Last Sunday a gaggle of 20 TACA potters descended at Eveleigh Artisans’ Markets in inner city Sydney for a day of selling, networking and lots of laughing. This is the third year we have participated in the November market with a special Ceramic Showcase and I think everyone will agree that regardless of how much you sell, much of the rewards are reaped in receiving feedback from potential customers and catching up with fellow potters. Yes, I saw many of you deep in discussion for much of the day. Thank you to all the participants and particularly to Kathryn Mitchell, Somchai Charoen and the ladies from Macquarie Hills Potters for demonstrating throughout the day. These days inspire a sense of community and is an affirmation for making which recharges the creative batteries and inspires for the year to come.
For more photos of the day go here
No hiking boots and dehydrated food packs required when you go on this adventure. Art trails and open studios are a great way to meet and buy directly from makers within a city area or regional Australia. Both local councils and State governments are actively promoting their creative communities and striving to bring them out of the shadows for both locals and visitors to enjoy.
There is a range of art trails available. Some trails such as the Heidelberg School Artist Trail (www.artiststrail.com.au) and the Fleurieu Peninsula Art Trail in South Australia (http://www.southaustralia.com) are permanent and maps can be downloaded for year round use.
Others like The Bathurst Arts Trail (http://bathurstartstrail.com), a collective of artists throughout the Bathurst region, open galleries to visitors on the first weekend of each month. This weekend Willoughby City Council as part of its Spring Festival will be hosting its 10th Open Studio Weekend (www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/springfestival) and Manly Arts (www.manlyartsfestival.com) is including an art trail as part of their annual festival.
Some of our members already participate in these events. If you don’t and would like to have more exposure not only in your local community but Australia wide consider doing research to see if there is an art trails or open studio program in which you can participate. If there isn’t maybe now is the time to get together with fellow artists and ‘blaze a trail’ in your part of the world.
Anyone with “young blood” out there?
It would be great to see some ceramics at the Young Blood Markets in July!
The Markets are returning and have been confirmed as taking place in July 2012 and applications are now open, so any young designers who are interested should visit: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/youngblood/
Applications are via the website above and close on 14 May 2012 and applicants will be notified if they have been successful on 1 June 2012.
They can also sign up to the newsletter from the Young Blood website link & select ‘design’ as their interests so they can receive any news regarding design orientated events at the Powerhouse.
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