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So I Quit My Day Job

 Catherine Mahoney

It was an absolute honour to be interviewed by Catherine Mahoney on her podcast 'So I Quit My Day Job. If you have a spare hour and you'd like to listen to my story click the link below. 



'What a treat I have for you today. I loved my chat with Zeynep. From a 28-year career in teaching to her ‘encore career’ age 50 as a ceramic artist and owner of Soul Clay Studios on the NSW South Coast.

Zeynep opened her heart about the highs and lows of her life journey and the pure joy of the working life she now enjoys is just magic!!

‘Don’t let anyone burst your bubble’ - a

Timeout Sydney

28 May 2020

Zeynep Testoni Ceramics was mentioned in the article titled, 'Romance on the coast: Ten ways to cosy up in Kiama this winter.'  - Number 9 'Unleash the creative within'.

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The Potters' Cast Interview

14 November 2019

'Say Yes! and we'll work out the details later' - Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Paul Blais on his podcast, The Potters' Cast. We talked about my journey to ceramics, my passion for teaching and learning and the amazing people who have influenced my "encore" career! Grab yourself a cuppa and nestle in for a listen.


Australian Ceramics Open Studios

17 & 18 August 2019

Zeynep Testoni Ceramics Studio will participate in the Australian Ceramics Open Studios on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2019, from 10am-4pm. The studio will be open to the general public to visit and participate in activities. We will also be celebrating our 2nd birthday in Gerroa with wheelthrowing demonstrations, a student pottery marketplace and of course birthday cake! Come along and unleash your inner artist! FREE ENTRY
133 Headland Drive GERROA

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Destination KIama

Proud to be a Destination Kiama Partner

Since November 2018, a select range of Zeynep Testoni Ceramics can be purchased from The Kiama Visitors' Centre at Blowhole Point. The Kiama Visitors Centre is supportive of local artists, including two other talented and experienced ceramic artists who regularly teach in the Zeynep Testoni Ceramics studio, Donna Weatherby and Frances Smith. Purchase unique local artworks to remember your stay in our beautiful coastal area.

Photo courtesy of  @katrina_holden

Pottery Day Out

Feburary 2019

I had the pleasure of hosting Katrina Holden , freelance journalist, currently Editor @vacationsmag and her family in the studio in February. Our Pottery Day Out, becomes just the perfect thing to do whilst vacationing on the beautiful South Coast, lots of clay play , delicious food and the sights and sounds of the ocean from the studio. Click on the link to see more of @katrina_holden photos from her stay on the South Coast. (this photo of me in the red apron was also taken by her on the day, I think I'd like to frame it!) 


Headlands Exhibition

19 July - 25 July 2018

Stacy Burgess & Zeynep Testoni
Exhibition opening by Judith O`Sullivan, a retired potter from Tollijooa. The exhibition will also include works by the artists and students who frequent ZT ceramics studio.

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Mugged! exhibition at Mayspace Gallery - Waterloo

6 June -23 June 2018

"MUGGED! will include specially made pieces by emerging, mid-career and established artists with varying approaches to making, allowing for diverse interpretations of this ubiquitous object."

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Clay Date - Zeynep Testoni Ceramics

March 26th 2018

Get your hands dirty by getting into some clay​

It had been some while since I had visited the south coast of NSW to a small village called Gerroa, about an hour and a half drive from the Sydney CBD. 

Maybe it was the sands of Seven Mile Beach, the scenic hills, the sound of the waves crashing on the ocean rocks, or maybe it was my childhood memories that brought me back.

It was all of this, plus the thought of getting all fired up by getting dirty with some clay with a bunch of friends...

To read Gary Brown's full article for Weekend Notes click below

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Introducing South Coast Ceramics

June 2020

South Coast Ceramics is a new one-stop website to find the right ceramic art studio for you to learn pottery, buy pottery or see pottery being made. It is a collaboration between 3 independent ceramic studios in Kiama, Gerroa/Gerringong and North Nowra. Kiama Ceramic Art Studio, Soul Clay Studios and Crooked River Pottery all offer quality pottery classes and experiences on the South Coast! 

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