Lisa Britzman

Lisa Britzman Ceramics_5007ALisa comes to Tasmania from Seattle, Washington, USA. Her love affair with clay began in 1978 when master potter in residence, Dean Schwarz taught her in high school. She followed Dean to Luther College and South Bear Design School where she studied full time to learn the Bauhaus tradition of pottery. The mentor for this school was Master Potter Marguerite Wildenhain, who was one of the first ceramicists at the Bauhaus in Germany.

At age 19 Lisa worked as a production potter in Minneapolis for a year. She became mesmerized with the process of RAKU after a few workshops with Paul Soldner, known as the father of Raku in America.

Lisa obtained degrees in Art, and Geology/Environmental science and 20 years later a degree in Interior architecture.  Lisa’s love of the natural world found her immersed in environmental work for 30 years, while pottery became the escape from the real world. She has exhibited in galleries in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Seattle, Mooloolaba and various exhibitions on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

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Lisa spent ten years living in Queensland, where she worked as an award winning interior designer specializing in sustainable design and as a guest lecturer in sustainable interiors at QUT and for the Green Building Council of Australia.

Lisa and her partner have now permanently moved to the Huon Valley where they run a small farm business “Campo de Flori”.

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Besides being a studio ceramic artist, Lisa tends the fields of saffron, lavender and olives. Her love of the natural world in her daily life at the farm is captured in her current works of art, which include her amazement with all the little birds that come to play in the wetlands, fields and 40 acres of bush that surround them in the Huon Valley.


Lisa is currently exploring several different clay bodies and glazing techniques, while she builds her new Raku kiln. Raku Pieces to be coming soon. To keep up with what’s next you can follow Lisa’s work at:                                

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The Christmas BBQ was a bit soggy

But potters are hardy souls and so we didn’t let a little thing like a spot of rain stop us from celebrating the end of a successful year. I mean when you work day and night with the threat of kiln disasters hanging over your heads, what is a torrential downpour between friends?

I set the tone early on with a last despairing cry on facebook for people to not stay at home by their warm fires, their warm DRY fires.

A message from the President. Please come along to the BBQ today so that I am not forced to do a “Johnny Cash” with my pavlova. #disclaimer. The President ALWAYS uses a spoon and does not hide under trees.


Luckily the umbrella owning members of the TCA heeded my call of, pavlova for all and came along to the Waterworks Reserve.

We shared food and conversation.

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We shared umbrellas.

Xmas BBQThe drizzle eased up enough to lull us into a false sense of security and so we lay our umbrellas down.

umbrellasAnd of course it then decided to absolutely bucket down and still we stood around in the rain determinedly enjoying ourselves. Because Christmas.

Dawn and AnnaSomeone made the suggestion that we should retire to a local coffee shop and with the thought of a dry room and hot coffee our collective resolves broke. We dashed around like mad, packing up the remains of a very soggy lunch and headed off to the South Hobart Food Store for a very welcome hot drink.

Dripping wet but cheerful a lovely time was had by all and we even paused for a group photo.

BBQ TCAOn behalf of the Tasmanian Ceramics association I would like to wish you all a very MERRY Christmas and a safe and HAPPY New Year.


Christmas BBQ

Site 7 Waterworks Reserve, Dynnyrne
Everybody Welcome

Waterworks Reserve BBQ site No 7

Site 7 is an uncovered site, (so cross everything it isn’t raining) There is a table and bench seating suitable for 4-6 adults. The site can easily cater for larger numbers if you bring along your own chairs small tables or  a rug.

The site is located 750 meters from the reserve entrance. Easy access from the car park and the site is relatively flat with shade available.

There is an onsite gas barbecue and a tap.

No need to RSVP, just come along with a bit of food. Salads and finger food are normally shared.

Click on the link to the Waterworks Reserve Site Map if you need directions

or phone Robin on 62434670 if you need any further help.


Focus on Process

Focus on Process.

The TCA are currently showing a selection of FABULOUS pots from our collection.

Many ceramic techniques and processes are on display as demonstrated by leading Australian and International clayworkers during their visits to Tasmania over the last 40 years.

The exhibition continues until October 24th at the Moonah Arts Centre, Hopkins St, MOONAH.
Gallery hours:- Weekdays 11am – 5pm; Saturdays 10am – 2pm


The Tasmanian Ceramics Association’s Open Day aka THE OSCAS

The Tasmanian Ceramics Association’s Open DAY on the 18th of August,was a wonderful success.

I (Kim Foale) am an ideas person, when I see a wonderful idea early in the year, like The OSCAS  I think to myself, “This will be fabulous, it will be SO much fun, LETS DO IT!”

The TCA committee agreed with me that the day would indeed be a good idea and whilst my head was full of plans for playing in the mud with the hordes of visitors I was sure we would get. The hard working committee got on with sorting out the myriad details that make a day like the OSCAS so worthwhile. Things like certificates and signage and membership forms and business cards and…

So thanks very very VERY much to the hard work of the TCA committee the day was a resounding success.

RobinAnna Williams shared with us all the techniques she uses to make her fabulous chickens.Open Day at Cosgrove3755Here are some of Anna’s chickens.

Anna williams ChickensRobin Roberts showed us how he made his delightful fish. I do not have a photo of Robin demonstrating but I do have a photo of his fish to share with you.

40 years in the making_39 Robin Roberts 4925I helped our visitors make their own ceramic masterpieces.

Open Day at Cosgrove3747It was lots of fun. We were very busy.Open Day at Cosgrove3753Here is a snapshot of our days work.

ceramic work 2Thanks must also go to the Australian Ceramics association for coming up with the idea, I thoroughly enjoyed following all the potters preparations on facebook and via their personal blogs.

So in keeping with the spirit of ceramic co-operation, I am going to link this web entry to Adriana Christianson’s Mud Colony Blog. 

Open Studio: The OSCAS

TCA Open DayThe Tasmanian Ceramics association are holding an Open Day at our studio in G Block on Sunday the 18th of August, from 11 am – 4 pm,  (This is part of a National Ceramics open day THE OSCAS)

There will be demonstrations by local ceramic artists which will include hand building and throwing on the wheel. Members of the public  will have the opportunity to decorate and keep (once it is fired) a small bowl using a sgraffito technique, drawing in clay

Please come along to this free event and experience the joys of playing in the mud and see what making pottery is all about.

For more information please email, The President of the Tasmanian Ceramics Association Kim Foale on or phone during business hours on 62 686 222

Somchai Charoen Workshop


Somchai Charoen

Somchai Charoen is a ceramic artist based in Sydney who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Trained in industrial ceramic design, he was a former lecturer at Silpakorn University, Thailand (1994-2002). Since migrating to Australia, he has worked commercially as a mould and model maker as well as established his ceramic home ware label Eat Clay. Somchai is the co-founder of Belmore ITCH, a creative residency for non-ceramic artists to experiment, explore and interpret the medium.

WHEN: Wednesday 19th June
WHERE: Polytechnic Ceramics studio, Hunter St., Hobart
COST: $10

Morning Session from 10.00-12.00am.
Somchai Charoen will be conducting experiments in mould-making using waste materials such as sawdust and newspaper etc. This includes making clay prototypes and plaster prototypes.

Afternoon Session from 1.00-2.30 pm.
Somchai will showcase the idea of mould-making using plaster sheets followed by tips and techniques about mould-making.

Dunalley Working Bee For Tim Holmes


In the last newsletter there was mention of the TCA working bee for Tim Holmes at Dunalley. The plan is to take apart his old wood kiln in preparation for a rebuild so that Tim can return to woodfiring.

WHEN: 10.00 – late afternoon on Sunday 21st April.

WHERE: Potter’s Croft, Dunalley.  (On the left before you drive into Dunalley township, on a corner, overlooking the water. )

WHAT TO BRING: Old clothes, boots, gloves, a mask, some tools ( put your name on them) for cleaning bricks.

Food and drink to share.

Car pooling is a good idea.

ENQUIRIES: to Jude Maisch 62430195 or email

Please let Jude know if you will be coming along.

TCA Annual Exhibition is fast approaching.

2013 Tasmanian Ceramics Assn 41st Annual Exhibition

Details and Entry Form

Feat of Clay

5 – 26 May Schoolhouse Gallery Rosny

Exhibition Calendar

To enter: Download Entry Form HERE =>. Feat of Clay Entry Form 2013

Post Entry Form to P.O. Box 82, New Town, Tas 7008 or email your completed entry form to

This information must be received by 5pm Monday 22 April 2013.

Please contact Anna Williams on 0408 290 831 if you need further assistance or information.

Delivering work to Schoolhouse Gallery, Rosny: By Wednesday 1st May 11- 4pm.  Contact Anna Williams 0408 290 831 to arrange alternative delivery if essential.

N.B. Northern exhibitors to deliver work to The Tin Shed, Invermay by Fri 19th April for collection by Tom Hartley.

Payment: cheque or money order (make payable to Tasmanian Ceramics Association, Inc.) posted to P.O. Box 82, New Town, Tas 7008.

or by direct debit (details available by emailing

Exhibition opening: Sunday 5May 2:00pm.

Exhibition closes: Sun 26 May

Collecting unsold work: Sunday 26 May 12 noon – 4pm; or phone Schoolhouse Gallery on 6245 8740 to arrange an alternative time.

All unsold work must be collected by 4.00pm unless otherwise arranged.

Conditions of entry


  • Exhibitors must reside in Tasmania and the exhibits must be their own work.
  • Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Insurance of the work in transit and during the exhibition is the responsibility of the exhibitor.
  • The Tasmanian Ceramics Association Inc. reserves the final say on all matters related to conditions of entry and the right to photographically reproduce exhibits for promotional purposes, web-site and catalogues.
  • The entry fee is $25 for TCA members, $40 for non-members.
  • Exhibitors are not required to gallery-sit this year.
  • Commission of 22% is charged by the Schoolhouse Gallery. No commission is charged by TCA.
  • The exhibitor is responsible for liaising with the buyer regarding any special arrangements regarding packaging, sending and insuring sold work.
  • To comply with Australian taxation law, your ABN must be quoted or a declaration of Hobby Status must accompany the entry form.
  • Independent judges will be engaged to choose the winners of awards once the exhibition has been mounted.
  • The exhibition committee reserves the right not to exhibit submitted items and to limit the number of exhibits per person to two depending on number of entries.