by Julie Bartholomew
After being in China and Taiwan for six months of 2009 I returned to the TACA presidency in February 2010. The first major event for this year was Clay Energy in Gulgong. TACA staged a member’s exhibition titled 340 grams and 120 members registered for the show. Vicki and Ashley managed the event and organised a well-attended breakfast opening. Apart from many excellent talks and demonstrations, particularly from Ken Yonetani, Louise Boscacci and Torbjørn Kvasbø, Janet’s Gulgong event was a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with ceramic practitioners and enthusiasts.
In January 2010 the potter and teacher, Trudie Alfred, passed away. She was a strong, determined and greatly appreciated character who maintained a passion for both traditional and innovative ceramics practice. Trudie bequeathed 10% of her estate to TACA, leaving instructions for the bequest to be given periodically to emerging ceramic practitioners to assist their tertiary studies. 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. Karen Weiss in the process of writing about her work and her life for Issue 49/3 of JAC.
At 19 May TACA meeting Allan Baptist talked about his new self-published book on Ivan Englund. Allan’s stories about Ivan’s life were spell binding. Ivan was certainly a unique character and a potter with an extraordinary knowledge of clay, glazes, building kilns and firing. His contribution to Australian ceramics was significant and warmly acknowledged through Allan Baptist’s research and publication.
TACA organised a workshop with visiting international artist Ilona Romule from Riga, Latvia on Sunday 9 June. Ilona demonstrated casting techniques in fine porcelain and highly skilled onglaze enamel painting. The well-attended workshop was organised by Maddy Ghosh and took place at the Newington Armory, Olympic Park, Sydney.
Plans are in place for two major exhibitions at The Manly Art Gallery and Museum in December 2011. The first is TACA’s Biennial exhibition, Narrative Knot, with curator Gerry Wedd. The second is a show celebrating fifty years of continuous publication of The Journal of Australian Ceramics with curator Michael Keighery. Details on how members can participate will be in the next issue, 493, of JAC.
Finally, as President I would like to thank Barbara and Karen for holding the fort while I was away for my overseas residencies during the past 3 years. Also Vicki, our editor, Ashley and Astrid in the office, Dennis Woollam our accountant, Ellin Pooley for organising so many successful workshops, Marian for looking after InTouch, our treasurer Trisha, Heather for diligently recording the minutes, Barbara our exhibitions co-ordinator, Karen for focusing on education and all the members of the committee for their voluntary work and commitment. I have really enjoyed my time as President.
Our next meeting is Saturday 20 November, 2010, at 3pm, at TACA office, 249 Bronte Rd, Waverley NSW.
We welcome these new members:
Brooke Thompson, Robert Gowen, Simone Young, Renee Ferguson, Elisa Bartels, Ellen Macdonald, Kate Hudson, Belen Berganza, Philippa A Gordon, HG Pottery, Maria Vanhees, Olga Maxwell, Terry Bouton, Amanda Hustler, Talia Kimmerly, Dianne Peach, Karen Jennings, Paula Zschunke, Patsy Hely, Sharon Edwards and Ian Clare.
The Australian Ceramics Association Committee 2010/2011
President: Patsy Hely
Vice President: Barbara Campbell-Allen
Treasurer: Trisha Dean
Auditor: Dennis Woollam
Newsletter Editor: Marian McLaren
Minutes Secretary: Ros Bonser
Exhibition Liaison: Julie Bartholomew
Education Liaison: Karen Weiss
Events and Workshops: Ellin Pooley
General Committee: Natalie Velthuyzen, Amanda Hale, Jill Klopfer, Jo Wood
Editor/E.O: Vicki Grima