from Julie Bartholomew, President
TACA has witnessed a year of new initiatives, exciting events in Australia and abroad, a renewed focus on workshops and a considerable increase in membership.
Since our last AGM, editor Vicki Grima has attended two inspirational ceramics events. They were Sturt Woodfire 2008 in Mittagong and the 2nd International Ceramics Magazine Editors Association Conference in Fuping, China. In Mittagong, Megan Patey and her team created a historic event that was well attended with excellent presentations, demonstrations and action-packed woodfirings. In China, Vicki received excellent feedback from international delegates with regard to the high standard of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. This response acknowledged Vicki’s capabilities as editor and the high standard for Australian ceramics.
Thanks to the efforts of our workshop committees and workshop organisers Ellin Pooley and Marian McLaren, TACA was able to offer a number of successful workshops with Greg Daly and Trisha Dean. Ellin and Marian were keen to provide hands-on, educational opportunities for practitioners working outside the education system.
A vital new initiative for TACA is the archiving of its records dating back to the mid-1950s. We are very fortunate to have Jill Chapman, who is known for her ceramics and work as archivist at The Powerhouse Museum, helping preserve an important aspect of Australian ceramics history. Jill is archiving a range of materials such as newsletters, technical bulletins, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, minutes of meetings, exhibition invitations and catalogues. Work has also begun on the Margaret Tuckson archive, which documents the professional life of one of Australia’s foremost potters and teachers.
A further initiative is our partnership with the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, Facing the Future. TACA and The Journal of Australian Ceramics will make a significant contribution. The July 2009 edition of The Journal will focus exclusively on the Triennale by featuring presenters and demonstrators, documenting exhibitions in Sydney and regional areas; publishing interviews with keynote speakers and the four-day conference program. This special edition of The Journal of Australian Ceramics will be an integral part of the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09 package for registered participants. Also looking to 2009 is TACA’s biennial exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum from 12 June – 19 July. The final days of the exhibition, including talks by the artists on Sunday 19 July, will link into the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09. The exhibition is titled White Heat and offers a space for discourses of social, political and cultural concern with an emphasis on sculpture, installation or non-functional vessel forms.
Proposals are due 17 October 2008.
George Butler, our long-term assistant at the ACA office, left for Port Moresby during July this year. At the final farewell party we thanked George for his great contribution and wished him well. TACA welcomes our new assistant Ashley McHutchison, bringing with her great skills and a positive attitude.
Memberships have risen significantly during the last year and the number of subscribers to the email discussion list has also increased. The members’ insurance scheme and online shopping are extra benefits attracting initiates.
Finally, as President I would like to thank Karen Weiss for holding the fort during my overseas residencies, Vicki, our editor, Dennis Woollam our auditor, Gaye Collett our Treasurer and all the members of the committee for their voluntary work and commitment.
We welcome these new members:
Becky Allard, Avi Amesbury, Blair Angelo, Yvonne Ashman, Beach Potters Yeppoon, Lisa Blanco, Kevin Boyd, May Briggs, Leanne Cole, Jing Ding, Bridget Foley, Carol Guley, Bev Hogg, Tania Kunz, Caz Lederman, Anne Marie Lightfoot, Kerrie Lowe, Sandra McHarg, Laurie McKern, John Mawhinney, Alison Mortiss, Jenny Papalexandris, Krista Petrauskas, Anna Roberts, Avital Sheffer, Marion Stehouwer, Helen Swords, Catherine Sloane Tamou, Prue Venables, Sue Warrington, Gerry Wedd, Sarah Winter and Meng-Shu You.
The University of South Australia has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Milton Moon in recognition of his past teaching at the South Australian School of Art and assisstance to emerging artists as already recognised by his Iconic Masters Award, Master of Australian Craft. Congratulations Milton!