2019 TCA Workshops

2019 promises to be an exciting year for ceramics in Tasmania, and alongside the events happening for the Australian Ceramics Triennale, we are working hard at TCA to deliver an interesting and diverse program of workshops and studio visits.

Our aim is to get out and about as much as possible, exploring the creative places that ceramicists work, checking out some unique collections, increasing knowledge and skills by investigating interesting techniques and facilitating discussion on professional development topics.

Please refer to the TCA website for details of workshops as they are added during the year. We are also happy to promote workshops that TCA members are running. Please contact us with the details if you’d like to be included on our website.

Please refer to the Workshops tab for details of this year’s workshop program

We hope that you’ll find something of interest in the program, which will continue to evolve over the year. We are also happy to take suggestions for topics if there is something you’ve always wanted to learn about, somewhere you’d love to visit or would like to offer to facilitate a workshop.

We’d love to know more about what our members are interested in gaining from the workshop program, so would very much appreciate if you are able to fill in our very short survey (5 minutes we promise!) by 31 March 2019. Otherwise you can email us any time at workshops.TCA@gmail.com.

You can link to the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CML9WJ7

We hope to see you at some of our events this year.


Sophie and Tobi

TCA Workshop Coordinators




2019 Annual Members’ Exhibition

27th April to 13th May

Exhibition Theme: Diversity
Exhibition Venue:  Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny Farm
Drop off date for your entries at the gallery:  Wednesday/Thursday 17/18 April
Exhibition Opening and Presentation of Awards: Sunday 28 April 2pm


Conditions of entry

  • You must be a financial member of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association
  • Members (new/lapsed) who join now will have a special extension until 30 June 2020 for the annual membership fee of $50
  • Members can enter up to 3 works or sets of work

The fee for entries will be

  • $20 for one entry
  • $40 for 2 entries
  • $50 for 3 entries


This year the 47th Annual Members’ Exhibition is earlier than usual to coincide
with the Australian Ceramics Triennale which will be held in Hobart 1 – 4 May 2019.
During this time Hobart will be host to larger than usual numbers of international, national and local clay enthusiasts. This is a wonderful opportunity for our members to show the world what we can do in Tasmania!

TCA members are invited to make a special effort to submit works for this exhibition.

Robin Roberts
Exhibition Coordinator

An Evening Workshop with Rajasthani Potters, Manohar Lal and Aasha Ram facilitated by Sandra Bowkett

Workshop 1    Monday 15 April 2019 – 6pm to 8.30pm

Workshop 2    Tuesday 16 April 2019 – 6pm to 8.30pm

Each workshop can accommodate a minimum of 6 and a maximum 12 people and is suitable for any skill level.



  • Throwing on a traditional manual wheel.
  • The staged making of large water pots (matka) and cooking vessels.
  • Beating out to create the forms.

There will be some forms pre-made to enable the complete process to be viewed, and there will be the possibility of participants having a go to get a feel for the process but in the time available not the complete process.


Participants will have the opportunity to use a traditional wheel paired with one of the potters, rhythmic throwing small items off the hump, taking turns cutting off and then throwing, as appropriate to skill level.  Participants will also be able to take these items with them.

A short film made in Manohar Lal’s village Kumhaargram, a community of over 700 potting families.

Costs $60 per person


To book a place in this workshop please click the link below.


Tasmanian Ceramics Association 2019

Wishing a Happy New Year to our members and fellow potters

This year is shaping up to be a great year for Tasmanian ceramics enthusiasts.
2019 will include:
The Australian Ceramics Triennale being held in Tasmania
The annual Exhibition by the Tasmanian Ceramics Association
As well as exciting new workshops by our new coordinators.

Keep updated on opportunities by checking the website and joining our mail list.

WORKSHOP – Conversations with John

Conversations with John

In May, along with the many workshops and sessions at the Triennale, the final instalment of “Conversations with John” will be held to honour John Watson’s life and creativity.

After John Watson’s passing, his partner Annette contacted the Association to ask if we would be interested in creating a legacy in John’s name, as an ongoing way of helping other potters.

Dawn Oakford spent considerable time in thinking through the best way to achieve Annette’s wish, while honouring John’s work and creativity.


Through a ‘Playing with Slipcasts’ workshop a number of casts from John’s moulds will be made available for participants to use in combination with their own forms – hand-built, thrown or slip-cast – to create “conversations with John” in clay.  Objects may be sculptural or functional. Work created will be available for purchase later and the proceeds will go to the legacy.


Date: Sunday 19 May 2019

Location: TBA

Cost: $30 members

$35 non-members

Annual Exhibition Call Out To Members 2018

All members are encouraged to Enter the 46th Annual Members exhibition of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association.

This years theme is:
‘To Have and to Hold’

To be held at the Waterside Pavilion, an attractive, contemporary venue located in the heart of Hobart’s fabulous waterfront district.

Apply online through the link provided on the Tasmanian Ceramics Website menu or click bellow.

The Tasmanian Ceramics Association Annual Members Exhibition 2018

WORKSHOP – Ceramics Restoration & Conservation with Penny Byrne

We are delighted to announce that Internationally renowned Ceramic Artist, Penny Byrne, will be coming to  Tasmania to lead a two day workshop on ceramics restoration and conservation in July.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of which glues, fillers and paints to use and how to approach ceramic restoration. Penny will provide a ceramic tile or small bowl for participants to break and then re-stick, and explain materials for filling chips, repainting etcetera. Participants are also encouraged to bring along broken ceramics to mend.

Penny was a keynote speaker at the Adelaide Triennale and teaches courses at the Slow Clay Centre in Melbourne. She has worked as a ceramics conservator and restorer; and exhibited nationally and internationally. Find out more about Penny’s life and work at http://pennybyrneartist.com/


Saturday 14th July and Sunday 15th July 2018

10:00am to 4pm


TCA Studio, G Block, Cosgrove High School, Main Rd, Glenorchy.  For detailed directions go to www.tasmanianceramics.com/studio/


$160.00 for members

$210.00 for non-members

What to Bring

Lunch to share

Ceramic pieces to mend


To enrol

Workshop participants are limited to 10 so please email Workshop Co-Ordinator Janine on janine.davison@outlook.com to register.

Payments to be made to

Account name: Tasmanian Ceramics Association

BSB: 807-007

Acc No: 51257814

Please note your Surname and ‘Byrne’ as the reference