WORKSHOP – Masterclass with Ian Clare


In October, we will be visiting Ian Clare at his studio in a converted apple shed next to Port Cygnet. Ian will deliver a master class, showcasing his studio, equipment, and way of working.

As a highly experienced production potter of mainly domestic ware, Ian is recognised for his beautiful forms with richly coloured, dense glazes. His work is predominately wheel thrown with some slip cast production items.

Ian Clare spent his childhood on field trips with his potter parents, to gather clay bodies. From 1975-1978, he was apprenticed to Shigeo Shiga at Terrey Hills, NSW, learning to wedge clay, and in his last year, to throw. He then completed the three-year Diploma of Art at the University of Tasmania Launceston campus from 1983-85, before setting up his studio at Stanley in Northern Tasmania, where he started to develop his Marine Life range. In 1993, he moved to the Huon Valley in Southern Tasmania.

In 2007, he spent time at the Nalanda Buddhist Monastery in Lavaur, France, with the sculptor Jonathon Partridge. Now, after working across Tasmania, Ian has settled in Cygnet, where he lives and operates his own studio, producing work commissioned by the likes of Hobart’s Wrest Point Hotel Casino and MONA.

Ian’s body of work has been strongly influenced by his parents’ experiments with high-fired stoneware, his training with Shiga and the Tasmanian coastal environment.

Date: Sunday 20th October, 11am – 4pm

Location: Ian Clare Pottery Studio, 46A Lymington Road, Cygnet

What to Bring: Lunch to share

Cost: $80 members

$90 non-members

How To Enrol: Workshop participants are limited so please email Workshop Co-ordinators Sophie and Tobi on to register.

Once your booking has been confirmed, payments are to be made prior to the workshop to confirm your place as follows:

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

Please note your Surname and ‘Ian Clare’ as the reference

Note that participants will need to provide own transport to Cygnet.