HOT TOPIC: Ceramics in the region

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You asked, so we gathered together some answers: who in the Central West teaches ceramics? Who has kilns they share? What groups are there?

These have been the popular questions to us by phone or email lately. So, we put the call out on Facebook and Instagram and put in the things we already knew and made a list of people who teach, places to learn and kilns in action.

There’s a list of a few upcoming ceramics based exhibitions down the bottom of the list also.

Got something to add. We’ll keep updating this list. Comment here or email artsoutwest@csu.edu.au

Ceramics / pottery in the Central West

TAFE Western

Location: Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo

Pottery wheels: Yes

Kiln: Yes

Adult classes: Yes

Kids classes: No

About: 36 week ceramics class starts early 2020

Contact: To enrol go to tafensw.edu.au

 

Lachlan Arts Council

Location: Condobolin

Pottery wheels: Yes

Kiln: Yes

Adult classes:

Kids classes:

About:  Has a small pottery group. PLUS they needs more volume of work to warrant getting the kiln firing.

Contact:  Talk to Heather Blackley at WPRD  6895 3301

 

Coralie Crouch

Location: Forbes

Pottery wheels: Yes, 6 electric wheels

Kiln: Yes

Adult classes: Potentially

Kids classes:

About: Keen to run courses for those interested in learning aspects of Ceramics. “I live in Forbes now after relocating from Newcastle. I taught Ceramics in Newcastle to adults at my place of business Clay and Glaze. When I finished my lease I relocated to my residence in Shortland where again I taught adults running two classes per week for two years. We called ourselves the Serendipity Potters. The classes offered tuition in both wheel and hand building. I brought all my Ceramic equipment to Forbes and have run two classes since relocating two years ago. I have been concentrating on my own work mainly but would consider running some weekend workshops this year. I have 6 electric wheels, a 10cubic kiln, a slab roller plus a variety of moulds. My special focus is wheel tuition.”

Contact: cacrouch@bigpond.com

 

Cleverness Art School

Location: Orange

Pottery wheels:

Kiln: Yes

Adult classes:

Kids classes:

About: “I have quite a big kiln so can teach ceramics (painting and glazing). I don’t have a wheel to do the pottery side of it. I have taught clay sculpting with air dry class a few times over the last couple of years at Cleverness. I don’t have ceramics in my class schedule yet but it is definitely on the list for the future…” Accept the Creative Kids Vouchers.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/clevernessartschool/  info@clevernessartschool.com.au 0418 450 115

 

The Little Art Company

Location:  Canowindra

Pottery wheels: Yes

Kiln: No. Would like to connect with someone who does.

Adult classes: Yes

Kids classes: Yes

About: “We have an electric wheel and kick wheel and could teach how to throw, we can also teach hand building techniques but sadly no kiln at our new studio. We do hold air dry clay hand building classes for kids and adults. If someone has kiln facilities or is selling a kiln or would like to use wheels or learn clay basics please contact, happy to collaborate with other potters.”  Accepts the Creative Kids Vouchers.

Contact:  https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleArtCompany/ tlac@live.com.au

 

The Mud Factory

Location: Mudgee

Pottery wheels: Yes

Kiln: Yes – conditional use

Adult classes: Yes

Kids classes: Yes

About: Has a kiln, wheels and teaches pottery with adults and kids.  The ceramics room is available with access to wheels and slab table. Kiln usage is also available upon request only (please enquire for conditional terms).  Teaches pottery with kids durng after school and school holiday workshops. Accepts the Creative Kids Vouchers.

Contact: https://themudfactory.com.au/

 

Art Club BM

Location: Blue Mountains (has ran workshops in our region)

Contact: Sharron at Art Club BM smountainceramics@gmail.com

About: Ceramics workshops for groups.

 

Word of Mouth Wines

Location: Orange

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthwines/

About: Word of Mouth Wines is a Cool Climate vineyard located 8 kilometres from Orange NSW at 1000 metres above sea level. Pottery studio on site that hosts occasional workshops. Potters in residence are Peter Gibson and Deborah Upjohn. See their work on instagram @1khighpotters . See also this August 2019 article about Peter in Orange City Life.

Adult classes: Occasional (keep an eye on Facebook)

 

Blue Mountains Creative Arts Centre in Glenbrook

About: Has pottery wheels, kiln and run pottery classes and have two drop in pottery groups (one on Monday nights, the other on Saturday mornings). We have space in the timetable to add groups or classes if there’s enough interest. We are also happy to arrange workshops for group bookings.

Contact www.bmcac.org or email bmcac.mail@gmail.com

 

One-off workshops coming up

Cheeky Chooks in Orange. Photo from Facebook event.

  • Cheeky Chooks Hosted by The Art of Clay. march 16, Orange.  Event details
  • Sip and Create UGLY MUG ceramics, at Bespoke and Co, March 20, Bathurst Event details

Exhibitions

  • Lithgow ceramic artist Sarah O’Sullivan’s exhibition ‘Resiliance’ is at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery until March 22. Event details

Sarah O’Sullivan, Perminerala 2018, hand-painted porcelain and mixed media. Photo: Debbie Gallulo. Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Hands on Clay Fri April 3 – Mon April 27 at GANG GANG LITHGOW. A group exhibition showcasing a collection of masters in their field in this dynamic and thought provoking show. Will include artist talks and workshops Details here

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