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Stephanie James-Manttan at her studio, Photographer Brand South Australia

Stephanie James-Manttan


Stephanie James-Manttan’s sculptural porcelain works are studies in light and balance. Her vessels evolve on the pottery wheel. Indenting the surface while wet, she transforms them into translucent, textural forms that have a soft woven-like characteristic. Influenced by indigenous basket weaving, her work is also informed by the inherent organic qualities of her chosen medium.

Alongside her exhibition work, James-Manttan makes a production line of tableware and has recently begun experimenting with other clay bodies such as stoneware and raku. She is co-founder of 6 Hands Studio in West Croydon and opened the retail space 3 Degrees West late last year. Her work is exhibited nationally and can be found in numerous leading Australian craft and design outlets, including at JamFactory, Council of Objects and One Small Room.



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Solo Exhibitions

2012, Indent, JamFactory, Collector Space, Adelaide, SA
2011, Re-Mark, Kerry Lowe Galleries, Newtown, NSW
2009, Porcelain Vessels, JamFactory, Studio Works Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2009, Impression, Art Images, Norwood, SA
2009, Feature Artist, Barossa Living Gallery, Tanunda, SA

Group Exhibitions

2015, Space, Place, Pattern, Worth Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2015, Turning 10: Silver, Diamonds, Tin, Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale
2015, In the Bag, 2015 Adelaide Fringe event. 6 Hands Studio, West Croydon, SA
2014, Be Consumed: Creative Collaborations from the Barossa, JamFactory Barossa and JamFactory Morphett Street, Adelaide Galleries, SA
2013, Invitational Sculpture Exhibition – Fleurieu Art Prize, Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa
2013, Sound Echo Repeat, Re Poles Art Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
2013, Design Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory, Gallery 1, Adelaide, SA
2013, A civilised thing to do: JamFactory 40 Years, Art Gallery of South Australia
2013, 365 Cups: a cup a day, Worth Gallery, Adelaide
2013, Over the Road, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2012, Tooled, Geoff Stapleton Gallery, Prospect, SA
2012, Off Spring, AC Arts, Adelaide, SA
2011, Mercy Art, Mercedes College, Mitcham, SA
2011, Wish List, Craftsouth, Adelaide, SA. Selected by Craftsouth
2011, Makers in Retail, JamFactory, Adelaide, SA
2012, Time and Place – Australian Studio Ceramics, curated by Vicki Grima, Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
2010, Excursion, Carbon Black Gallery, Prahran, VIC
2012, Christmas 2010, selection of Australian ceramic artists. Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, NSW
2010, Art of Nature, Innes National Park Information Centre, SA
2012, Teawares, JamFactory, Gallery 1, Adelaide
2012, South Australian Ceramic Awards, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood
2012, Clay Adelaide, Exhibition House, Gulgong, NSW
2009, Tapas, Art Images, Norwood, SA
2009, Stirring the Possum, Art of Nature, Hilton, Adelaide, SA
2009, 2D or not 2D, Urban Cow, Adelaide (as part of SALA)
2009, South Australia, Clay Without Convicts, National Art School, Darlinghurst, NSW
2009, Wish List, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA
2009, Helpmann Academy's Maestros and Apprentices, Adelaide, SA
2009, Scotch Art 2009, Scotch College Adelaide, SA
2009, Exoteric Clay Collective, Greenhill Gallery, Adelaide, SA
2009, JamFactory Ceramic Studio, JamFactory, Atrium, Adelaide, SA
2009, Fem-FATE-Tale, Eye2Eye Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide, SA


2004-2007, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design (Ceramics), Adelaide College of the Arts


Art Gallery of South Australia
South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage.
Government of South Australia, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.


2011, SALA JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Award
2010, South Australian Ceramics Awards, Art Gallery of South Australia Acquisition Prize, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood, SA


2011, Mar/April, ‘Marie Claire Maison Magazine, Paris’ Inspirations, Folles alvéoles, Page 116.
2009, A Journey Through the Seasons, Landscapes, Government of South Australia, Department for Environment and Heritage, Special Edition, 'Environment as a Palette',. Pages 12 & 13.
2009, Porcelain Charm, 'Adelaide Matters' Issue 112, page 42
2011, ‘The Journal of Australian Ceramics’, South Australian Ceramics Awards. Pages 62 & 63.
2011, ‘Craft Arts International’, South Australian Ceramics Awards. Pages 110 & 111


Various cafe/restaurant commissions within Adelaide, for example East End Providore, Tell Henry and Hey Jupiter


2007-2008, JamFactory Associate Programe, Ceramics Department,, Adelaide. SA
2009, 4 Day artist in residency at Innes National Park in collaboration between South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage and JamFactory
2011, Artist in Residence, Mercedes College, Mitcham


Pony and Cole cafe with plates by Stephanie James-Manttan.

Stephanie James-Manttan | Pony and Cole

05 Sep 2017

In a true team effort, Nicolle Hahn (from Pony and Cole Icecream), studio Koush and Union St Printmakers have transformed a former furniture warehouse in Hindmarsh into a lively cafe, studio and showroom. Pony and Cole cafe opened in July with a focus on seasonal fresh food all served up on cups and plates by ceramicist Stephanie James-Manttan. Julie Pieda has also relocated Koush Design into this exciting new creative hub.

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Stephanie James-Manttan on She Shopped

11 May 2017

Why does ceramicist Stephanie James-Manttan choose to work in SA?
‘Being a creative practitioner here in South Australia, we have lots of support from organisations such as Well Made. By choosing SA, you’re nurturing and fostering a whole creative community here in South Australia and it’s launch pad to bring your product across the world.’
Watch She Shopped's latest episode of South Australia in the Studio where they catch up with Stephanie at The Barn.
Special thanks to I Choose SA.

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