From The President

Hi everyone, as some of you will already know, on the 28th of November I reluctantly resigned from the Cerameco executive organising committee. This decision was not taken lightly and was due to a perfect storm of health issues within my family, none of them immediately life threatening, but all of them serious.

On the 5th of December a decision was made by the remaining Cerameco committee members to disband Cerameco, and to not continue with preparations for hosting the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart in 2018.

I am sorry for disappointing those of you who were looking forward to coming to Hobart.

I would also like to thank those of you who offered your advice and support to me, personally and professionally in the last three years it meant a lot and I am grateful.

Kim Foale

President

Tasmanian Ceramics Association.

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

AN OPPORTUNITY:

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

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

Glaze Workshop with Mark Knight

40-years-in-the-making_-18-17-Mark-Knight-4956Mark Knight image by Robin Roberts

There are a number of new members using our studio, who are ready to step up to the next level with their ceramics, and a proper appreciation and knowledge of glaze theory is critical for your future development.

Mark Knight an experienced studio potter has formulated a hands on glaze workshop that is ideal for beginners. This three part workshop, conducted over 3 days, will introduce you to all the skills needed to go forth and create fabulous glazes of your own.

Over the first 2 days you will learn:

•    How to weigh, mix and sieve glaze

•    How to apply glaze to a test tile you make yourself in the first workshop and to achieve         the most results from the one test

•    An easy line blending technique to show how one glaze may have many variations

You will need:

•    Your own stoneware clay

•    Small lidded bucked/ice cream container

•    Dust mask

•    Underglaze pencil (optional) or fine paintbrush

On a third afternoon there will be a short discussion about the fired results.

All recipes will be shared to provide a folio of glazes and each participant will have a complete set of test tiles.

Dates: 10th and 31st of October  with a 9 am start, with the third day to be decided by participants

Cost: $40 for members $75 for non Members

We need 10 participants for this course to go ahead, otherwise we will reschedule to early next year.

please register your interest by emailing Kim Foale at @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

Robert Sanderson Throwing Demonstration Sunday 13th September

Hello everyone we are very pleased to be able to offer an unexpected and delightful add on to our workshop on Sunday the 13th of September.

Robert Sanderson will be giving a brief talk about himself and his work and then he shall give us a throwing demonstration – throwing off the hump. Robert will also be altering thrown forms by impressing – as described and illustrated on pages 57-59 of Coll’s Impressed and Incised book.

If there is time and people are interested Robert will also give a talk on contemporary international wood-fired ceramics.

For those of you who have already signed up to Coll Minogue’s two day workshop this is included in your fee.

For the throwers out there who would like to come along to this demonstration there is a small charge of $25 per head and numbers will be limited because of space constraints in the studio so I suggest that you book in quickly via return email.

Please arrive at the studio at 12.45 pm on Sunday the 13th of September for a 1 pm start.

Warm Regards
Kim Foale