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)

mosaicmischief

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”

“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

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.

Annual Exhibiton

Asylum

Asylum

ANNUAL EXHIBITION NOVEMBER 4 – 15 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.

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

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 (1)

and can be emailed to enquiries@tasmanianceramics.com

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