Meet the Mentor: Mandy

When Mandy started work at Monte Lupo Arts 27 years ago, it was a very different place.

“We had a tiny studio in the back of a gallery at Sunnybank Hills,” she said. “I worked one day a week and my job was to throw the pots, the supported employees would decorate them and they would be sold out the front.”

Monte Lupo’s founding potter David Usher was her boss. Fast forward almost three decades and Mandy is working full-time as the studio’s head potter.

“It’s such a unique place to work,” she said. “It’s challenging and rewarding and there is no such thing as a typical day – every day is different.”

Mandy says that while her role as head potter is to make the pots, she helps with whatever needs to be done.

And with a shop to fill, galleries to stock and numerous exhibitions to prepare, there’s a lot to be done.

“We are constantly creating. When one piece is finished, we are onto the next,” the mother-of-three said.

“There is a huge amount of myself that I put into my work.”

Mandy says seeing the team’s work on display and seeing the supported employees learn and achieve makes it all worthwhile.

“That’s our team, that’s all of us together, and it’s a big achievement for everyone.”

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