5-Minutes with Hannah Vorrath-Pajak

Emerging ceramist Hannah Vorrath-Pajak, makes heirloom wheel thrown functional ware and precious objects. In 2020 she received an Elevate Mentorship with established, Adelaide based ceramist Susan Frost. We sat down with Hannah – virtually, of course – and asked her a few questions about her experience.

What did an Elevate Mentorship from the Helpmann Academy mean to you personally and professionally?
My shift to porcelain, with a focus on wheel thrown functional ware, was supported by the mentorship opportunity with Susan Frost. The experience helped to solidify themes and techniques within my practice and created a clear path of inquiry for future work. I learned specific techniques in throwing with porcelain and glaze making that have become invaluable, staple skills in my practice today. Personally, this experience has helped me find my feet more as an emerging artist and gave me the confidence to explore new techniques and ways of making.

How did the Elevate Mentorship program support you?
Through this mentorship I was afforded the time to experiment and play, which led to making a considered body of work, that I was really proud of. This work was then exhibited as part of a group exhibition during the 2021 SALA Festival.

What would you say to anyone considering applying for the Elevate Mentorship program?
I would absolutely recommend emerging artists to apply and take advantage of this wonderful program offered by Helpmann Academy – it provides the opportunity to focus on skills and experiences that you believe will add value to your practice.


Did you know that our Elevate Mentorship Program is one of our longest running programs?  Valued at up to $3,000 Elevate Mentorships are tailored to your needs. This opportunity provides you with specialist professional development by pairing you with a mentor to expand your creative practice. 





The Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship Program is generously supported by Commonwealth Private.