Nicci Parry-Jones

Moving to Queensland in late 2017, Nicci quit her day job to become a full time potter, but her arts practice ranges over 25 years, encompassing ceramics, photography and design.

Her ceramics are a joyful mix of colourful thrown porcelain forms, quirky tea pots and whimsical sculptures that reflect the spirit of discovery the artist is exploring living the dream. She has a studio on Mt Tamborine where she offers intimate workshops and classes.

In 2020 she became the part-time Programs and Administration Coordinator for Ceramic Arts Qld.

Nicci’s says of her practice:

“I love to throw on the wheel; it is that quiet timeless space that coalesces 25 years of practice and spontaneous creativity into one action. Then comes the science and an age old process: firing the clay; mixing ingredients like an apothecary; dipping, lapping and overlapping glazes and loading the kiln, hoping the kiln gods smile on you. I feel privileged to be able to work in the field of ceramics, creating forms that offer a haptic intimate experience that only handmade crafts can give.”

Nicci’s ceramics are sold under her brand, PJ Pottery

“A Sentence of Teapots” 2014 Photo: Richard Stringer

Nicci Parry-Jones



Selected Awards

  • Executive Dean’s Award, Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University 2017
  • Grand Champion Exhibit Pottery Section, Glen Innes Annual Show, 2016
  • Reserve Champion, Black and White Photography, Glen Innes Annual Show and First Prize, Colour Enlargement, Glen Innes Annual Show, 2015
  • TAFE Student Award (commitment to teaching), 2010
  • TAFE Communications Award, 2009


  • Part-time Programs and Admin Coordinator Ceramic Arts Queensland 2020-
  • full-time potter and ceramics tutor/workshop provider 2018-
  • Volunteer Workshop Coordinator and Publicity Officer Gold Coast Potters 2019-2020
  • ceramics teacher Gold Coast Potters 2019-2020
  • Invited to produce dinner sets for A Taste Of Noosa dining event, Cooroy Qld 2019
  • Initiator/ co-curator of XX Factor exhibition, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Qld for Int. Women’s Day 2019
  • Member of Board of Management, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Qld 2018
  • Artist/scholar in residence, Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia February 2017 and July 2017
  • Design and print-ready graphic design for 2 museum art trail brochures Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia 2017
  • Guest speaker at International Women’s Day 2013 and 2016
  • Guest Curator (with Caroline Downer) of artworks@ARTLANDS Dubbo, Regional Arts Australia National Conference 2016
  • Ceramic artist-in-residence in Spain and USA 2009 and 2013

Short CV

Bachelor of Arts – Art History/Communications 2017 Charles Sturt University (with Distinction)
Advanced Diploma of Ceramics 2008 Gymea, TAFE NSW
Arts Projects Officer Arts North West 2007-2017
TAFE NSW Ceramics Teacher 2006-2012
Cert 1-4 Studio Ceramics 1995-2006, Glen Innes TAFE NSW


Selected Exhibitions 2007 – 2021

Ceramic Arts Qld Annual Members’ Exhibition 2020, 2021

Participant and Co-curator XX Factor Exhibition, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Qld
Eclectica Group Exhibition, BFAC Members, Butter Factory Arts Centre
Untethered Group Exhibition, Arts Connect, Butter Factory Arts Centre
Domestic Bliss II Solo Exhibition, Glen Innes Art Gallery
Inclusion II Solo Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth
Inclusion Artists’ Collective Studio, Tenterfield
Sense of Play Solo Exhibition, NERAM, Armidale
Playing with Clay Solo Exhibition, Tamworth Regional Gallery
Domestic Bliss Solo Exhibition, Armidale Art Gallery
Part of the Picture Solo Exhibition toured to: Armidale Art Gallery, Armidale, NSW; Gunnedah Civic Centre; Playhouse Hotel Gallery, Barraba; Muse Gallery, Sydney


2019 Initiated and co-curated XX Factor Exhibition for International Women’s Day
2018 Noosa Open Studios and Australian Ceramics Association Open Studio events
2017 Table Talk pottery workshops with refugees and new migrants, Armidale and Tamworth for Arts North West
2017 Scholar in Residence, Islamic Art Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2017 Judge of photography, pottery and 3D works, Inverell Acquisitive Exhibition
2016 Guest Curator (with Caroline Downer) of art works @ ARTLANDS Dubbo, Regional Arts Australia National Conference (October 2016)
2013, 2015, 2017 Judge, artist & demonstrator, Frost Over Barraba Festival
2013 Artist in Residence, Decatur Illonois, USA
2007 Judge of sculpture, pottery and mosaics for Inverell Acquisitive Exhibition
2007-8 Costume designer Glen Innes Arts Council productions of Chicago and The Full Monty
Participating Artist in Hidden Spaces Exhibition, Glen Innes
Participating Artist Moving Art Exhibition, touring regional NSW
Sell out exhibition My Place, My Time, My Self, NERAM, Armidale

Artist Information

Name: Nicci Parry-Jones
Address: Mt Tamborine
City: Mt Tamborine
State: Queensland
Post Code: 4272
Telephone: 0427 746 982
Instagram: @pj_pottery
Ceramic Practice: Throwing, Sculptural
Clays Used: Any, mostly high fired
Firing Techniques: Gas Kiln
Galleries and Sales Agents: Healthy Homewares – Maleny, The Orangery – Maleny, Under The Greenwood Tree and e360 Design, Tamborine Mountain