My language is that of form and colour.

I have found my affinity In the forever fascinating and inspiring world of clay and glazing. This form of art is the ultimate combination of all I cherish: sculpture, painting, physics, chemistry, poetry and above all it’s very alluring and challenging. It’s a long and complicated process from a soft piece of clay to a finished piece that sings.

I do smaller lines of functional design with big focus on high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. To me glazing is just as important as the form itself and I spend a lot of time researching and developing my own glazes.

The core of my Art Practise for over twenty five years have been to depict ideas, tell stories and communicate conceptual thinking. I have done this through mixed media like painting, sculpting, installations, writing and performance.

There are a few conceptual projects in the pipeline for 2018-2020 where I mainly will work with ceramics but also in combination with other material and techniques.

I graduated 2016 with recognition of Achievement for Diploma in Ceramic Arts. My first own studio where I’m able to do the whole process from start to finish has just been set up and I'm ready to start running. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty!


  • 2018 WSP Tile Challenge
  • 2016 Recognition of Achievment for Diploma in Ceramic Arts, Otago Polytechninc Dunedin School of Art..
  • 2015 NZ Potter's National Exhibition - Highly Commended Award "Contrast & Union"
  • 2015 NZ Potters 50th Anniversary Tertiary Student Competition - Merit Award "The occasion of a meal"



  • Otago Polytechnic 2015-2016

Diploma in Ceramic Arts - Graduated with Recognition of Achievment

  • Stockholm University 2002-11

Art Pedagogy


Folk Art


  • University of Dalarna 2008

Physics A

  • The Institute of Business Administration FEI 2002-08

Certificate in Accounting

Certificate in Business Controlling

  • Ölands folkhögskola 2002

Certificate in stone sculpting

  • Paletten Art School 1994-95

Certificate in Painting, Sculpting and Art history




Selected & Curated Group exhibitions

  • 2019 No.8 National Waire Art Award
  • 2019 Finalist Waiheke Small Sculpture Award
  • 2018 Finalist in Rick Rudd Foundation "Emerging practitioner in clay Award"
  • 2018 Pescatore national tableware exhibition, Chiristchurch
  • 2017 Finalist Waiclay national Ceramic Awards
  • 2017 NZ Potter's national tableware exhibition, Wellington
  • 2016 Imereys national tablewe exhibition, Christchurch
  • 2016 "Birdbrain" Calder & Lawson Gallery, Hamilton. Curated by Sybille Schlumbom
  • 2015 Finalist Waiclay National Ceramics Awards
  • 2015 NZ Potters National exhibition Whangarei
  • 2010 Höstsalongen Haninge kulturhus Stockholm
  • 2010 Kulturstigen “Meeting” Stockholm
  • 2009 Kulturstigen “Money” Stockholm
  • 2000 SKF’s 25th Anniversary Stockholm
  • Waitakere Art Trust Award Auckland
  • 1998 Fisher Gallery Pakuranga

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012 "Here and now" Gallery Kyrkskolan Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2011 "This is it" Kistamässan Stockholm, Sweden                                                                       
  • 2009 "Tales by a fairy with elephant feet" Gallery Lorentzon Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2004 "Forbidden Fruit" Gallery Hagström Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1998 Fisher Gallery Pakuranga, New Zealand                                               
  • 1996 Gallery Premiär Falun, Sweden



  • Volume 23, 2016. At the Hamilton Garden Arts festival
  • Volume 18, 2014 in Hamilton. Part of Spark International Festival of Media, Arts & Design


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StudioSinel Ltd

Ceramic Art & Design Studio based in Hamilton New Zealand. Sculpture and functional Design created by Sylvia Sinel.