Fran and recent work

Fran Romano

Since completing a Diploma of Visual Art (Ceramics) at ANU School of Art in 2013, I’ve been making, selling and exhibiting my work as FRATTEMPO Ceramics.   This Italian word translates as “meanwhile” (it also incorporates my initials as seen on all my pieces)!  

FRATTEMPO references my cultural heritage and captures the essence of my making practise where I explore ideas of memory, nostalgia and the passage of time.   I hope my work encourages a moment of reflection, the excuse to pause and make a small ritual out of your task, whether it is making a cuppa, lighting a candle or arranging flowers or food on the table.

Fran Romano I Ceramic Artist


Fran has developed functional designs for Cafes and restaurants including Rye Cafe in Braddon, ACT, and Jackalope Hotels in Victoria.

Fran currently works from her home studio in the inner city. Inquiries and visits from the public are most welcome.

Selected Group Exhibitions

June 2018    mutabilis                            Mu Studio Gallery, Mosman, NSW

May 2016    divergence    FORM Studio and Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

July 2015    The Printed Surface: ceramics + print          Megalo Print Studio & Gallery, Canberra

July 2015    PROTEAN                                            NISHI Gallery, Canberra

Oct 2014     Eclectika: Ceramic Artistry for the Table            STUR Gallery, Braidwood, NSW

Oct 2014    The Italian Connection                                         The Q Gallery, Queanbeyan, NSW

July 2014    Emerging Artists Support  Scheme       Watson Arts Centre, ACT

Feb 2014    Claybodies: ceraMIX              FORM Studio and Gallery, NSW

Sept 2013  Print and Clay Symposium             ANCA Gallery Dickson, ACT

Nov 2013   Graduate Exhibition          School of Art, Canberra

Markets &  Events

2016 + 17     Participant: DESIGN Canberra Festival                                     

2015             Ceramics Marketplace                National Gallery of Australia

2013 - 2017   Undercurrent Design Market                                                

2012 - 2015    Art not Apart, multi-arts Festival                                         

Awards & Residencies

August 2018 Finalist, Little Things Art Prize, Saint Cloche, Paddington NSW

2017 Self-Directed Artist Residency, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos Greece

Oct 2016 Finalist,             Dying to Talk National Palliative Care Art Prize    

2013 Ceramics Technical                         Emerging Artist Award

2013 Canberra Potters’ Society               Emerging Artist Award