December 2008

from Julie Bartholomew, President

A call for proposals for White Heat, TACA biennial exhibition 2009, resulted in an unprecedented response. Fifty five proposals were submitted from many different areas of Australia. Established and emerging ceramics practitioners embraced a brief that focused on social, political and cultural concerns with an emphasis on sculpture, installation or non-functional vessel forms. The task of making a final selection was extremely difficult because many of the proposals were very well considered and supported by accomplished studio practices and exhibition histories. As curator for White Heat, my criteria for selection was determined by addressing the requirements of the exhibition brief; representing a diversity of social, political and cultural issues; presenting a range of approaches to ceramic practice while considering the exhibition space provided by the Manly Art Gallery.

Selected exhibitors for White Heat, 12 June – 19 July 2009, are: Avi Amesbury, Penny Byrne, Lynda Draper, Kate Dunn, Bern Emmerichs, Fiona Fell, Honor Freeman, Madhulika Ghosh, Irene Grishin-Selzer, Chris Headley, Andrea Hylands, Virginia Jones, Dr Kathy Keys, Gudrun Klix, Laura McEwan, Pru Morrison, Biljana Novakovic, Mel Robson, Avital Sheffer, Penny Smith, Liz Stops, David Tucker, Kenji Uranishi, Gerry Wedd, Rachael Williams, and Meng-shu You.

Thank you to all who have given their time and energy towards the submission of proposals. Due to the high quality of proposals, White Heat promises to be an exciting and provocative exhibition. The final days of the exhibition, including talks by the artists on Sunday 19 July, will link into the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09. A healthy partnership continues with the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, Facing the Future. The July 2009 edition of The Journal of Australian Ceramics will focus exclusively on the Triennale and will include interviews with keynote speakers; a four-day conference program; information about workshops; a Sydney and Regional exhibitions guide and information about Renegade Clay – events performed around the city by ceramic artists. Renegade Clay aims to inspire and inform new audiences. As exhibitions co-ordinator for the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, I would like to draw your attention to the growing number of Sydney and regional galleries staging ceramics-based exhibitions during the conference. Please refer to the EXHIBITIONS section on the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09 website at I am continually updating and adding to the EXHIBITIONS section so if you are planning a show, please contact me by email: Julie Bartholomew

We welcome these new members:

Dunja Kuhr, Sue Kerr, Estelle Kingshot, Susan Bell, Deborah Bains, Irene Grishin-Selzer, Christine Dehn, Sue Fraser, Marilyn Powell, Samantha Perks, Andrea Hylands, Margaret Morriss, Carol Nicolson, Kes Harper, Lindy Smith, Louisa Antico, Diamando Koutsellis, David Collins, Fiona Fell, Marilyn Raw, Rachel Kingston, Sue McCormack, Janette George, Mark O’Neill and Sue Hulland.

Members’ news:

Living Treasures & Masters of Australian Craft:

Ceramicists who have received the Living Treasure Awards are Les Blakebrough (2005) and Jeff Mincham (2009). Pippin Drysdale and Milton Moon have been awarded the Masters of Australian Craft. Congratulations to these leaders in ceramics in Australia.

2008 Churchill Fellowship:

Jane Crick has been awarded a 2008 Churchill Fellowship. She will travel to USA and UK in April/May 2009 to attend NCECA, meet other independent ceramics teachers, visit their studios and explore models of presentation of non-institutional workshops. Congratulations Jane.

Meetings for 2009: 3rd wednesday of every second month

Next meeting 21 January 2009 at 6.30 pm

TACA Office, 249 Bronte Road, Waverley

Following meetings: 18 March, 15 July, 16 September (AGM) and 18 November, 2009

Author: Australian Ceramics

In 1956, The Potters Society of Australia was formed to encourage and foster the development, appreciation and recognition of potters and pottery. It was the first ceramics organisation in Australia. In 2006, our name was changed to The Australian Ceramics Association to more fully reflect the scope of practice of the members. We are a national, not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of practising potters and ceramicists, students of ceramics and all those interested in Australian ceramics. We actively support and promote quality, specialist ceramics education nationally. T: 1300 720 124

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