Local Profile – Andrew Potocnik

Ahhh…the people you run into when you’re both running (literally) around local parklands.  I actually know Andrew through Mr Rosanna as they are both long-time middle distance runners, who know each other from many years ago.  Andrew is also a talented artist who stopped full-time teaching a little while ago – time which he can now devote to his artistic practice along with being invited to demonstrate his skills at international symposiums…DSC_8179

Name: Andrew Potocnik

Occupation: Teacher, wood artist

Lives: Macleod

How long: My whole life, so far…


Describe myself: I’ve always found myself drawn to wood as a material that enabled me to fulfil my day to day (utilitarian) needs, but more importantly it has given potential to convert concepts conjured in my mind into three-dimensional creations. I find it difficult to walk past a piece of wood and not see potential in its colour, grain, texture or form that can be converted into an object that celebrates its origin, and hopefully enriches the lives of people whose lives the piece enters. Let’s be honest, how much closer can we get to our local environment than crafting trees that have passed their use-by date into something that will live forever in the right hands?

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Best things about living in this area: Macleod is a relatively unknown area that is tucked away in a leafy part of Banyule. There is plenty of parkland, it’s close to the Yarra and its running trails… not to forget places like… shhhhh, let’s keep them just between those of us who know…

Website: www.andrewpotocnik.com

Facebook: Andrew Potocnik

Instagram: Andrew Potocnik