Warrick Palmateer

Born 1969. Kew, Victoria, Australia
Lives and works: north of Boorloo (Perth), Western Australia


Warrick Palmateer, accomplished potter from Western Australia, channels his deep connection to the coastal landscape into his ceramic vessels. With over three and a half decades of experience, his art reflects the rugged and delicate beauty of the Indian Ocean and Southwest Australian coastline he calls home. Influenced by his upbringing in Western Australia, Warrick's work captures the interplay of light, shade and movement inherent in the littoral zone.

His vessels, often gargantuan in scale, are formed from brick clay sourced from the Perth Hills, imbuing them with a sense of place and history. Drawing from his passion for beach-combing and surfing, Warrick employs expressive textures and intuitively rendered colours to evoke the ever-changing nature of the littoral zone.

Artist Statement

The warm and powerful flow of the Leeuwin Current inspires Palmateer’s clay odyssey. With a career spanning over three decades, Palmateer's artistic journey is deeply intertwined with the shifting and ephemeral nature of the Southwestern Australian coastline.

In 'Leeuwin Current,' Palmateer invites viewers to navigate the ebb and flow of coastal existence, where clay becomes a vessel for capturing the timeless rhythms of coast and sea. Each piece reflects the dynamic interplay of light, shade and movement inherent in the littoral zone, echoing the ever-shifting current of the Indian Ocean.

Through expressive textures and intuitively rendered colours, Palmateer's wheel-thrown vessels evoke the rhythms and patterns created by the Leeuwin Current’s clockwise and anti-clockwise eddies, swirls and vortexes as it flows southwards along the western coast of Australia. This is a mesmerising dance, choreographed by nature, that invites contemplation of its vanishing and emerging elements. With each stroke of clay, Palmateer channels the transient nature of the Southwest Indian Ocean, inviting us to immerse ourselves in its timeless and ephemeral, momentary embrace.

Acknowledgements & Collaborators

Represented by Linton & Kay Galleries.
Film Maker: Lee Jessamine

Exhibiting at

Rockingham Arts Centre

Consisting of an exhibition space, multi-purpose room and studio space.


11 Kent St, Rockingham, WA 6168