“Australia’s Great International Ceramics Festival 17th-23rd April 2016”

 

Clay Gulgong

 

Clay Gulgong 2016 is bringing together leaders in the fields of ceramics, art writing and education for a week-long program of learning, ideas and festivity. Over 500 delegates will be arriving from around Australia and the world for this unique art festival.

The festival will be held in a region of rural north-western New South Wales, that is globally recognized for its strong links with the field of ceramics.

From April 17th – 23rd, the old gold rush town of Gulgong will be transformed into a lively hub of demonstrations, talks and activities. With renowned artists and thinkers flying in from across the globe, the week-long program aims to explore processes and ideas within the ceramic field.

Keith Brymer-Jones, from the BBC2 program The Great Pottery Throw Down; and curator Marta Donaghey of London’s Centre for Contemporary Ceramics will be in attendance, alongside prolific ceramists from Italy, Norway and the Netherlands.

Some highlights of this year’s program include Beth Cavener (USA), who is making her first-ever visit to Australia to share her practice alongside Alessandro Gallo (USA/Italy). Both artists are renowned for their evocative animal sculptures which they craft meticulously, commentating on the human condition.

We will also be welcoming writer and curator, Moyra Elliot, who is bringing with her seven of New Zealand’s best ceramists to work on a collaborative project for the duration of the festival.

Accompanying the daily demonstrations will be a series of lectures, presentations and panel discussions on topics ranging from education and critical arts writing to the future of ceramics as an art form.

After all these years, traditions of family and community remain at the festival’s core and at the end of the week, guests are invited to visit Morning View – the Mansfield family farm for a day of experimentation, entertainment, fire and fun.

The full list of Masters is as follows:

Akira Satake – Japan/USA
Alessandro Gallo – Italy/USA
Alexandra Engelfriet – Netherlands
Beth Cavener – USA
Garth Clark – USA
Ian Jones – Australia
Jack Troy – USA
John Neely – USA
Keith Brymer-Jones – UK
Mark Del Vecchio – USA
Marta Donaghey – UK
Merran Esson – Australia
Paul Davis – Australia
Peter Callas – USA
Rafa Perez – Spain
Simon Reece – Australia
Torbjørn Kvasbø – Norway

We will also welcome the following guest artists from New Zealand:

Brendan Adams – NZ
Chuck Joseph – NZ

Jim Cooper – NZ

Lauren Winstone – NZ

Matt McLean – NZ
Moyra Elliot – NZ

Steve Fullmer – NZ

Mark Teseschi QC AM – the festival official photographer

Christopher Allen – gives his views on ceramics in a stand-alone talk as well as joining the highly anticipated writers panel.

Cost:

$480 for a weekly pass, or $325 if you are a full-time student. Day passes are also available.
Registrations can be made at www.claygulgong.com/shop

Contact:

Please make all enquiries about Clay Gulgong 2016 to the Festival Manager, Siobhan Mansfield at event@claygulgong.com or 0447 241 826.

Facebook: facebook.com/mansfieldceramics

Instagram: @mansfieldceramics

Twitter: @claygulgong

Shadows From The Island. On Now at The Sidespace

Hello Tasmanian Ceramists, Helen Leckie has emailed me saying,

I’m hoping to meet some fellow ceramicists and maybe some of us may know each other as I went to Tas. Art School here in the sixties! Now living in Queensland but am a frequent visitor.

Gallery open each day and I will be there on the 14th and then again 18th  20th and 21st

I exhibit regularly in Brisbane but this is the first time in Tasmania.

Exhibition invitation March 2016

“SHADOWS FROM THE ISLAND”

Growing up in Hobart during the fifties and sixties the Past was a place we did not go.

But returning to Tasmania after many years I find, emerging from the shadows, stories that have inspired me to imagine in clay those feisty ancestors for too long unknown to us. My research has focussed mainly on our founding mothers, the bawdy and the brave. The transportees and the impoverished free immigrants. Thus each figure has a name and a story. The struggles and the achievements of the Van Diemonians make for fascinating reading. I hope to share their stories through my work.          My work is stylized naturalism leaning towards finding the quintessential character of the subject.

Helen Leckie.

Born Hobart 1944. Matriculated from Hobart High School and studied at the Tasmanian School of Art then situated in the old University buildings on the Domain. Taught art in high schools on the N.W. Coast for 4 years before leaving Tasmania. After living and travelling overseas for 10 years settled in Brisbane where I taught high school art for 20 years. I have exhibited regularly in Brisbane and am now delighted to be returning to my home state to exhibit.

“First Sighting of Van Diemen’s Land”

First Sight Of Van Dieman's Land Helen Leckie

Annual Exhibition. Asylum

Asylum

ANNUAL EXHIBITION NOVEMBER 3 – 16 2015

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.

Asylum;

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

Studio News

Alby studio image

 

TCA STUDIO OPEN EVERY THURSDAY

As Alby is away in sunny Queensland, the studio will be this week opened by TCA President Kim Foale until 6pm.

Next week the Thursday Open Studio will be back to normal hours as Alby takes over.

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH OPEN STUDIO

The First Friday of the Month Open Studio will NOT be happening this month because I will be opening up the studio on Thursday instead, so if you want to pop into the studio on Thursday Afternoon for some clay company, that would be nice. Next month the First Friday Open Studio will be held as normal from 10 -1 pm on the 2nd of October

WELCOME DINNER ON THE 11th

The Welcome Dinner with the Irish Potters is scheduled for Friday night the 11th of September, somewhere in North Hobart, if you would like to come along to dinner with us can you please let me know by this Friday the 4th of September so that I can book a table somewhere. You can email me at enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Warm Regards
Kim Foale

 

Raku Workshop in Pictures

Yesterday The TCA hosted a raku kiln building and firing workshop at our studio in Glenorchy. John Watson had built a steel mesh and fibre raku kiln at his home, documented the process and shared the information with attendees.

We then got to see the kiln in action and spent a full on day raku firing all the pots.

The following images were taken Desma McLeod.

TCA Raku Day June 2015 images by Desma McLeod (13)

 

 

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Raku Firing and Raku Kiln Construction Workshop “Take Two”

Raku Firing

Sunday 28th June, 10am – 3pm

T.C.A. Studio, Cosgrove High School

Joanna Lawton
Joanna Lawton

Ever consider setting up your own raku kiln in your own backyard? John Watson will show you how you can construct a raku kiln for home use, what materials to use and what costs are involved. Then we’ll spend the rest of the day glazing and firing the work you produced at our previous workshop. There will be some spare pieces available for those who do not have any work to raku.

Bring a paint brush for glazing, wear old clothes and bring something to share for lunch.

Cost: $30 members, $45 non members

Bookings:

enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Kim Foale on 0424 201 949

Foul weather

Please include a phone number when booking in case of inclement weather (pouring rain, strong wind). We will contact you by 8.30am if the weather is too bad to fire outdoors and we need to postpone the event.

*please note that we will no longer be using the felicity lane access gate to the school. Please use the middle gate access via the main road, instead.

First Friday of the Month Open Studio

Open Studio from 10-1

This Friday the 5th of June

There will be cake.

We will also be attaching the Cerameco “Food for Thought” business cards to our GLORIOUS SPOONS.

spoons
spoons
spoons
spoons

Please come along and attach a card or two, eat some cake, chat about clay things, make a pot or two, swap a glaze recipe or three or just sit and browse the many magazines and journals we have in our library.

I hope to see you there.

Kim

Clay for Nepal

THE WORLD’S LEADING CERAMICISTS RALLY FOR NEPAL

26cm h x 19cm d
26cm h x 19cm d

This week more than 80 artworks donated by acclaimed ceramic artists and potters
around the world will go under the virtual hammer in ‘Clay For Nepal’, an online
project initiated by celebrated Melbourne artist Vipoo Srivilasa, to raise funds for
devastated earthquake victims.

According to Srivilasa the response from the world’s ceramics community has been
overwhelming with pieces donated by more than 30 highly collectable artists including
Australia’s Pippin Drysdale and Belgium’s Ann Van Hoey.
‘After seeing the terrible footage, I felt that I had to do something.’
‘I realised that together with my colleagues we could auction our work to make a
substantial contribution to the relief effort,’ he said.

Srivilasa is renowned for bringing communities together through ceramics and in 2011
raised over $20,000 in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Yasi for the Queensland Flood
Appeal.

The rising death toll since the April 25 earthquake has now reached more than 7,500
and foreign aid will play a critical role in providing emergency shelter, medical
supplies, sanitation, safe drinking water and rebuilding the districts hardest hit.

‘Clay for Nepal’ artworks will go to auction from 6am AEST Friday 15 May to 9pm
AEST Sunday 17 May with more affordable pieces available from the project’s online
store. All proceeds from art sales will go to OXFAM Australia: Nepal Earthquake Relief
Appeal.

Go to www.clayfornepal.com and follow #clayfornepal15 on Facebook and Instagram for latest updates and details.

Raku Firing and Raku Kiln Construction Workshop

Raku Firing

Sunday 31st May, 10am – 3pm

T.C.A. Studio, Cosgrove High School

four fish

Ever consider setting up your own raku kiln in your own backyard? John Watson will show you how you can construct a raku kiln for home use, what materials to use and what costs are involved. Then we’ll spend the rest of the day glazing and firing the work you produced at our previous workshop. There will be some spare pieces available for those who do not have any work to raku.

Bring a paint brush for glazing, wear old clothes and bring something to share for lunch.

Cost: $30 members, $45 non members

Bookings:

enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

Kim Foale on 0424 201 949

Foul weather

Please include a phone number when booking in case of inclement weather (pouring rain, strong wind). We will contact you by 8.30am if the weather is too bad to fire outdoors and we need to postpone the event.

*please note that we will no longer be using the felicity lane access gate to the school. Please use the middle gate access via the main road, instead.