April 2009

from Dr Julie Bartholomew, President, TACA

We are already witnessing a number of exceptional exhibitions during the lead-up to the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, Facing the Future, 16 – 21 July. The Wollongong City Gallery staged influences & dialogue in December, an exhibition honouring the life and influential career of Alan Peascod. Pippin Drysdale’s serene and technically exquisite exhibition titled Tanami Mapping at the Michael Reid Gallery continues until 4 April.These exhibitions are a sign of events to come as we anticipate more than 35 ceramics-based shows during the Australian Ceramics Triennale (ACT) 09. Already 22 exhibitions have been listed in the exhibition section of the ACT website: http://www.australianceramicstriennale.com.

Our editor Vicki is now turning her attention to the July issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 48/2. Plans are underway for a “bigger then ever before” issue, which will support the ACT and focus on interviews with keynote speakers; information about demonstrators, presenters and theme-based panels and an exhibitions guide.

White Heat, TACA’s biennial exhibition 2009 will open a month before the ACT on Friday, 12 June. This exhibition smashes the notion that Australians may be socially, culturally or politically complacent. Twenty-five exhibitors will reveal an art practice that actively pursues an understanding of the forces that are shaping and destroying the world that their art occupies. Sunday, 19 July, the last day of our exhibition, will see an ACT event from 6 – 8pm at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, showcasing the exhibition, the gallery’s ceramics collection and also a gesture of good will to the future and safety of our living planet.

In keeping with the mood of White Heat, Steve Harrison, who is known as Eco-warrior, will present a solo exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum titled Head First – Mind over Matter.

Ellin Pooley, our workshop organiser, booked a “Photographing Ceramics” workshop in February with Caterina Pacialeo. This studio-based workshop focused on developing practical and technical abilities for photographing ceramics. The response was very positive with mention of Caterina’s vast experience and technical knowledge. Graham Hay, a pioneer in the field of paperclay, is set to give a fully booked workshop on 4 + 5 April. He will be flying into Sydney on his way to NCECA in Phoenix. The TACA workshops are gaining momentum as they provide a valuable opportunity for practitioners to access information, ideas and techniques outside the established education system.

The April edition of The Journal of Australian Ceramics, 48/1, will be in our hands within days, with its focus on Sculpture and Artist in Residence programs.

Finally, thanks to Marian McLaren who has been managing INTOUCH, which is now an on-line newsletter.


We welcome these new members: Gloria Malone, Graham Longhurst, Natalie Velthuyzen, Terry Love, Jane Godbold, Lyn Bates, Brenda Tye, Andrew Trollip, Suzanne Morrison, Christine Herbert, Bridget Bodenham, Penny Smith, Sandra De Leacy, Susan Harper, Rosalind Bonser, John Popham, Jill Klopfer, Jennifer Cappy, Judy Nastov, Jenny Stokes, Mel Robson, David Tucker, Melissa Lees and Kenji Uranishi


Louise Boscacci is one of four Australian artists selected for an Australia Council London studio residency for 2009. The residency will be for three months. Congratulations Louise.

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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