Tasmanian Ceramics Association Annual Exhibition Asylum – 2016 JUDGES’ REPORT & COMMENTS

Asylum invite 2

The judges – Christl Berg & Bill Taylor – were very appreciative of all the hard work and effort behind each and every exhibit. They enjoyed the insights into the theme of Asylum that each work provided and wished to congratulate all the artists involved.

Robin Roberts (No: 19 Long Faces) – winner of the Award for Overall Excellence

This powerful work conveys containment and the inescapability & cruelty of confinement. The judges commended the attention to detail – the individuality of the faces, and the strength of the raku fired surfaces against the wires of the birdcage – a clever means of bringing the issue into the domestic realm.

($300 voucher for materials from Derwent Ceramics )

Joanna Larke (No: 11 Do You Like My Pants?) – Highly Commended Award 1

A very poignant work that seems to delve into the nightmare of what it might feel like to not fit anywhere or into anything.

($200 Voucher From Tasmanian Ceramic & Pottery Supplies.)

Carolyn Canty (No: 4 My Island Ho-o-ome) – Highly Commended Award 2

This piece portrays the safety of an island but also the vulnerability of its isolation. It effectively expresses the duality of sanctuary and desolation via the figure atop the tree and the fallen palm frond.

$200 voucher from Derwent Ceramics

Belinda Thomas (No: 2 Talking in Tongues with Joan of Arc, Joan Rivers & My Achey Breaky Heart) – Award for the Most Imaginative Response – (to the exhibition theme).

A courageous and complex approach to the theme. Visually engaging, this collection of anatomical forms alludes to potential entrapment.

(This award is a one-year membership to the Australian Ceramics Association.)

Editors note, I will post photos of all the winners and exhibition entries when I receive them all.

Opportunity for a Ceramicist to be part of the Off Centre Collective

off centre


A share is available for  a ceramicist in Off Centre Inc. in Salamanca Arts Centre.

In one of the best positions in the Salamanca Art Centre, Off Centre (established in 2000) is a collective of 10 partners who share the rent and running of the business.

Information about this share can be obtained by emailing gallery@offcentre.net.au Information is also available in Off Centre, on the ground floor of the Salamanca Arts Centre. It is open every day from 10-5.

Interested ceramicists need to send information about their ceramics experience or leave an expression of interest at the desk.

Annual Exhibiton




Official Opening 6pm Friday the 6th of November

‘Asylum’ is the theme of the 43rd annual exhibition of ceramic art staged by the TCA since its inception in 1972.

DROP OFF WORK to the Sidespace on Tuesday the 3rd of November from
10 am to 1 pm. (unless prior arrangements have been made)

ALL WORK TO BE COLLECTED from the Sidespace –
Monday 16th Nov 9 am to 12 pm


1. An institution for the care of people, especially those with physical or mental impairments, who require organized supervision or assistance.
2. A place offering protection and safety; a shelter.
3. A place, such as a church, formerly constituting an inviolable refuge for criminals or debtors.
4. The protection afforded by a sanctuary.
5. Protection and immunity from extradition granted by a government to a political refugee from another country.

The TCA will invite members to exhibit to the theme of ‘Asylum’. Artists are requested to respond to the theme and may make a number of approaches dependant on their relationship and connection with the theme.
The overall premise of the exhibit is for the ceramic artist to communicate emotions or ideas around ‘asylum’.
Artists works will be accompanied by an Artist’s Statement, which will present the fundamental underpinning of the piece and its significance and/or representation.
The exhibition will be displayed on plinths, the floor and walls of the gallery.

 Note*  The committee asks that exhibitors please not share any images of their exhibition works on  any social media platforms (facebook instagram, tumblr, twitter etc) or personal websites prior to judging

Entry Form is Available to download HERE

Asylum-Entry-Form (1)

and can be emailed to enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Rich Tapestries & Mud and Ink


Two Fabulous exhibitions open this week.

Rich Tapestries an exhibition of ceramics and paintings by Bronwyn Theobald and Alison Hill opens at the Sidespace at 5.30 pm on Wednesday the 6th of May

bronwyn invite


Mud and Ink is a fabulous mix of cartoons by award winning cartoonist, Jon Kudelka and contemporary ceramics by our very own TCA President Kim Foale. Opening Friday the 8th of May at 6.00 pm in the Long Gallery.

Mud and Ink invite


A Short Film…

Kim Foale
Kim Foale

A short film comprised of still images is being produced to showcase the diversity and quality of Tasmanian Ceramics at the 2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale, “Stepping Up” in Canberra in July this year.

You are invited to submit up to 5 high resolution images of your work suitable for viewing as part of a HD digital presentation which will be shown on a large screen at Stepping Up

The images should be of a high quality and can include process shots and/or shots of yourself at work in your studio. The thought processes behind the five images will be to give a snapshot overview of Tasmanian ceramists at work.

If you would like to participate, please email your images to Kim Foale at kimfoale@bigpond.com with the subject heading DIGITAL PRESENTATION by March 31st 2015. Ensure that you name and number each of your images and provide details (such as title of work, medium, dimensions, year of production and location) on an accompanying list, numbered accordingly.

As our email database is by no way comprehensive if you know of ceramists in Tasmania who would also like to be involved can you please let them know.

Spoons Spoons Glorious Spoons.

The Summer weather in Tasmania this year has been a bit iffy, the sort of weather where you pack sunscreen as well as a woolly jumper just in case. But this weekend the sunshine decided to really beam furiously down onto Hobart as if to make up for its absence recently.

It was very HOT as only a 36 degree Tasmanian day can be and so I was delighted to be able to welcome 23 intrepid spoonmakers into the Tasmanian Ceramics Associations studio yesterday.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere was much hilarity and camaraderie and thanks to Gary, our studio manager,  for setting up the fans in the room so none of us melted.

Quite a few of the people who came along yesterday had not ever made a spoon before and I think that there will now be a SPOON EXPLOSION in Tasmania because we had so much fun.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe reached our target of 350 spoons and filled up the back of Dawn Oakford’s station wagon with crates full of spoons. Dawn will be (with help) doing a once firing of the spoons in the near future and we shall be calling for glaze volunteers to help us with the next stage of our spoon promotion.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIf you have been following along with the adventures of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association,  you will be aware that Hobart is hosting the Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2018.

In July, representatives of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association will be heading up to Canberra to enjoy the 2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale, Stepping up. Our spoons will be included in the delegates bags and have a card attached to them with the Cerameco logo and the slogan “food for thought” to encourage attendees of Stepping Up to think and plan towards our event in 2018.

I would like to personally thank everyone who came along to our spoon making day, it was a fabulous effort in very hot conditions and I am sure you will all agree the spoons are absolutely fabulous.

Kim Foale

Invitation to Enter Our Annual Exhibition. RELICS.

Invitation 6
Our annual exhibition this year is a wonderful opportunity for all our members to exhibit their work in a specially curated show in Hobart’s renowned Salamanca Arts Centre.

This year’s exhibition is themed Relics.

Relics will be on show at the Sidespace Gallery from Tuesday 7th October to Saturday 18th October 2014.

Applications and payment must be received by 5pm Sunday 21st September 2014 to be eligible for entry. Forward your completed application to enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com.

See the attached application  for further information.

Relics entry form

We look forward to receiving your entries.
Kim Foale, President
Rachael Parry, Exhibition Officer

Fabulous Open Day Was Fabulous

On Saturday we opened our studio doors to the general public as part of the Australian Ceramics Association’s ACOS initiative.

ACOS LARGEIt was a fabulous day with a constant stream of visitors, many of them new to clay, to our studio.

We decorated some pots with coloured slip.colourGary demonstrated some throwing techniques and lots of people had a turn on the wheel.

abandon shipI talked about our collection and was able to show examples of pots in all stages,  bisque, decorated but unglazed, glazed and lustre fired.

It was nice. The photo below shows a small sample of the TCA’s collection, if you want to look at images of our collection as photographed by the talented Robin Roberts.


tca collectionDawn Oakford, John Watson and Kim Foale donated some ceramics that were sold on the day and we made over $200 for our library fund.

pots for saleNew members of the TCA had a go on the wheel and thanks to Gary’s lovely teaching style I think that we will soon have some new throwers amongst us.

jarryd and hannahRobin did some handbuilding and made a large bird bath, here is some of the texture that he added to his creation.

textureJohn Watson also did THREE raku firings that were very exciting to watch and Rachael is keen to explore raku firing techniques further.

So I think that we can  look forward to a couple more raku days at the TCA studio next year.

rachael white crackleAll in all it was a great day at the studio and we all had lots of muddy fun and the consensus was that we should fling open the studio doors much more than just once a year.

So expect another Open Day at the Tas Ceramics Studio in Glenorchy in the new year.