Dawn Oakford will lead this Workshop in exploring imaginative, innovative and inspired ways of continuing to work with clay.

During the course of this one-day, hands-on workshop, participants will explore several strategies to keep their creative juices flowing through group discussions and practical exercises. They will be encouraged to think differently about the techniques that they use, the possibilities of working with others, and how to best convey the concepts that motivate and inspire them. It is also hoped that those taking part will gain more confidence in their abilities to work in a much more intuitive way with clay.

Another outcome of this session may well be the formation of small support and/or working groups to help each other prepare for upcoming exhibitions, resolve production impasses and organize professional development events.

Those taking part are asked to think about & if possible bring along an example of their work or a prototype that they’d like to develop or resolve.


  • Introductions
  • Discussion & listing of individuals’ “creative stalemates”.   Possible approaches will be discussed towards the end of the session.
  • Group exercise – clay provided but participants may like to bring along some of their own tools.
  • LUNCH – Please bring along a plate to share.  Tea, coffee and juice will be provided.
  • Closer consideration of listed “stalemates” + practical suggestions.
  • Close with planning session for future options – preparation for or Annual Exhibition.


 Sunday 18th March 2018

10:00am – 4:00pm


TCA Studio, Cosgrove High School, Glenorchy

For directions visit the Studio page.


$30.00 for members; $50.00 for non-members


Lunch to share.  Tea, coffee and juice will be provided.

To Enrol

Please contact Janine Davison on

We have a maximum number of 12 participants for this workshop (and 11 are already booked).  If the numbers exceed 12, we will be taking names and adding them to a waiting list for cancellations or we will be hosting another workshop.  Date to be announced.

Payments to be made to

Account name: Tasmanian Ceramics Association
BSB: 807-007
Acc. No.: 51257814

Please note your Surname and “Boost” as the reference.

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.

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!

Ginny Conrow. Two Day Workshop May 7th and 8th

Ginny Conrow
Workshop fee: $150 (members) or $200 (non-members).

Living and working in the U.S.A., Ginny Conrow is a highly acclaimed practitioner with a particular expertise in crystalline glazes. You can visit her website to see some of the lovely pieces she makes.

Ginny Conrow 1Ginny Conrow 2

On the Saturday morning, after a Powerpoint review of her work, Ginny will demonstrate techniques of throwing and altering and working with slabs, including a variety of flatware slabs.  In the afternoon you’ll be hands-on in the clay, trying out some new altering, throwing and slab techniques. On Sunday morning Ginny will finish her pieces and you will finish yours. In the afternoon she will discuss and demonstrate her air-brush glazing technique and there will be opportunities for you to practise on your own bisque work (which means of course that you’ll need to bring a couple of your own bisque-fired pieces to the workshop).

Please express your interest
Because our studio facilities are limited, this workshop can cater only to a small group so we are seeking expressions of interest to fine-tune our offering. If you are interested, please email John Watson, , and advise whether you are most interested in the throwing or hand-building aspects, general airbrush-glazing or specifically in crystalline glaze processes.

“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.


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


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


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


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

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


Tasmanian Ceramics Association.