Cathy Franzi


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Dr Cathy Franzi is a ceramic artist exploring botanical and environmental themes. In 2015, she was awarded a practice-led Doctorate in Visual Arts (Ceramics) at the Australian National University School of Art & Design and received the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s College Artist Fellowship. Botanical research is fundamental to the integrity of Cathy’s work and is supported by her Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney. In preparation for a body of work, time is spent in the field observing, drawing and photographing plants. Whether accompanying botanists, or in an herbarium or seed bank, insights and methods of scientific research inform and become embedded in her studio practice. 

Cathy has undertaken several artist residencies including The Centre for Ceramics in Berlin, Fremantle Arts Centre in WA and Bundanon Trust. In 2020, she received a Highly Commended award in the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize and in 2021 was the People’s Choice winner for the Klytie Pate Ceramics Award. Cathy has been a recipient of Australia Council for the Arts funding to support research culminating in a solo exhibition in Berlin in 2023. Her work is held in several collections including the Grassi Museum of Applied Arts in Leipzig, Germany, Canberra Museum & Gallery, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, The ANU Art Collection, Parliament House Art Collection, and the Art Gallery of Ballarat. She is currently a lecturer at the ANU School of Art & Design.


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Image: Daviesia latifolia, 2023. Porcelain, sgraffito. Photo: Andrew Sikorski-Art Atelier