Cathy Franzi is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Canberra. She says of her practice; “I investigate ways in which representations of Australian flora on ceramic vessels can communicate ideas about the current environment. My initial training was in science, informing the botanical approach I take to my subject. However, it is the love of being in nature that gives me a passion for making – to find ways to express the character of each unique plant and the diversity, and fragility, of environments they inhabit.” Her recent work derives from a residency at Bundanon, (the former Boyd family property),situated on the Shoalhaven River. During her stay she spent time exploring the environment and cultural history of the area with these works a response to "moments finding Rock Figs and Rock Lilies found in hidden escarpments, seeing my first sighting of rare rainforest Red Cedar, experiencing the quiet of dry ridge Casuarina forest, recognising iconic hillsides of majestic Spotted Gum and seeing ever changing views across the river to Pulpit Rock.” Cathy adapts relief print making methods to her ceramics, making her own tools for her impressions. Her marks are clearly visible with individual hand gestures reflecting the characteristics of the plants she depicts.
Cathy Franzi graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney in 1985 and in 2010 she completed her Masters of Visual Arts from the Australian National University. In 2015 she was awarded her PhD from the Ceramics Workshop, School of Art, Australian National University. Her work is held in collections including the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the ACT Legislative Assembly and the Manly Art Gallery.