April 2010

by Julie Bartholomew, President

I have returned from my Asialink Residency in Taiwan ready for many exhilarating future events including TACA member’s exhibition at Clay Energy in Gulgong, 2010. The exhibition is titled 340 grams and 130 members have registered so it promises to be an extensive and exciting representation of small-scale work. Vicki and Ashley will be managing the show as well as promoting membership, subscriptions and back issues from 28 April until 2 May.


Also on the agenda for this year is the launch of Allan Baptist’s biography of Ivan Englund at the next TACA meeting on Wednesday, 19 May. As Karen Weiss points out in her tribute to Ivan Englund, “You might not know his name because he was not one to put himself forward. However, if you look back at the early copies of Pottery in Australia, the covers may be faded but inside them there is such energy, such curiosity about the possibilities of clay and glaze, such a frenzy of experimentation. And right in the midst of this you will find, in almost every issue, the name of Ivan Englund.” (The Journal of Australian Ceramics 47#1)

Trudie Alfred was also a greatly appreciated potter and teacher. She recently passed away but has left a carefully considered legacy for emerging ceramic practitioners who struggle financially. At the beginning of Trudie’s ceramics career she experienced financial difficulties but continued a practice that she truly loved. Her generous donation will give others the assistance that she was unable to access. The scholarship will be administered by TACA.

During 2010, TACA will be planning more workshops with the assistance of Ellin Pooley who will organise another Art of Photography with Caterina Pacialeo. Workshops continue to be well attended.
Barbara Campbell Allen is coordinating the next Manly exhibition programmed for 2011. The South Australian ceramic artist Gerry Wedd has accepted an invitation to be the next curator. Being a national body TACA wishes to encourage members from all states to apply.

Experiences during my Asialink Residency with the Taipei Artists Village in Taiwan were very memorable and I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the ceramics community in Taipei, Tainan and at the Yingge Ceramics Museum. I was invited to present many lectures at universities and the Yingge Museum while in Taiwan, representing Australian ceramics, the Australian Ceramics Triennale 09, TACA and The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Many thanks go to Barbara Campbell-Allen for chairing our meetings while I was overseas.

We welcome these new members:

Mary Margereson, Keiko Matsui, Dagmar Ackerman, Kim Schoenberger, Pamela Walsh, Kate Pullar, Mieke Van Sambeeck, Dianne Turner, Gordon Hickmott, Jane Robertson, Lucy Vanstone, Katherine Watson, Alison Littlemore, Joanne Maggs, Rhonda Ayliffe, Mirta Ouro, Shoalhaven Potters, Gary Thompson, Catherine Lane, Merrilyn Stock & Geoff Downs, Kylie Loebel, Lindsay Leckey, Virginia Walsh, Lisa Benn/Kurec and Karen Gaskell.

Next Meeting: 

Wed 19 May, 2010, 6.30pm

Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Harris St, Ultimo

All members are welcome.
Free parking. 

After the meeting join us to launch a new book, “Ivan Englund Australian Potter” by Allan Baptist.

Dates for 2010: 21 July, 15 September (AGM), 17 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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