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As always, it has been a busy start to the year in
the world of clay in Canberra.
The new studio for the Canberra Potters' Society
artist-in-residence program currently has its first
tenant, Anne Masters, who recently completed
a Masters degree at ANU and was awarded the
short residency as part of the Emerging Artist
Support Scheme. In the Watson Arts Centre
Gallery until 28 April is the touring exhibition,
Hyperclay: Contemporary Ceramics. From 10
to 27 May, painter Angharad Dean and ceramic
artist Caroline Reid will present new work. June
will see two CPS exhibitions -- the annual Winter
Fair and the 2012 Student/Teacher Exhibition.
For full details about residencies, exhibitions,
classes etc. go to www.canberrapotters.com.au.
In February, Strathnairn Arts Association hosted
its first artists-in-residence for 2012, Markus
and Ute Bohm, ceramicists from Germany. They
showed their work in the Homestead Gallery in
March. Go to www.strathnairn.asn.au for the full
program of exhibitions and workshops.
Belconnen Arts Centre is one of several galleries
presenting ceramics as part of mixed exhibitions
in 2012. Open Your Eyes, 30 March to 22 April,
will showcase a vibrant selection of works by six
Canberra artists from Israel, Japan, Indonesia,
Spain, Nepal and Poland. The original and
poignant exhibition Maria Crinigan's Tragedy,
27 April to 13 May, will feature sculpture by
Rosina Wainwright which focuses on the plight
of pioneer women; while ceramicist Jacqui Malins
will forsake clay to present drawings which
provide a visual complement and an emotional
contrast to the history of early Ginninderra settler
Before signing off, as a regional rep for JAC
through the reign of three editors, may I say
how much I enjoyed catching up with those
editors and other friends at the splendid
50th anniversary celebration at Manly Art
Gallery. Thank you to all who helped with the
organisation and festivities on the day. The
speeches were pertinent and the cake was
Cheers, Jane Crick
Congratulations to The Journal of Australian
Ceramics on its 50 inspiring years. What an
influence it has been on Australian ceramics!
Newcastle Studio Potters is also celebrating
a milestone. Back to Back Galleries will be
celebrating twenty years of exhibiting ceramics
in 2012. There are a number of celebratory
shows planned including a tile show with past
members being asked to join in, and another
bowl exhibition, Bowled Over Again, opening
in September. Go to www.newcastlepotters.
org for details.
Further north, Julia Stewart made her mark with
an exhibition, Fragile at Serpentine Gallery,
Lismore. Julia's delicate work was made using
cellulose fibre to create moulded porcelain pots.
The decline of bat habitats and resultant disease
issues are described in the extremely fine slipcast
strawberry figs. Octobabies continued the
environmental theme in the work of Advanced
Diploma student Cynthia Manietta where 25 cast
baby-faced octopi seemingly spread themselves
like star fish taking over everything in their way
(population growth). Taking this theme further,
Cynthia 'tagged' 36 muscles like endangered
species and printed an image of dead fish into
bowls. Jenny Moore, another TAFE graduate,
posed theological questions on slipcast vases
with biblical texts from Genesis on one side, and
images of Charles Darwin on the other.
A highly successful commission for a 16th
century European-inspired bar, measuring 1
metre high by 10.2 metres long, has been
fabricated by Jane Randall-Smith and is a fine
example of more than 680 handmade tiles
illustrating a bounteous Basket of Fruit inspired
by Carravagio and Sleeping Dog by Gerrit Dou.
The bar complements the other crafted elements
in this Spanish bodega-style restaurant, Rustica,
overlooking Newcastle Beach.
PS Great exhibition at Manly!
qld far north
Cairns Potters Club (CPC) received an interesting
exhibition report from Cairns Regional Gallery for
Melting Pot 2011, the 10th Biennial National
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