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
1990-1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, La Trobe University Bendigo
Selected Professional Experience/Development
2002-2013 Academic Lecturer, Ceramics, University of South Australia
2004-2013 Arts Officer, the Arts Centre, Port Noarlunga
2011 Ceramic Residency, SODA Studios, North Fremantle WA
Solo Exhibitions
2014 Flotsam & Jetsam, Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT
2006 Objectscapes, Jam Factory Craft and Design, Adelaide, SA
1998 Baggage, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 Designing Craft/Crafting Design: 40 years of JamFactory, Jam Factory, Adelaide.
2012 Subvert, Australian Ceramics Triennale, Subversive Clay, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2011 Home Front, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery, SA
Exhibition of new works. Artroom5. Adelaide, SA
2010 Clunes Ceramics Award. The Union Bank Arts Centre. Clunes, Victoria
2009 Pourers: functional vessels. Object Gallery, Sydney NSW
Exhibition of new works. Artroom5. Adelaide, SA
2008 Cherish. Artisan, Craft Queensland. Brisbane, QLD
2006 Clay … Ceramic Showcase. Craft Queensland. Brisbane, QLD
Teabowls: A survey exhibition of Australian contemporary ceramics. Sabbia Gallery, NSW
Awards / Grants
2011 Project Assistance Grant, Arts S.A. to attend SODA studios WA
2006 Project Assistance Grant, Arts SA
2003 University of South Australia Library, Annual Art Purchase Prize
1997 Ruth Tuck Youth Arts Scholarship, to attend Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
E.V.A. (Emerging Visual Artists) Exhibition, S.A. 1st Prize (ceramic category)
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
2003 Pottery in Australia, Winter 2003, Education and Exploration, p 58
2002 Ceramics Technical, November 2002, The Jamboree Workshops, p 77
2001 Pottery in Australia, Winter 2001, volume 38, no2
Collections University of South Australia



Lesa's work