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Jacki Nicholls (Jakpot Pottery) and painter Lyn Gawne display their works at Ferry Par. Image: contributed.

Ferry Park Gallery – ‘Artist of the Month’ – September 2020

Ferry Park Gallery featured artists of the month for September are potter Jacki Nicholls (Jakpot Pottery) and painter Lyn Gawne.

Jacki Nicholls grew up in rural England who, as an 8-year old, dug her own clay and created little creatures that she then painted. She now works from her home studio beside the beautiful Nymboida River (which inspires many of her works).

Jakpot Pottery pieces are handcrafted from stoneware clay using coils, slabs and various sculpting techniques. They are then slow dried over a number of weeks and then bisque fired. Once they are glazed, they are refired at a higher temperature resulting in a durable and glasslike finish.

Jacki says “My pots are often inspired by the river and bushland around my home. My dragons usually decide their own ‘character’ as they are being formed. I never know exactly what personality will emerge until it is complete.”

Lyn Gawne is a self-taught artist, with no formal training, learning through mistakes and experimentation. She describes her art as realism and uses acrylic, oil and pastel.

Lyn says “I get such a thrill out of standing back and looking at what I have created and to know it looks real whether it’s a portrait, landscape or still life. To me there is no better feeling than to see the morning light catch and reflect through a vase you have just painted. The paintings I have done for Artist of the Month for Ferry Park are a wide range of subjects and are a tribute to my late husband Bob who was my biggest fan.”

Lower Clarence Arts and Crafts Association Inc (LCACA) is a not for profit community organisation promoting and showcasing artisans of the Clarence Valley. LCACA opened Ferry Park Gallery in 1993 for members to display and sell their work. LCACA welcome new members to join us as an exhibitor or volunteer to work in our gallery. Ferry Park Gallery is on Big River Way, and easily accessed from the Maclean Interchange on the Pacific Motorway. Ferry Park Gallery has a COVID safety plan and is open 7 days from 9am – 3pm.



Diane Nixon