movie day: Sabbia Gallery Sydney presents Marissa Angapiya Thompson

Sabbia Gallery Sydney is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by APY artist Marissa Angapiya Thompson, titled ‘Panu Tatu ‘ Gum Trees’ from 27 May to 18 June 2022.

This sell out exhibition presents a beautiful body of new work in ceramics by the artist.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to hear from Marissa about her family, and her practice. She says:

My land is the desert plains. I used to do jewellery, I learned it from my grandmother (my father’s mother). She used to collect the tatgu (gum nut) and use hot wire to make it into jewellery. She was wearing it herself and sometimes it was for sale. I used to help her make it, she taught me and I learned it quick.

I learnt a lot of things from my Nana like wood carving, making little birds and lizards from punu (wood) that we collected from the creek. This is Anangu way. Now I use all that knowledge and I put it onto my ceramics.

My Aunty (father’s sister) was also a special lady. She taught me for bush medicine and we learn everything to do with bush fire and after the fire how to hunt for kuka (meat) like kangaroo. After bush fire there’s going to be new tjanpi (grass) and I do this in my artwork too.

I was lucky my Nana was still alive when I was growing up. She was a strong lady as she stayed out in the bush all the time. My father and my Aunty were ninty (clever) because they learn everything from her and then they teach it all to us kids too.

Marissa Angapiya Thompson, February 2022

Marissa was born in 1985 and grew up between her family’s homeland and Ernabella. She aended Kenmore Park Anangu School. Her father was an integral part of the APY Land Rights Movement, and her mother, Carlene Thompson is a former Ernabella Arts chairwoman and a senior Ernabella artist. Marissa has four sisters, three of whom are also practising artists at the art centre. She has two young children with her partner.

Marissa completed her first painting at Ernabella Arts in 2007 and her first ceramic work in 2009. She was an integral part of the first two workshops at Ernabella of the Indigenous Jewellery Project. Her jewellery work incorporates resin, traditional timber carvings and designs cast in silver. Her jewellery was exhibited at the Jam Factory as part of the Tarnanthi Festival in 2015.

Marissa’s artistic style in both ceramics and painting is incredibly precise. Her work often depicts tatgu (gumnuts), kurparu (magpies), tjanpi (grass) and sometimes branches out into minyma inma (womens ceremony), tadpoles, the rainbow serpent and maku (witchetty grubs). Marissa is also a skilled ceramic hand builder.

Marissa’s ceramics continue to be exhibited throughout Australia and overseas including Belgium and Macau in 2021.

movie day: Enter the Dragon: Jennifer Ling Datchuk

The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) has acquired nine artworks by eight San Antonio-based artists, including “​Enter the Dragon”, 2020 by Jennifer Ling Datchuk (American, born 1980)​​. The acquisitions are part of the Museum’s Initiative to Acquire Art by Contemporary San Antonio Artists. Film Produced by Walley Films. Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Learn more at

call for entry: The Ceramics Congress – An International Ceramic Film Festival 

2022 Juror: TBA

This will be the very first Ceramics Congress juried Film Festival! Our hope is to have a wealth of submissions from all over the world.

  • This is a juried exhibition. Juror’s decisions are final.
  • All entries must be complete and received by March 31, 2022 @ midnight CST.
  • Films must be submitted as a youtube link. This can be an unlisted video, but it can not be hidden or we won’t be able to access it.
  • The festival will be held online only.
  • Open to artists from anywhere in the world who are 18 and older.
  • Films that have been exhibited elsewhere are eligible.


  • By submitting your film for consideration you are acknowledging that the work submitted is your own work and that you have full permission to use the footage. Please credit all collaborators and staff in the submission form.
  • By submitting your film to the festival you are agreeing to have your film be shown online and that still images of your film may be used for publicity purposes.
  • Please note: It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from all copyright holders of materials included in the submitted film. The Ceramic School will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted film. The Ceramic School reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorized copyrighted materials.

The festival opening will be held online as part of the Spring Ceramics Congress, exact date to be announced. The festival will also be available to view online after The Ceramics Congress.

About The Ceramics Congress:

The Ceramics Congress is a bi-annual online event bringing together ceramics artists from around the world for 5 days in May and November. It host workshops, artist talks, technical advice and demonstrations, exhibitions, vendor expo, makers market and many interactive social events. Thousands of attendees participate each time making this the number one online international ceramic event.


movie day: Inima Pottery




A potter marriage couple in Kawakami village, Nara, Japan.
Their own brand is “Inima Pottery”

Vessels that are to be considerate of human living including “Yasashii-Utsuwa” designed for people even with handicap. How have they been created.

These two authors live together and they found the starting point through “meeting with new people”, “anxiety” and “conflict” in their life.

movie day: Namita Gupta Wiggers Webinar, Betty Feves Ceramics

Educator and curator Namita Gupta Wiggers discusses an important pivot in arts education in the 1930s and 40s exemplified by the ceramics of artist and WSU alumnus Betty Feves. This talk accompanies the exhibition Betty Feves: The Earth Itself at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU. After the talk, Namita has a conversation with Squeak Meisel, Chair of WSU’s Department of Fine Arts. Questions have been moderated via Zoom Q&A.