December 2012

by Patsy Hely, President

It has been a busy few months for TACA. Firstly there was the migration to Adelaide for the Australian Ceramic Triennale, then we were busy writing letters about the woeful cuts to TAFE ceramics and visual arts areas and last week a panel met to consider the entries for The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships.

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October 2012 AGM

TACA has been greatly dismayed to hear of the savage cuts to TAFE art courses – including ceramics – announced in the last few days by the NSW government. These cuts have the potential to make a huge impact on ceramic practice at all levels in this country – from the school system to higher education institutions, where TAFE-trained students make up a significant group. I urge members to sign the online petition being run by Fund Art Education in NSW TAFE at

This year has been a particularly busy and productive one for TACA and it is with much pleasure that I set out below some very tangible outcomes achieved by the Association over the last twelve months.

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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.

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June 2012

by Patsy Hely, President

TACA is currently focusing on a number of issues, some related to The Journal, and some to the Association.

The Association is busy organizing its contributions to the 13th Australian Ceramics Triennale being held in Adelaide this September. Firstly, we hope many of you will submit work to the members’ VASE exhibition. You can find all of the details on via the Association pages. Go to ‘members exhibition’ link. Note the closing date for an expression of interest is 30 July 2012.

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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.

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February 2012

by Patsy Hely, President

The end of 2011 saw the very successful opening at Manly Art Gallery and Museum (MAGM) of the members’ exhibition, The Narrative Knot and the exhibition to mark The Journal of Australian Ceramics 50th anniversary, PROmotion. Thanks very much to curators, Gerry Wedd and Dee Taylor-Graham, for their work and to the staff at Manly for their, as usual, very generous and professional support.

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December 2011

by Patsy Hely, President

H.G. Nelson will be the guest speaker at the opening of the Association’s biennial member’s exhibition The Narrative Knot on Friday 2 December, and that will be a nicely humorous note with which to see out the end of the year. The opening will be at 6pm at Manly Art Gallery and Museum and it will be great to see the work of members and to catch up with and thank the curator, Adelaide’s Gerry Wedd, for the really good job he has done.

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October 2011 AGM

by Patsy Hely, President

Finalisation of the 50th anniversary celebration is a TACA priority at the moment. We have negotiated for the celebration to be held at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 5.30-7.30pm on Sunday 22 January 2012. This will be the final day of the Association’s exhibitions, The Narrative Knot and PROmotion, and so the awarding of the first Trudie Alfred Ceramic Bequest Scholarships, originally planned for the closing of PROmotion, will be incorporated into the 50th event.

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August 2011

by Patsy Hely, President

I’ll start my report this month by welcoming Elisa Bartels who has been working a day a week with Vicki in the TACA office. Volume 50/2 of the Journal is hot off the press with a focus on ceramics + utility, tableware and Woodfire TAS 2011. As well, it’s the annual Education Survey issue and it’s heartening to see such a great spread of energetic student work. Elisa and Vicki have just sent out copies to over 30 TAFEs and University departments and included brochures detailing The Trudie Alfred Bequest open now to student applications and closing on 21 September.

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June 2011

by Patsy Hely, President

We’ve been lucky, here in Canberra, to have had the opportunity to see recently a fantastic exhibition: Itarra murrakipinni-ingingaminni purrarpulirri Ngura kutjara – wangka mantanguru ‘Two communities – the language of clay. Ceramics by Tiwi artist Robert Puruntatameri and Ernabella Artists, Alison (Milyika) Carroll, Carol (Anilyuru) Williams and Malpiya (Irpintiri) Davey were featured. The work was made during residencies in Canberra, by Robert at Straithnairn Arts Association (where the exhibition was held), and the other artists at the ANU School of Art. The exhibition came about as part of a project organised by Head of the Ceramics Workshop, Janet DeBoos and the work included thrown and hand-built pieces, all with beautifully rendered patterning and imagery.

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April 2011

by Patsy Hely, President

The last few weeks have been sad ones with the passing away of two senior members of the ceramic community, Shigeo Shiga (1928 – 2011) and Bernard Sahm (1926 – 2011). Shiga and Bernard made significant contributions to Australian ceramics, providing inspiration and generously sharing their skills and knowledge with legions of students and practitioners. The Association has sent its condolences to Shiga’s family and to Bernard’s family and expressed appreciation for the roles the two played in enlivening and helping develop ceramics in this country. They will be remembered with much fondness.

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February 2011

by Patsy Hely, President

I’d like to wish members all the very best for the coming year. The Journal of Australian Ceramics’ 50th year (a semicentennial I believe!) is shaping up as an interesting one. For a ceramics magazine to have remained productive and relevant for fifty years is no small feat and a tribute to contributions by successive generations of members and subscribers.

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December 2010

by Patsy Hely, President

This is my first report as President since taking over from Julie Bartholomew. Julie has been a fantastic advocate for the Association and she, Executive Officer Vicki Grima and all of the Board have expertly steered TACA through a very successful year. Membership has grown, the Journal has even wider distribution, and a number of successful events have been held including the 340 grams members show at Gulgong and the Ilona Romule workshop in Sydney and the Photographing Ceramics workshop in Melbourne.

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October 2010 AGM

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.

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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.

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June 2010

by Julie Bartholomew

TACA members’ exhibition, titled 340 grams, was a great success at Clay Energy in Gulgong during April. The breakfast opening attracted early risers and those who may have wandered from the pub after a night of festivities while catching up with old friends and colleagues. 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. Janet Mansfield always states that this is the last event but I am sure everyone hopes they will continue for many years to come.

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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.


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February 2010

by Vicki Grima (Executive Officer, TACA)

The focus for Issue 49/1 is on wood-firing and lustre and, with Rowley Drysdale as guest editor, it is shaping up to be a terrific issue. Copy deadline is 8 February. _Over the last year, the average time spent by visitors to our website,, is around 4.25 minutes, with 30,475 visits (up from 24,000 visits in 2008). Unique visitors 20,258; 130 countries/ territories made up those visits – Australia, USA, UK, Canada and China were the top five (22,218 from Australia). The ACD is most popular after the home page, then JAC page, then the online shop. TACA membership numbers as at 1 December 2009 were 566 (up 118 in last 12 months): 375 with insurance, 185 without insurance and 6 life members. 67% take insurance.

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December 2009

from Barbara Campbell Allen (Acting President, TACA)

There has been significant change in the Sydney ceramic gallery scene where we have seen the closure of the Freeland Gallery and the imminent closure of the Helen Stephens Gallery. Both galleries have been active in promoting ceramic art in their own distinctive manner and have contributed greatly to ceramic art in Sydney. Luckily both directors have a passion for ceramic art that will ensure their continued activity in the ceramic world.  As an organisation we thank them and wish them well in their future endeavours. In the just published Journal of Australian Ceramics there is a focus on modes of selling with five artists discussing their own approach and experiences. The exhibiting and selling of our work is a continual challenge!

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October 2009 AGM

from Barbara Campbell-Allen, Acting President, TACA

In my role as acting president I will reflect briefly on the exciting year TACA has had.

The event of 2009 was the Australian Ceramics Triennale, Facing the Future. As Julie concluded, ‘a stream of stimulating and informative talks, action packed demonstrations, endless exhibition openings, long late-night pub conversations, a dazzling wind-up in the Cell Block with footage of Renegade Clay and a fantastic grand finale party at SCA.’ A big thank you to Merran Esson and her committee for the many hours spent organising, planning and doing the many tasks necessary for such an event to be successful. The ceramic community is much richer for the information, exhibitions and dialogue such events make possible.

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