1953 - 2022
Graham Oldroyd (1953- ) was born in Bulli, NSW, a northern suburb of Wollongong. From 1972-3, he studied ceramics at East Sydney Technical College (ESTC) and the Canberra School of Art, developing a research interest in Islamic ceramic forms and glazes which he shared for many years with Alan Peascod. In 1974, he set up a studio at Wombarra, NSW. In 1977 he began lecturing at ESTC, becoming Head of Ceramics from 1980-1984. During this time he was given a Research Scholarship to study Islamic Glaze and Ceramics with Said El Sadr in Cairo and in 1984 invited as Overseas Guest Lecturer at Camberwell School of Art , London.From 1985-6, he worked in TAFE NSW as Head of the Ceramics Division. In 1988, he set up a partnership with Phillip Lakeman under the name Lakeman Oldroyd Architectural Ceramics. Oldroyd had been working in the architectural field for several years, having been commissioned to complete a large ceramic mural with painter Michael Ramsden for the new Parliament House in Canberra in 1986-7. After working on architectural commissions in Asia over a number of years, Lakeman and Oldroyd eventually moved to Bali, Indonesia, setting up the Pesamuan Ceramic Studio there in 1994 and retiring from President Direction there in 2013 .The business is still a going concern, specialising in ceramic tiles. Oldroyd now draws and paints, and relocated to Perth with his partner, Atmoko Sapto in May 2019.