Australian Ceramics Open Studios in Bellingen Shire

Unearth a potter this weekend

This November hundreds of potters and ceramic artists around Australia will open their studios to the public for the eighth annual Australian Ceramics Open Studios.

The event shines a spotlight on the diverse practice of Australian artists working today in clay.

According to Cathy Franzi, President of The Australian Ceramics Association, it's an inspiring opportunity for the broader community to step inside the creative spaces of contemporary potters and ceramicists.

"The ceramic process is a particularly fascinating one, starting with shaping plastic clay into form, whether that is a cup to drink from or a contemporary sculpture.

"You might see clay turned into vessels on the potter's wheel or an artist decorating a ceramic surface with intricate imagery before the piece is fired in a kiln.

"This weekend will offer the visitor a rare glimpse into the spaces where creativity occurs," Ms Franzi said.

The general public can unleash their inner artist and participate in workshops, see demonstrations, listen to artist talks, and purchase original ceramics from potters located in suburban backyards, inner city co-operatives and rambling rural settings across Australia on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November, from 10am - 4pm.

Bellingen resident Jane Northway has a studio situated in the grounds of the lovely Bellingen Riverside Cottage at 224 North Bank Rd.

There will be wheel throwing demonstrations at 11am on each of the days and different stages of the making processes to see. Visitors will be warmly welcomed with light refreshments.

At 9 Lucas Avenue Bellingen, Reanne Brewin will have an open studio and pop-up exhibition where works will be for sale. She will also be running a weekend workshop in hand building.

Reanne Brewin, Bellingen

Reanne Brewin, Bellingen

At 1 Winter Ave in Mylestom you will find Phil Greed, who has been a maker and teacher of ceramics for almost 40 years. He suggests parking by the river as space near his studio is limited.

Phil Greed, Mylestom

Phil Greed, Mylestom

Visit www.australianceramicscommunity.com to see the profiles of participating artists around the country.

Entry to all studios is free.

Potters will provide a COVID-Safe space for their open studio visitors.Bookings may be required.Follow the latest event updates at www.facebook.com/TheAustralianCeramicsAssociation and on Instagram @australianceramics.