Hilda Botha

Hilda was born in Namibia, grew up in South Africa, spent her young adult years in New Zealand and settled on the Central Coast of NSW in 2011. Creativity has always been an important part of her being and over the years she has found many creative outlets, including painting, floral art, graphic design and beading. She was introduced to clay in 2018 and loves the flexibility and endless opportunities hand building offers. After a busy week in a full-time role she enjoys the opportunity to get lost in the making process.
People, their many different expressions, quirks and moods have always been fascinating to her and seeing a personality emerge from a lump of clay is hugely gratifying. She also loves the challenge of giving each piece a unique and fitting name! At the end of the day though, her hope is that her art makes people smile.

Wendy Thompson

Wendy’s love of ceramics began in 1969 in Canada when she was 13 and had the inspiring Miss Alice Wilson as her high school art teacher. ‘Alice’ as she liked to be called by her students who hung around the art room after school, was fresh out of teacher’s college and loved to throw and fire and create things in the new school’s art room. It was her love of clay and creativity that spoke to Wendy then, and still does today. Today Wendy can be found teaching and passing on her passion for all things ceramic in her studio, Myall Street Studio, Tea Gardens. It’s an Open studio where customers can walk into the shop and chat with students of all ages playing with clay in a casual relaxed environment. A lot of experimentation with clay and glazes happens here as is evident in the variety of Wendy’s work.

57 Bull St, Cooks Hill