June Mooi

June is known for her delicate, detailed painting on china.

Originally from South Australia and then the Gold Coast, June moved to Beaudesert in 1964 when she married her Dutch husband, who ran an auto electrical business here for many years before his retirement.

Back in the eighties, June and her great friend Hilary Rains decided to go to art classes at the high school. The art teacher touched on pottery, and Hilary, June and a few friends were inspired to form a group who potted at home. June however became frustrated with potting on the wheel, and decided to give it up.

Around that time a teacher from Beenleigh was coming to Beaudesert to teach china painting. Unfortunately her car broke down, and she never arrived in our town. June however was so taken with the idea of painting on china that she went to the classes in Beenleigh, and has been painting with the teacher ever since.

She would buy white gazed pottery pieces and then apply the paint. Paint came in powder form, so had to be mixed with a medium to the right consistency.

When the piece was fired, the paint would seep into the glaze, becoming permanent and light-fast. This however meant that no mistakes could be made! June would paint her pieces at home, and take them to Beenleigh to be fired in the teacher's kiln. Pieces took many weeks to complete, as each colour would have to be applied and fired separately. Some of her work incorporates gold paint.

June no longer paints as she has some arthritis in her hands, but we still have some examples of her exquisite work in our Lyrebird Gallery. Come along and be tempted!