China painting and on-glaze decoration for beginners

Run by Alice Hutchison.

This workshop will provide a hands on introduction to the use of china paints, lustres and other onglaze decorative techniques.

Dates: 24th of September and 1st of October.

Time: 10am till 3pm

Cost: $60

Materials needed:

Palette Knife

Paint Brushes (fine, synthetic)

Glazed Tile/glass panel (for pallet)

Fine pointed Calligraphy nib/pen (stainless steel and very hard)

3 Ceramic items to decorate- white preferable, store bought is fine.

Note- This class will be using gum turpentine, if you are allergic please contact  me prior to the date for alternative material.

To enrol please contact Alice Hutchison at

Project design and development class – With Alice Hutchison

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


Dates: August 3rd to September 21st.

Day/Time: Thursdays, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Spaces: 6

Costs: $300 per person total. $100 deposit to be paid prior to the first lesson. Refund available if cancelling before the 31st of July.

Alice Hutchison is a ceramic artist from Hobart Tasmania. She has an Honours degree in fine art and has been practising 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. 

To enrol Contact:

Materials: Students will be responsible for their own clay and firing costs.
Recycled studio clay is available at $1 per kg. Clay and ceramic materials can be purchased at Derwent Ceramic Supplies,16A Sunderland St, Moonah.
Firing costs are, $3 per kg for bisque, $3 per kg for earthenware, $3.50 per kg for mid-fire and $3.50 per kg for stoneware.  


Memberships Due

Renewed or new Memberships will cover July 31, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
Click on the above title of this post, or “Membership” on the black menu bar above, to fill out and submit the form online.

Please include the word studio after your name if you intend to become a studio member.

All studio members are required to undertake an induction session at an extra cost of $20 in order to be given access to the studio.

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.

“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 ““Textures in Clay” – a workshop with Candone Wharton”

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.

Continue reading “Tasmanian Ceramics Association Annual General Meeting, Sept 13th, 6:00pm”

Upcoming Classes

Saturday Adult Ceramics Class

Gary Thompson is back and holding Saturday Adults Ceramics Classes from 9am-1pm for the 10 weeks of School Term 3 2017, beginning on 22 July.  Participants choose their 3 hour session within this time frame.

Our Class will be held at the Tasmanian Ceramics Association Studio, G Block, Cosgrove High School, Main Road, Glenorchy.  There is ample parking near the Studio.  During the classes, you will have full use of all the Studio equipment and facilities.   Tea/coffee access in the kitchen is available for a small cost.

You will be encouraged to work on clay projects that suit and challenge your experience level with 1-1 tuition. Hand building and wheel work demonstrations are part of each session.  Decorating and glazing methods are also part of the safe handling of materials, the vital OH&S practice in Studio.

Recycled studio clay is available at $1 per kg.   For all other clays, tools, brushes etc, I recommend Derwent Ceramic Supplies at 16A Sunderland St, Moonah.

TCA firing costs are extra at $3 per kg for bisque, $3 per kg for earthenware, $3.50 per kg for mid-fire and $3.50 per kg for stoneware.  Gary will take care of firing, packing and unpacking your work from the kilns.

Class begins on Saturday 22 July for the 10 weeks through to Saturday 23 September. There is a Class limit of 10 people.  The class fee of $250 is payable at first lesson to Gary.

To register for this class and to receive enrolment details of your Saturday Adult Ceramics Class please contact Gary via email

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 “Mosaic Mischief – A Workshop with Donna Ritchie”

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!