Dragon Making Workshop

A 3-day Sculptural Workshop

Day 1​  Saturday 29 April

Day 2​  Sunday 30 April​

Day 3​  Saturday 20 May

Day 1 & 2

Creating Mythical Creatures

Using paper clay we’ll use hand-building​ techniques to create and texturise our ancient and fabulous allies…  Thence a 2 week break for drying and firing by your Teacher.​

Day 3

Applying “Room Temperature” Glazes.  After first applying an all-over​ base coat, ‘other’ coats are added of  metallic acrylics and other considered finishes, as these creatures of needs be sheened.

Workshop is limited to 10 people.

Enrollment can be made by contacting Gary via email


Fees are set at $250 for TCA Members and Conc. and $260 for other participants, payable on or before Day 1 of the workshop.  An Information Sheet will be forwarded to each participant on booking commitment.

Your teacher Gary Thompson is a long-term journeyman potter and teacher and member of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association since arriving in Tasmania in 2013.

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Desolata, An exhibition of Ceramics and Scanographs

Kim Foale and Philadelphia Hanson-Viney would like to invite you to the opening of Desolata at the Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre,
Friday night 31st March at 6.30 pm.

The exhibition will be opened by Glen Dunn.

Children are very welcome.

Exhibition is open 7 days a week from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.

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Studio Classes

Sculpture & Hand-Building
Lisa Wise

This 8-week class will include an introduction to the fundamentals of ceramics and the development of studio ceramic skills including hand building and sculptural techniques, decoration and glazing.

With a focus on Sculpture, class participants will be set one major sculpture project per session and will have the opportunity to work on smaller ceramic projects of their own choosing throughout the 8-week class. There will also be an opportunity, after the second session, to participate in a Raku firing.

Dates: Bookings are now being taken for
May – June (8 weeks)
August – September (8 weeks)
Monday Evenings – 5.30 to 8.30pm

2 x eight week classes are available only in 2017 and a limit of 6 participants per class.

Cost: $300 per 8-week session. Participants will be required to pay a deposit of $100.00 to enrol in each session. Further details regarding the class will be provided upon enrolment. $100 deposit is required to book a place.

The 8-week class fee includes use of the studio, tools and equipment and one on one instruction in ceramic practices and group tutorials. Students are required to provide their own clay, materials and pay for individual firing charges. Some materials will be provided to the class, such as basic glazes and clay materials. Contact: For further enquiries or to make a booking contact Lisa via email lisakwise2015@gmail.com

Ceramic Project Design & Development Class
Alice Hutchison

An 8-week night class to develop, refine and complete a personal project with one on one assistance. The class will focus on the Student’s projects, providing a chance for all skill levels to produce a beautiful piece of art (functional or not) to take home.

Dates: 18 April – 6 June
Tuesday Evenings – 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Cost: $300 per person, to be paid prior to the first lesson. Refund available if cancelling before 4 April. Firing and clay costs to be paid separately.

Contact: aliceh5@utas.edu.au to enrol or make an enquiry.

Limit of 6 enrolments per class.

Alice Hutchison is a ceramic artist from Hobart Tasmania. She has an Honours degree in fine art and has been practicing ceramics for over 8 years. Specialising in wheel throwing and porcelain, she also has adept skills in slip casting, hand building, sculpture, china painting and glaze theory. Her own work spans from dinner sets, to installation art and sculpture.

Anthea Rogerson

Dates: Friday afternoons during school term.
1.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: $25 per class

Anthea’s sessions in throwing are suited to Beginners and Intermediate who want to learn a solid foundation in studio throwing techniques. The class will cover a variety of skills from foundation techniques to turning, finishing and glazing.

For bookings contact Anthea on 0421 632 644. There are places available for 6 weeks of the current term.



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“Textures in Clay” – a workshop with Candone Wharton

October 8 -9, TCA studio, Glenorchy H.S.

Candone Wharton

Candone Wharton is a very accomplished ceramic artist with particular expertise in raku firing, wheel-throwing and a unique basket-weave hand-building technique. She conducts workshops all over the U.S. as well as internationally and if you Google her name you’ll be able to see several sites which feature her beautiful work. Continue reading

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Tasmanian Ceramics Association Annual General Meeting, Sept 13th, 6:00pm

TCA Studio, Block G, Cosgrove High School Glenorchy

The AGM will be followed by a very short Ordinary General Meeting.

(Please bring along a plate of finger food to share.)

Wanted: great people with good ideas and enthusiasm

we need youLove all things clay and want to be more involved? Always wanted to help in some way? Don’t know much about ceramics but want to learn more? Then join the committee – no previous experience necessary, and it’s a great way to meet other enthusiasts.

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Memberships Due

Renewed or new Memberships will cover July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
Click on the above title of this post, or “Membership” on the black menu bar above, to fill out and submit the form online.

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Upcoming Classes

Wednesdays Studio Class
with Gary Thompson

(Filled, but you can still get on the waiting list)

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Tableware, Wear, Where?

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2016 Tasmanian Ceramics Association
44th Annual Exhibition

Entries for the 2016 Annual Exhibition are now open. Our Exhibition is to be held at the wonderful Moonah Arts Centre so it would be great to see a diverse number of entries from all of our members both new and old, novice, student and professional.

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Mosaic Mischief – A Workshop with Donna Ritchie

Sunday 24th July 10am – 4pm,  TCA Studio, Cosgrove High School Limit 9 spaces Cost $90 for members ($100 for non-members). Price includes all materials to finish a mosaic mirror (or panel)


Have you got bits that have fallen to pieces? Or pieces that have fallen to bits? Have you ever wanted to learn how to piece it back together again in the form of a mosaic? Continue reading

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Ginny Cornrow Workshop

Ginny Cornrow Workshop 1

Quite a few late dropouts from the enrollment list made for a class of only seven at this weekend workshop – which was a great number for those who did attend!

Ginny alternates her time between studios in Seattle and Mexico and her photos of each looked quite idyllic. Her opening slide show demonstrated her mastery of a range of forms, all of which are conceived with an idea of how they will interact with the crystalline glazes.


Ginny first demonstrated her preparation of slabs for subsequent manipulation into trays, platters and vase forms, often laying them over shape-formers of rolled-up plastic, cloth or towelling. She emphasised the need to wait for the right degree of soft leather-hardness before attempting to handwork the clay to minimise the risk of collapse. She also demonstrated the forming of a cylinder from a slab, to be altered later into a gracefully sinuous standing vessel. While the slabs dried she took to the wheel and threw a variety of forms for subsequent modification, sometimes using a canvas mat between the pot and the batt to facilitate separating the work from the batt without recourse to a cut-off wire (worked beautifully).


At later stages we witnessed the transformation of these basic forms by simple but very skillful manipulation with fingers, ribs and pottery knife, producing delicately curved edges to bowls, sinuous curving bulges to vessels and flowing, asymmetric openings. She paid great attention to the rhythm and cadence of these curves and stressed the importance she places on having a mirror behind the piece, when hand-building as well as when throwing, in order to see the whole form as it is being modified. A highlight for me was to see the confident way in which she joined two pre-cut and roughly-shaped slabs to make one of her characteristic elliptical vase forms, which she stretched out from inside and modified the opening with a few deft slices of the knife.

There was much discussion of crystalline glazes (and Ginny was generous with provision of her favourite recipes) and the weekend concluded with a demonstration of glazing with spray gun and airbrush, followed by a short practice session. Ginny had so much to show and discuss that there was little time for hands-on activity but no-one seemed to mind!

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