Cameron Williams is one of Australia’s best known ceramic artists, designing and producing large scale ceramics for almost 30 years. Now based with his family at Bodalla on the far south coast, Cameron spends many of his days elbow-deep in clay at his wheel or nurturing the massive kiln in his workshop.
His work is in high demand and he is renowned for his architecturally specific items as well as the amazing scale of his works. He is also a part-time lecturer at the National Art School and his workshops are in great demand, particularly those with a focus on innovative wheel-throwing techniques developed by him over three decades.
There have been numerous commissions completed throughout his career including one off design pieces and large contracts including more than 200 wheel-thrown terra cotta planters and vessels for Parliament House in Canberra, crystalline vases for the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, hand-thrown planters for the Kooyong Tennis Club in Melbourne, regular Westfield shopping centre commissions and numerous projects for landscaping companies.
Because of the medium that Cameron has chosen to work with and his love of functional clay vessels, he has redeveloped the traditional Indian Tandoor and created the ‘Yard Oven’. This unique ‘hybrid’ backyard oven allows the user to cook using a tandoori oven, a tagine, a curry pot and also a small woodfired pizza oven. The barbecue will never be the same.
Cameron is planning to share the secrets of his ceramic success at SLEX in the City as well as cooking up some delicious treats from his SLEX-built yard oven. Learn how to turn clay into sustainable works of art with one of Australia’s foremost ceramic artists.