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The 2017 wrap and first guest artist workshop for 2018
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Happy New Year everybody!

We thank you for your support in 2017 and wish you the best of health, happiness and creative energy and inspiration for 2018 

2017 wrap

2017 was a big year in our little centre and it's been wonderful making new friends.  We'd like to share some of the highlights of our year including the professional development workshops and forums with guest artists that we held this year. These are different from our weekly courses, usually at a higher level and engaging a wider audience. Below you can see an overview of some of the fun and informative events we held including some links to podcasts. Thanks to everyone who attended and to all our staff and volunteers who helped. We love hosting these events and hope they contribute to informative learning and discussion.
We kicked off the year in February with a forum about International Artist Residencies for ceramics. Speakers Carol Gentithes & Fred Johnston from USA, and Amy Kennedy, Robyn Phelan and Liz Williams from Australia discussed a wide range of residency opportunities available for ceramic artists. Listen to our podcast here. 
We were invited by The Pottery Expo to organise a program of free talks. Topics included Ways of Selling, Setting Up a Studio, Inspiration and Concepts, and Educational options. We are looking forward to doing it again on 24-25 Feb 2018 with some new speakers so keep an eye on their website for details.

In April we ran our first Kintsugi course with the consummate professional fixer and artist Penny Byrne. It was a massive success and we look forward to the next one soon. (the next one is sold out but make sure you get on our waiting list if you are interested in future ones!)
A workshop in May with the incredibly capable and equally humble Tassie artist, Andrew Halford, showed us a range of Japanese throwing techniques and discussed his approach to ceramics based on the Mingei philosophy. Slow Clay director Jane Sawyer was more than a little bit excited to host this one as Andrew was her teacher and his teachings inform our Slow Clay methods! Keep you eyes on our website news section for a little film we are making.....
Continuing the international theme, our forum in August Making International Pathways, brought together three inspiring Australian ceramic artists who have had success exhibiting internationally: Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith. Held in conjunction with Craft Victoria and the World Crafts Council - Australia and MC'd by Dr Kevin Murray. Listen to the podcast here
In October we welcomed Mike Martino, a US potter based in Japan and passionate about Japanese Karatsu wares. He gave a very informative talk and followed it the next day with a workshop showing some specific Karatsu techniques.  We were also lucky to see some very old Karatsu shards brought along by Robert Davies. Keep your eye on our website news section for a film we will be uploading soon...

...and kids are never left out at Slow Clay Centre! We held two incredible Claymation courses with visiting Canadian artist Daniel Sterlin-Altmann together with our regular holiday and after-school classes. 
....and we finished the year with our annual COLLECTIVE X SLOW CLAY, a five-day event where we transform the studio into a pop-up exhibition and invite 30 artists to show their work with us. Thanks to everyone who attended, bought work and started or developed their collections or attended the associated workshops. It was a blast! See some images on Facebook here.  
...oh and we uploaded two more videos of guest artists Sandy Lockwood and Neil Hoffmann workshops to our Vimeo and Youtube channels.

Thanks again if you attended and we look forward to bringing more exciting ceramics to you in 2018. 
Next workshop:

Hiscock & Hukku: The Clay and The Brush

Two approaches to painting using clay as canvas 

Melbourne-based Fiona Hiscock and Sydney-based Niharika Hukku are ceramic artists who utilise the three dimensional clay form as a canvas for painting. Their subject matter is often the natural environment and they are both representational in style, however their results are entirely unique.
Hiscock's flamboyant paintings of birds and plants inhabit her expressively hand-made and hyperbolic jugs, vases and platters with a cornucopia of life that is rich and entrancing. Hukku's designs are photo-realistic and measured by contrast, yet her life-like goldfish almost swim off her precisely made porcelain vases and her compelling sky and cloud-scapes could legitimately be used as perfect meditation objects.  

This one day workshop will bring together these two individual artists to discuss and demonstrate their different approaches to painting the clay canvas. The day will begin with presentations from each artist which will trace the development of their work to date and detail their conceptual approaches.  This will be followed by detailed demonstrations of their techniques, materials and processes and also offer an optional guided teaching exercise where students will be able to experience the materials themselves on a small ceramic object. Finished objects will be fired and students can collect them a few weeks later or have them posted.  

Sunday 11 March 2018
10am - 4pm
$235 ($195 Earlybird, FT student or FT potter)
Slow Clay Centre, 13 Keele St, Collingwood
Book here

And don't miss...

Warrandyte Pottery Expo
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February 2018

The annual Pottery Expo will be held on the banks of the beautiful Yarra River in the heart of Warrandyte Village just 30 minutes by car northeast of the Melbourne CBD, Australia. Come along to see a huge array of ceramics from many makers. Like last year, Slow Clay is organising some free talks including the amazing Greg Daly who will run a mini-workshop: "How to mix 28 coloured glazes in 30 minutes"! Keep an eye on their website for details.

Clay Gulgong 2018
Sunday 15 April - Sunday 22 April 2018


This biennial event will take place in a region of north-western New South Wales, Australia, that is globally recognised for its strong links with the field of ceramics. Mansfield Ceramics are committed to bringing the best national and international artists to the beautiful town of Gulgong. Details here
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