February 2009

From Dr Julie Bartholomew, President, TACA

Plans are underway for the July 2009 edition of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Issue 48/2 will focus exclusively on the Australian Ceramics Triennale, to be held in Sydney from 16 to 20 July. The July issue will increase in size and include interviews with keynote speakers, a four-day conference program, workshop information and an exhibitions guide.


Twenty five artists have been chosen for White Heat, TACA’s Biennial Exhibition 2009 at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Selected artists are a mix of established and emerging ceramics practitioners and will work to a brief that focuses on social, political and cultural concerns with an emphasis on sculpture, installation or non-functional vessel forms. White Heat opens before the Australian Ceramics Triennale on Friday, 12 June and will be a significant event in conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennale during July.



The ACA anticipates a strong presence at the Australian Ceramics Triennale. In addition to White Heat and the July edition of The Journal of Australian Ceramics, The ACA will also have a booth at the National Art School to sell memberships, subscriptions and back issues from 16 to 20 July, 2009.

Damon Moon’s workshop, Tea Bowls and the Te-Rokuro, the Japanese Hand Wheel, was a success with 6 participants attending. It was held in Willunga, South Australia during November 2008

Caterina’s “The Art of Photographing Ceramics” workshop in February is full, but the 21 March still has vacancies. Graham Hay’s paperclay workshop, 4 & 5 April is filling quickly. (See workshop information below).

TACA enjoyed a Christmas dinner gathering on 18 December, 2008. Eighteen members celebrated an exciting and successful year at an Erskineville cafe. Vicki Grima’s tremendous work was acknowledged with flowers and good wine. Wishing all our members a Happy New Year and hoping you fulfill all that you desire.


We welcome these new members:

Tobias Spitzer, Carolyn Roberts, Beatrice Prost, Greg Cregan, Helen Plesar, Jacqui Hudson, Helene Power, Denise Jane Davies, Kathryn Powderly, Ken Ison, Sam Jeffries, Janet Mansfield, Wendy Jagger, Bern Emmerichs, Ursula Burgoyne, Pru Morrison, Penny Byrne, Klaus Gutowski, Chris Headley, Christine Holland, Adelaide Potters’ Club, Kay Goldfinch, Monika Juengling, Kate Dunn, Edward O’Brien, Jacky Talbot and John Tomlin.


Cathy Keys, of Bardon, QLD, has been awarded a SignatureBrisbane Seed Grant of $7,500 for her project on ceramic objects that focus on the mangrove habits of the Brisbane. Her aim is to raise public awareness of the importance of mangrove forests throughout the greater Brisbane region. SignatureBrisbane Seed Grants were open to all members of the community and were designed to increase the environmental and cultural wealth of Brisbane in unique and creative signature ways. Congratulations Cathy!


Australian Ceramics Hall of Fame Update

Dear members of The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA),

As indicated in previous emails, we have asked members their thoughts about instigating a “Ceramics Hall of Fame” award, or similar.

As you can probably imagine, many ideas were put forward by our members relating to who would choose the recipients, criteria for selection, the forms the award could take, the frequency of the award and the long-term management of the award.

A few points that were generally agreed on by the majority of those who gave their opinion or were involved in discussions:

that the award be truly national, with all state membership organisations having input

that the process be inclusive, not exclusive, of the whole ceramics community

that the setting of criteria be carefully considered by looking at ways other bodies have set up similar awards e.g. NCECA, AFI, ARIA

that, for the award to be ongoing a national body, such as TACA, will need to be involved

TACA has also indicated to the Australian Ceramics Triennale (ACT) committee that we would be happy to assist further with feedback and/or to be involved in further discussions with the ACT committee if their decision is to go ahead with the award/s at the Australian Ceramics Triennale in July 2009.



Vicki Grima

Editor: The Journal of Australian Ceramics; E.O.: The Australian Ceramics Association, P O Box 274 / 249 Bronte Rd, Waverley NSW 2024

T: 1300 720 124, F: 02 9369 3742, Mob: 0419 250 282

E: mail@australianceramics.com; http://www.australianceramics.com



VENUE: TO BE ADVISED (the Powerhouse is not available).

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every second month at 6.30 pm

at The Powerhouse Museum (if space is available)

Free parking

Dates for remainder of 2009: 20 May, 15 July, 16 September (AGM), 18 November






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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