Lesa Farrant

Ceramic artist Lesa Farrant scours her local beach, Port Willunga, for a range of natural and man-made debris, from which she creates her slip-cast components. These delicate porcelain casts are then constructed to produce specimens of both the indigenous and introduced plant forms of the region. For the native plant specimens, Farrant includes casts of organic material such as sticks, shell and cuttlefish bone; and for the noxious species, she collects what she describes as ‘jewel-like beach rubbish’ of brightly coloured plastic bottle lids, children’s confectionery containers and tennis balls.

Margaret Hancock Davis, curator, JamFactory Adelaide, SA.


Porcelain sculptures


The Studio

  • Porcelain sculptures

    Porcelain sculptures

  • Pots


  • The Studio

    The Studio




MOVIE: Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 Years of JamFactory

One of a series of short interviews with South Australian crafts people. This one features Lesa describing her recent work and how she goes about its creation.



2009 Master of Visual Arts, University of South Australia
1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, La Trobe University Bendigo
Qualifications and Professional Development
Current Studio practitioner, Wirruwarrungga/ Port Willunga, SA
2020 SkyCity, sol rooftop art work commission, Adelaide
2018 Recipient 2018 Guildhouse Catapult mentorship
2017+ 2018 Arts SA Peer assessment panel member
2016-ongoing Arts Officer, Sauerbier House cultural exchange, Port Noarlunga, SA
2002-2013 Academic Lecturer, Ceramics, University of South Australia
1999-2003 Studio tenant, Jamboree Clay Workshop, Adelaide
Solo Exhibitions
2018 An (un)natural Selection, JamFactory, Adelaide
2014 Scantlings, Craft ACT, Canberra
2006 Objectscapes, JamFactory, Adelaide
Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 GOLD, 50 years 50 JamFactory Alumni, JamFactory, Adelaide
2021 Links, Loops and Crossovers, Collect Space, JamFactory, Adelaide
2020 Ebb,West Gallery, Thebarton, SA
2019 Making, the Quiet Voices. Australian Ceramic Triennale, Waterfront Pavilion, Hobart
2017 Solastalgia, Gray Street Workshop and Murray Bridge Regional gallery
2016 One + Three, Drawing Lines, JamFactory, Seppeltsfield
2013 Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 years of JamFactory, Jam Factory
2012 Subvert, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Home Front, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Exhibition of new works. Artroom5. Adelaide
Awards / Grants
2018 Independent Makers and Presenters Project Grant, Arts South Australia
2014 Professional Development Grant, Arts South Australia
2011 Project Assistance Grant, Arts South Australia
2003 University Of South Australia Library, Annual Art Purchase Prize
Selected Publications
2018 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 57 No2 July 2018, p 83
2014 Scantlings: A Taxonomy of Plastic Soup, Craft ACT
2014 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 53 No 1, p 105
2013 Designing Craft/ Crafting Design: 40 Years of Jam Factory, p 86
2012 Fleurieu Living, Summer issue, p 44
2011 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Volume 50|2, p 7
2006 The Journal of Australian Ceramics, volume 45|1, p 62 & cover



Lesa's work