Much of Malcolm’s time is now dedicated to producing custom designed and made tableware to hotels, restaurants and cafes throughout Australia, including Southern Ocean Lodge, Longitude 131, Capella Lodge, Park Hyatt Hotel, The Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Monopole, Yellow, Masuya Group, Single Origin Roasters, Patricia’s Coffee Brewers, Aqua Dining, Ormeggio, Bennelong, Bathers Pavilion, Nomad, Firedoor, Rengaya and Artemis (Singapore)

Malcolm Greenwood’s work has been featured in most of Australia’s leading design and style magazines, food magazines and in the books of several of Australia’s leading chefs.

This extensive production work not only serves as Malcolm’s income source, but equally importantly, allows him to continually develop his ceramic skills and knowledge, which are then directed at the creation of his exhibition work. There is a constant `to and fro’ of techniques and ideas between Malcolm’s production and exhibition work.

His work is sublimely simple, showcasing classic shapes and innovative glazes. As a result of Malcolm’s travels and various experiences, his work represents influences from both East and West.

All his pieces are highly sought-after by Sydney’s leading stylists and collectors.

Ceramic work

The Beginning

Malcolm Greenwood began working with clay while studying for a degree in Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A., in 1976. After moving to Boston, he began studying various Japanese pottery techniques with visiting Japanese potter, Makoto Yabe, including throwing, ‘neriage’, glaze formulation and firing techniques.

While living in Nigeria (1978 to 1979) Malcolm built a wood-fired kiln, producing pots using local materials. In addition he travelled throughout much of West Africa, studying the traditional pottery techniques and various collections of antique and contemporary pottery. The form and texture of many of the African pots has had an influence on the development of his work.

On returning to the U.S.A. in 1979, he again worked with Makoto Yabe. During this period Yabe’s most significant influence on his professional development as a potter, was with regards to the philosophy of making and firing pots.

Malcolm returned to Australia in 1980, working in clay on a part time basis until 1989, when he left the corporate world, finally, to begin a career as a full-time as a potter.


The Challenge

His objective always is to produce pieces which are simple but strong in shape, decoration and colour as well as having some ‘freedom’. Much of his work is functional. The tableware has been designed to be aesthetically pleasing, a pleasure to use and to present food well.

Download press articles

Malcolm Greenwood, article in Ceramics Monthly

Originally published in June 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.

"With these hands”, article in McGrath, The Weekly Magazine

“Malcolm Greenwood: the Art of Production” by Bruce McWhinney

SMH Teapot article Aug, ‘08

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