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.


WORKSHOP With Zsolt Faludi, Glen Huon.

The Tasmanian Ceramics Association is holding a workshop with professional ceramicist and teacher Zsolt Faludi at his home and studio 785 Glen Huon Road, Glen Huon on Sunday 17th March from 10.00-5.00, the home which he now shares with his partner  ceramist Nanna Bayer

This demonstration workshop will include clay making from local clay (and using it for building), throwing, turning, lids and handles, surface treatment and glazes.

It is an opportunity for participants to watch and learn from a very experienced and skilled ceramicist, who has been working with clay since his apprenticeship in Hungary with master potter Janos Dugar in 1980-83. Since migrating to Tasmania in 1984 Zsolt has held many solo exhibitions, participated in many group shows, taught extensively and is currently teaching at Polytechnic ceramics in Hunter Street. From 2006-12 he was head of SVPA, University of Tasmania in Launceston. He has won many awards and prizes and is represented in many private and public collections.

Following the workshop all are invited to partake in a pizza party, using Zsolt’s home-made pizza oven (those who want to join in this can bring favourite toppings or other dishes to be cooked in the oven such as veges or cake.  (More details for participants later).

Zsolt said of the workshop:

“My grandparents (on my fathers side) were small farmers back in Hungary. They ran a humble operation on a small farm growing crops and keeping farm animals; had veggie garden, orchard, and a vineyard: moreover, grandpa was an absolutely brilliant beekeeper. It was a fantastic place to hang out for a city kid, and I spent many Summers there.

Now strangely after all these years, I find myself aspiring to practice ceramics akin to the life I experienced on the farm, to work with clay, for lack of a better word in a “humane” way, and to let being and practice merge into some sort of organic, creative whole. ……I hope to give you a small sample of my (our) aspirations and to demonstrate what I (we) have been hoping to achieve”.

BOOK IN FOR THIS WORKSHOP by phoning  (62430195) or emailing Jude Maisch ( by Monday 11th March.

Cost $40 members, $55 non-members payable on the day.

Enquire for directions and car pooling.  Bring lunch to share.

Christmas Barbercue

Dear Members

This time of the year can be very busy for many so here is a date for your calendar!
Site 2 at Waterworks Reserve has been booked from 5:30pm onwards on Friday 14th December.

Site 2 is a covered site suitable for 25 adults

The site caters for larger groups if the uncovered area of the site is utilised.
It is situated on the right between the two reservoirs and is approximately 400 metres from the front gate.
There are two tables located inside the shelter and bench seating is provided around the walls. The area around the shelter is suitable for children to play.
A gas barbecue is available, as is tap water.
BYO everything, including food to barbecue, cutlery, plates and cooking and eating utensils and drinks.

We usually share salads or nibbles or desserts etc.

If you have a portable BBQ it might be an idea to put it in your car boot in case we get a large crowd

Bring portable tables and chairs if people would like to be able to sit outside and enjoy the location.

Further details are available from

No need to RSVP – just turn up with your barbecue needs and a smile on your face.