April 2012

by Patsy Hely, President

What a good night! JAC’s 50th celebrations at Manly AG&M at the end of January went off really well. Fifty years of publication represents a fantastic achievement and to everyone who has had a hand in the journal over the years, well deserved the plaudits and goodwill flowing on the night. It was great to see so many there including some who have been involved with JAC since its very early days, Margaret Tuckson, Peter Rushforth and more – along with past (and present) editors, contributors and readers.  And, it was just great to catch up with lots of old pals, and see everyone else doing the same.

One of the highlights of the night was the awarding of the first round of Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships with Trudie’s family joining us. Trudie’s niece Marie Westgarth made the presentations to the recipients: Amy Hick (ACT), Janetta Kerr-Grant (VIC), Tracey Mitchell (NSW), Serena Rosevear (TAS) and Sharon Thompson (NSW).  Trudie wanted the awards to make a difference to the life and careers of up and coming ceramicists by helping them complete their studies and the Association wishes them well.

We are very grateful to the staff at Manly Art Gallery and Museum for hosting the event. As ever, in our collaborations with them over the years, they were generous hosts, as they were in hosting the member’s exhibition “The Narrative Knot”, and the 50th anniversary show “Promotion”, both of which concluded on the night.  Our thanks go to the curators of the exhibitions as well, Gerry Wedd and Dee Taylor-Graham.

Lots of hard work has gone into the Journal over the years (most of the editors I spoke with mentioned the phrase ‘a labour of love’), but nevertheless producing each edition is a fairly monumental task so the opportunity to thank the editors publicly was a great pleasure. The 50th anniversary edition of the Journal will be out shortly and Vicki has worked hard to ensure it is a memorable one, so can’t wait to have a look. Vicki has also been working quietly away on a number of projects dear to our hearts, the development of a new TACA website and the preparations for enabling online access to the journal. Look for news about these initiatives shortly.

The Australian Ceramics Triennale in Adelaide is shaping up and we have organized with the SA committee to hold a further JAC 50th anniversary celebration at the end of one of the day’s sessions. Our aim in this is to celebrate the 50th with those from other states who couldn’t attend the Sydney event.  And, the national conference is a fitting venue to be celebrating the longevity of the national journal. TACA is also organizing The Vase Show members’ exhibition as part of the celebrations and details about entering a work can be found on our website.

TACA is also sponsoring a postgraduate research forum at the conference so those of you engaged in research – theoretical, historical or technical – at graduate level in ceramics are encouraged to submit a paper. TACA will be making a contribution to the expenses of those who have papers accepted.

It has been a busy and highly charged few months for the staff in the TACA office and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Vicki, Ashley and Elisa for all of their hard work.

TACA Workshop with Shannon Garson, QLD
Under the Surface – creativity and mark making: A two-day workshop with Shannon Garson on 4 + 5 August 2012 at Maleny Arts & Crafts Group in Maleny QLD. Participants will use drawing and surface techniques to explore ceramics as a form of self-expression; $290 per person; ($270 members of TACA). Fee includes a delicious lunch at Shannon’s home. For information and bookings contact The Australian Ceramics Association, T: 1300 720 124; E: mail@australianceramics.com

TACA Workshop with Sandy Brown, UK
TACA has booked the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby for 27 + 28 October for a two day workshop with Sandy Brown, an international ceramicist, sculptor and painter from the UK. Keep your eyes open for more details.

The 2012 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

With a combined prize pool of $55,000, the biannual Award is one of the premier international ceramic art prizes. The 2012 winners are:
International Prize: Michal Fargo (Israel) for Else, a technically innovative and environmentally friendly series of sponge structured porcelain sculptures.
Australian Prize: Kirsten Coehlo for her large-scale installation of domestic interiors influenced by colonial-era Australian paintings and featuring porcelain reproductions of 19th century household objects.
Emerging Australian Prize: Alexandra Standen for her wall installation featuring serial slab-built ladders and ships inspired by the writings of Italo Calvino.   
The 2012 Award attracted entries from across Australia as well as from countries including the USA, UK, Switzerland, Taiwan and Japan. Each of the winning artists will be commissioned to produce an exhibition of new work for display at SAM from 20 September to 18 November 2012. The Award was judged by a panel comprised of Ranti Tjan, Director of the European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands Jason Smith, Director of the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne and Ryan Johnston, Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum.

We’ve got you covered with JAC’s 50th Anniversary teatowel ($15) and potter’s apron ($30); order yours today by calling TACA office on 1300 720 124 or email, mail@australianceramics.com

New Members
We welcome these new members: Maree Donley, David Sherar, Alice Couttoupes, Jenny Wiggins, Sue Stewart, Staci Crutchfield, Mojgan Habibi, Bernd Weise, Patricia Lee, Anne Grotian, Anne Reilly, Maureen Ross, Yvonne Jonas, Christine Ball, Peter Steggall, Vicki Read, Sharon Taylor, Joan Fahey, Barbara Humphreys, David Humphreys, Helen McCaffery, Dawn Tang, Alyssa Bagley, Dawn Perry, Natasha Fitzgerald, Lisa Maddern, Pam Wragg, Jennifer Baldwin, Annemarie Butler, Fiona Hiscock, Kerrie Warren, Gabby Sturman, Faye Borleis, Ricardo Idagi and Brodie Smith.


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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