August 2009

from Dr Julie Bartholomew, President, TACA

The Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, Facing the Future was very well attended and a great success. A stream of stimulating and informative talks, action-packed demonstrations, endless exhibition openings, long late-night pub conversations, a dazzling wind-up in the Cell Block with footage of Renegade Clay and a fantastic grand finale party at SCA.


The closing ceremony for White Heat on the Sunday delighted many visitors who were also attending the Triennale. I was particularly pleased to have been able to acknowledge the artists who exhibited in White Heat. Ten of the exhibitors contributed towards the ceremony. They carried hundreds of hand-written good-will wishes, which had been placed in Maddy Ghosh’s Buddhist monk bowls, outside to the candle-lit circle to be burnt as offerings to the future. A khom loi lantern was also lit and sent into the night sky – a wonderful sight.

Many of the Triennale ceramics exhibitions are still open, so check your exhibition guide or the Triennale website.

For the next six months I will be overseas taking part in artist residencies so I am happy to be handing the presidential duties to the very experienced Barbara Campbell-Allen during my absence. A big thanks to Vicki and Ashley for all of their hard work and support during the Triennale and the White Heat exhibition.

We welcome these new members: Zoe Churchill, James Whitington, Andrea Tilley, Debra Farrell, Graeme Wilkie, Janine Brody, Sandra Brown, Shaaron Smith, Samantha Gordon, Christine Sullivan, Pam Pratley, Lise Edwards, Paul Gould, Canbora Bayraktar, Kaylene Horgan, Wendy Hatfield-Witt, Michele Bevis, Michelle Snowdon, Tom Mellor, Erin Lykos, Stewart Scambler, Eleni Holloway, Jackie Gasson, Maria Parmenter, Vicki Passlow, Nandita Nadkarni, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Tracey Rainford and Kaye Stephens.


John Dellow has been accepted for the Ganjin exhibition and workshop and plans to tour Korean potteries after the workshop.

A new exhibition for members!
The Australian Ceramic Association announces its 2010 members’ exhibition: 340 grams

28 April – 2 May, 2010, during Clay Energy in the Masonic Hall, Gulgong.

Why 340 grams? This is the weight of a normal issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics.

Your challenge? Take 340 grams of wet clay and make a bowl or a sculpture.

Conditions of entry: Members must complete an Expression of Interest Form (downloadable from or call 1300 720 124 and we will mail you one) and submit to The Australian Ceramics Association by 15 February 2010. A member may submit 1 or 2 works. Each completed work must weigh less than 340 grams. Each work must be accompanied, on delivery, by an entry form (downloadable from closer to the time). All works must be for sale. TACA will charge 20% commission on sales.

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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