Johanna De Maine came with her family as a small child from Holland in the 1950s. They settled in Maroochydore when it was a little known community, but had a childhood free to roam and explore. After school she trained as a teacher, but a friend took her to pottery classes where she discovered a skill and a passion that changed her life. Johanna opened her studio in Landsborough with her husband Ted, in 1981 after relocating from Calliope and they supplied endless domestic ware until Johanna’s unique creative flair became recognized and her career advanced to that of ceramic artist. Between 1980 and the present day, there have been innumerable awards; solo exhibitions and accolades and a remarkable string of letters after her name, as she studies both formally and privately to extend her knowledge and techniques. Johanna has become internationally renowned for throwing exquisite forms purely in porcelain, then using lustres and gold for her surface depictions. She has drawn much inspiration from the local scenery, flora and fauna of the Sunshine Coast, particularly the Glasshouse Mountains which have been a solid background to the majority of her life. Sadly, Ted died in 2015, removing the other rock from her life. Some time on and feeling rudderless, a potting peer suggested Johanna accompany her to a workshop in Japan, hoping that this would spark some new enthusiasm and creativity. In Arita, Johanna met Master Potter Tatsuya Tsutsui, who shared her devotion to ceramics and to the development of the artform and they now share a life too. Splitting their time between the two homes, Johanna has been influenced by this new experience and culture and so new symbols and ideas are showing in her pieces. There is a subtle meld of old and new, Australian and Japanese imagery wrapped together but in a balanced and contemplative way. She has further advanced her own creation and use of decals from her photos; her enamel flower motifs have evolved as a celebration of the cherry blossom and these richly interwoven artworks convey another whole facet of the artist’s life.

   All serious art is a progression and this new phase in her firmly established career is a delight to behold. Johanna’s ceramics are already to be found in major collections from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to the Porcelain Museum in Jingdezhen, China and with H.M. The Queen as well as Crown Prince Frederik & Princess Mary in Denmark, reinforcing the truly world class standing of this regional artist’s creativity.   Johanna De Maine porcelain is to be found at Art on Cairncross near Maleny. For more details and images see

Skye Leong
Author: Skye Leong

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