August 2012

by Patsy Hely, President

TACA has a very broad constituency, one that encompasses practitioners with different interests, motivations and ambitions, and lovers of ceramics from all walks of life. We currently have a number of projects on the go that aim to meet the needs of a variety of members and these include, importantly, two providing financial and other opportunities for students of ceramics:

The current issue of the Journal invites applications for The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships 2013. In administering this second round of scholarships we pay tribute to the late Trudie Alfred who bequeathed TACA a significant fund to support ceramic education.

TACA is sponsoring a Graduate Research Panel at 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale (ACT 2012): Subversive Clay. Our aim here is to provide opportunities for graduate students to present their research to colleagues and interested parties, opening up a forum for discussion.

Also at ACT 2012 in Adelaide, TACA will exhibit the work of its members in The 50th Anniversary Vase Show. Eighty four members have submitted EOI forms to enter a vase, so it will be one not to miss.

We have negotiated with the organisers of the Triennale to hold a celebration of the 50th year of publication of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. This will be an opportunity to celebrate with colleagues nationally and we’ll keep you up to date with the time, date and venue for the celebration closer to the date.

Following last year’s very successful members’ exhibition, The Narrative Knot, curated by Adelaide’s Gerry Wedd, we are in the early stages of organising the next members’ biennial exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum to be held 28 March – 4 May 2014. I’m pleased to announce that Susan Ostling (Brisbane) has accepted our invitation to act as Curator.

Susan has a distinguished career as a practitioner and an academic at the Queensland College of Art. She has a longstanding interest in the relationship between people and everyday objects and is currently completing a PhD looking at the way curatorial strategies have impacted on the formation of contemporary art. The depth of experience and understanding she brings – knowledge of curatorial practice and of ceramics and other art forms – should ensure a very engaging exhibition. Susan is currently developing a curatorial rationale for the exhibition and this will be published shortly

Committee member Karen Weiss has been in discussion with organisers of the ceramics display at the Royal Easter Show for some time offering TACA’s input. The ceramic work at the RAS is seen by large numbers of the general public, many of whom have perhaps little exposure to work in the medium.

TACA is always happy to have suggestions from members about other areas we should be developing or supporting; you can email the association:


PLEASE NOTE: TACA Members with Insurance and late payment of membership fees
1) If a member pays within two months of the renewal date we require written confirmation from the member that there have/had been no claims/incidents/changes to the original application and inception date can be from the renewal date.
2) If paid after the two months grace period same applies, rewritten confirmation from the member that there have/had been no claims/incidents/changes to the original application and inception date will be from the date paid.

The confirmation from the member will then be emailed to CRIB for their records.

TACA Workshop with Sandy Brown, UK in Sydney NSW
TACA has booked the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby for 27 + 28 October for an intensive two day workshop with Sandy Brown, an international ceramicist, sculptor and painter from the UK; The workshop, Learning About Oneself by Doodling in Clay, focuses on loosening up exercises, designed to increase an intuitive approach to clay handling. Participants will discover a deeper source of creativity, develop trust in their instincts, learn about themselves, find their true voice and integrate body, mind and soul; $340* per person ($320 members of TACA); * Plus each participant is required to bring their own clay – 4 bags stoneware; maximum number in the workshop: 8; For information and bookings contact The Australian Ceramics Association, T: 1300 720 124; 

Eveleigh Artisans Market Ceramics Showcase: The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) has once again booked 10 stalls at the market on 4 November, 2012. Open to all members holding Public and Product Liability Insurance. Cost is $45 per person. Click here to see photos from 2011. Send your expression of interest to marked “EAM EOI” in the subject line. Deadline for EOI: 24 August.

Congratulations to John Tuckwell, Carol Forster, and Tatiana Gvozdetskaya who have been selected for the next Ceramica Multiplex exhibition at Fourth International Festival of Postmodern Ceramics to be held in Croatia from the 25 August – 31 October 2012, and then Kapfenberg, Austria from 16 November 2012 – 6 January 2013. More than four hundred artists from around the world submitted work for the exhibition.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) has launched Money for Visual Artists (MFVA) online. This new service for artists available at has over 700 listings of grants, awards, scholarships, residencies and career travel opportunities both in Australia and overseas.

After more than eight years we bid a sad farewell to Cudgegong Gallery in Gulgong, NSW who closed their doors at the end of July. Big thanks to Margaret Cole and her team at Cudgegong Gallery for their support of the ceramic community over that time.

Congratulations to the North Queensland Potters Association,, who turn 40 this year.

2012 Triennale News
The 50th Anniversary Vase Show: Members who have submitted an EOI will be contacted in the next week or so with final details for delivery of their vases to Adelaide. The display of over 100 vases will take place at the Kaurna Building, UniSA, 28 September – 1 October 2012, as part of Subversive Clay, Australian Ceramics Triennale 2012.

The Australian Ceramic Triennale website has been updated. There is now information on masterclasses, bus trips, special events and the Hyperclay teaching workshop. Registration is available online along with accommodation options for participants;

New Members

We welcome these new members:
Su Hanna, Amanda George, Pamela Drewitt Smith, Ian Reid, Felicity Dunn, David Pedler, Janine Olabarriaga, Catherine Conaty, Scott Trevelyan, Lisa Baier, Jacqueline Spedding, Andrea Vinkovic, Ruth Nolan, Richard Hughes, Kazuko Nelson, Kathryn Mitchell, Elizabeth Cashmore, Janet Kovesi Watt, Maurice Heim, Robin King, Shane Kent, Leisa Russell and Lynette Russell.

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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