Ted Secombe



After 4 decades at his potter's wheel, Ted Secombe says that making pots is more challening now than when he first began, as his motivation is purley the expression of his ideas and creativity. He has now developed a mastery of the medium that allows him to take his experimentation further then ever before. 


Ted likes to work with different shapes and now prefers much simpler forms, forms with the sense of an easy curve, 'like a brush stroke'. 'My inspiration comes when the clay is on the wheel and I am looking at the sensuousness of the curve,' he says. Sometimes he is influenced by the structure of plants and leaves. Ted's other passion is gardening, and he has created a glorious garden around his studio.


Born in Australia 1957



Downlands College - Queensland, Australia

Graduated with CBLT Associate Diploma in Medical Technology

Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry)


BACKGROUND  Commenced Potting 1979, Self Taught



SOLO – 2015 One East Asia, Singapore

GROUP - 2014 New Dehli , India

GROUP - 2004 Arts Exclusive Gallery, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA

SOLO - 2003 Arts Exclusive Gallery, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA

SOLO - 2003 Ascension, Warkworth, New Zealand

GROUP- 2001 St. Joseph Galerie-Leeuwarden, Holland.  Galleries Mebius-Noordhorn, Holland

SOLO - 1992 & 1994 Sendai, Morioka and Sapporo - Japan

SOLO - 1991 Sendai and Morioka - Japan



2018 Skepsi Gallery – Malvern, Victoria

2017 Sabbia Gallery, Paddington NSW

2016 Skepsi at Manningham Gallery, Doncaster, Victoria

“Teapots and Miniatures” -Ted Secombe Studio – Dixons Creek, Victoria

2014 - Sabbia Gallery, Paddington NSW

2014,2013,2012 -Ted Secombe Studio - Dixons Creek, Victoria

2004 - 25th Anniversary, at Ted Secombe Studio, Yarra Glen, Victoria

2003,2001,1999,1998 Cloudehill Gardens – Mount Dandenong, Victoria

1997 Daring Gallery - Melbourne, Victoria

1995 Freeman Gallery - Hobart, Tasmania

1992,93,94,95 & ‘98 Golden Canvas - Sydney, N.S.W.

1994 Valley Gallery - Yarra Valley, Victoria

1984,85,87,93 Elgin Gallery - Melbourne, Victoria

1983, 86 Potters Gallery - Brisbane, Queensland

1982 Australia Craft - Queensland



2017 Sabbia Gallery, Sydney, Australia

“Convergence” Sunshine Coast, QLD

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award – Vic.

Clunes Ceramic Art Award – Vic.

Skepsi Gallery at Monsalvat – Eltham, Vic.

2016 Sabbia Gallery, Abundance Masters, Paddington, NSW

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award – Vic.

Skepsi Gallery at Monsalvat – Eltham, Vic.

2015 Sabbia Gallery, Autograph, Paddington NSW,

Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award – Vic.

Stepping-up, Canberra. ACT.

Hop for Hope at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for Alannah Madeline Foundation, Yarra Glen. Vic

2014, 2013 Skepsi  pop-up Gallery at Monsalvat - Eltham, Vic.

Skepsi  pop- up Gallery at Whitehorse Town Hall - Box Hill. Vic.

2004 Skepsi Gallery Imperial Porcelain – Carlton, Melbourne

2003 Skepsi Gallery Imperial Porcelain launch – Carlton, Melbourne

1999 Objects Gallery “A Generous Vessel”- Sydney, Australia

1999 & 2000 International Flower Show - Melbourne, Australia.  Artisan Gallery - Launceston, Tasmania

1996 Bamfurlong Gallery - Hahndorf, South Australia.

Fusions Gallery - Brisbane, Queensland

1995 Manly Art Gallery & Museum  - Potters Society of Australia

1994 Golden Canvas

1991 Bond University - Gold Coast, Queensland.  Sojourners Gallery - Melbourne.

1991 Hallworth House - Yarrawonga, Victoria.

1990 Queensland Potters Association - Brisbane, Queensland

1988 Elgin Gallery, Carlton, Melbourne.

1986 State Ceramic Award - Toowoomba, Queensland. Golden Canvas Gallery - Sydney, N.S.W. Queensland Potters - Melbourne, Vic.

1983 Selected Queensland Potters - South Australia




Art Gallery Illinios - U.S.A

Artbank - Sydney, Australia

ANZ Bank - Melbourne, Australia

Auckland Museum - New Zealand

Australian Meat Workers Union Collection

Ballarat Art Gallery - Victoria, Australia

Ceramic  Study Group - Sydney, NSW, Australia

Colgate University - New York, U.S.A.

Crown Casino Collection - Melbourne, Australia

Daiko Corporation - Japan

Fujisaki Collection - Japan

Gandell Collection - Melbourne, Australia

Gold Coast City Art Gallery - Queensland, Australia

Hamilton Art Gallery - Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

High Court of Australia

Kamins Collection of Contemporary Art - U.S.A.

MANABI Park Tajimi - Japan

Manly Art Gallery and Museum  - N.S.W. Australia

Melbourne Meat Workers Union Collection

Muswellbrook Art Gallery - N.S.W. Australia

National Gallery of Australia - Canberra, Australia

Powerhouse Museum - Sydney, Australia

QANTAS Collection

Queensland Art Gallery - Australia

Queensland Civic Gallery - Australia

Queensland House - London UK

Queensland Potters Gallery Collection - Australia

Queensland State Collection

Shore Collection - Sydney, Australia

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery - Australia

Warrnambool Art Gallery - Victoria, Australia

Western Australian Art Gallery – Australia

Whitehorse Collection - Melbourne, Australia



2012 Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

2011 Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi,

Epping Plaza, Victoria

2010 Lend Lease Gandel Group, Chadstone

2003, 04 Crown Towers - Melbourne (Art Package)

2000 Westin Plaza Hotel - Singapore (Art package)

Gandel Group - Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne, Aus.

1999  Regent Hotel - Sydney, Australia (Room package 150 pieces)

Island Pacific Hotel - Hong Kong - (Art package)

1998 Ramada Hotel - Hong Kong (Art package)

Shangri-la Hotel - Shanghai China (Art package)

Marriot Hotel - Gold Hill Plaza - Brisbane Australia (Room Package 210 pieces)

Royal North Shore Private Hospital (Art package)

Bond Street Apartments - Sydney. N.S.W. (Art Package)

Crown Towers - Melbourne

Perth Private Hospital - (Art Package)

1997 Ritz Carlton Millennia - Singapore (Art package)

Crown Towers - Melbourne, Australia (Art and Room package 380 pieces)

Sheraton Towers - Kuala Lumpur (Art and Room package 402 pieces)

1996  Ritz Carlton Millennia - Singapore (Art 30 Lobby works and Room package 600 vases)

Conrad Hilton - Singapore (Art package)

Crown Towers - Melbourne, Australia

1994  Laguna Quays Resort - Queensland (Art and room package)



1995 Benalla Mining Co. Pty. Ltd. - Runner-up

1980 -87 Winner of numerous regional ceramic awards

1984, 85, 86 Gold Coast Ceramic Award - Highly Commended

1986 Queensland State Ceramic Award

1986 Fletcher Brown built Merit Award - New Zealand

1985, 86 North Queensland Ceramic Award

1982, 83, 85 Caltex Warana Brisbane Winner



2014 - Ceramic Arts Association of Western Australia.  Master Classes Northcote, Melbourne Australia

2013 - Powerhouse Museum - Ceramic Study Group, Sydney, Australia

2002 – Sunshine Coast Potters Group and Wide Bay and Burnett  Potters Assn – Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

2001 Warwick - Gladstone - Cairns

2000 North Queensland Potters Assn - Townsville & Charters Towers

1999 Tasmanian Potter’s Society - Devonport, Australia

1998 Macquarie University - Sydney, Australia

1996 Newcastle Potters Studio - N.S.W. Geelong Potters Association - Victoria.

Holmesglen College of TAFE - Victoria. Box Hill College of TAFE - Victoria

1995 Artist in residence, SHORE - Sydney, N.S.W. Lectures to Universities and Colleges

1994 Lectures to Universities and Colleges. Professional workshops conducted

1993 Lectures to Masters Degree Students - Monash University, Vic.

Professional workshops for Ceramic Groups.

1986-87 Lectures to Art Gallery Patrons on Ceramic Appreciation

1982-87 Lectures and Tutorials to Urban and Country Pottery Assns.

1982-83 Lecturer Ceramics - Gold Coast College of TAFE

1981 President - Gold Coast Potters Assn.



2004 Discover Channel 7

2002 Postcard’s Channel 9

1999 Burke’s Backyard Channel 9

1998 Burke’s Backyard Channel 9


Associated Exhibitions

Movement and Tangibility
Manyung Gallery Mt Eliza
7 March - 29 March, 2015
View works on exhibition