August 2010

by Julie Bartholomew

The workshop given by Latvian ceramicist, Ilona Romule at the beginning of June encompassed exceptional skill and commitment to porcelain practice. Ilona had many stories to tell about her international lifestyle exploring residencies and workshop around the globe. Thanks to Maddy for organizing the workshop at Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park. Upcoming TACA workshops will focus on Photographing Ceramics with Caterina Pacialeo in Sydney and Christopher Sanders in Melbourne, and a Grant Application Workshop with Sam Wild from NAVA.

The latest issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics is hot off the press. It features valuable information about ceramics competitions and a stunning cover featuring Neville French’s work. The next issue, 49/3, will focus on architectural ceramics and mosaic, with the first issue for 2011, 50/1, featuring Robyn Phelan as guest editor, exploring the theme of body and ceramics.

A small group of members of The Australian Ceramics Association met for a brainstorming session to discuss plans to celebrate fifty years of continuous publication of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. The celebration will take place at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in December 2011. It will coincide with TACA’s biennial exhibition titled Narrative Knot, to be curated by Gerry Wedd. We have approached Michael Keighery to curate an exhibition for the 50th celebration and he has enthusiastically agreed. Many fabulous ideas for the celebration are circulating by email. Further discussions, with Michael on board, will take place during August.

Vicki has recommended 10 emerging ceramics practitioners for the ICMEA Conference in Fuping/Jingdezhen, China during November 2010. Those selected will be offered an exhibition opportunity and the chance to win a residency in Fuping Pottery Art Village, Shaanxi, China.

Discussions for administering the Trudie Alfred Bequest will commence in the near future. Her estate is currently being settled and will provide opportunities for practitioners who are studying ceramics. Her generous donation gives others the assistance that she was unable to access.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 15 September (AGM) at the Powerhouse.

We welcome these new members:
Carly Brett, Pam DeGroot, Shona Brethouwer, Caroline Reid, Szilvia Gyorgy, Tamara McCarthy, Sharon Dekoke, Sarah Hogwood, Robyn Gill, Dannis Lee Prowse, Suzanne Hoskin, Raj Nagi, Donna Chapman, Margaret Ling, Caroline Corby, Vanessa Lucas and Wendy Smart.


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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