Saturday 12 October 10am-3pm
Cost $99
Northcote Pottery Supplies
ceramicist Phil Elson creates fine hand thrown porcelain tableware,
large bowls, teapots and installation pieces. His skill with porcelain
and high fired reduction glazes is renowned. In this masterclass Elson
will demonstrate his philosophy and approach to glazing. You will
develop an understanding of glazes that are used in the cone 9-10 firing
range (approx 1280 to 1300 degrees) fired under a reducing atmosphere.
The workshop will explore topics such as; what constitutes a glaze, the
safe handling of glaze materials and the levels of toxicity in glaze
materials. You will also develop an understanding of Brogniart’s
formula, the making of a number of glazes from a single base glaze and
the process of line blending. Elson will also demonstrate the
application of glaze to bisque ware. This masterclass is a unique
opportunity to gain valuable practical skills in glaze development and
application from a leader in the field. Ideally suited for those with
some experience with clay and glaze.
Northcote Pottery Supplies
142-144 Weston Street
Brunswick East
Victoria 3057
(03) 9387 3911

Registration now open for Subversive Clay – 2012 Australian Ceramics Trienniale

The theme for this conference is ‘Subversive Clay’ and over four days it will explore clay as a medium capable of challenging artistic, social and cultural issues through an investigation across past traditions and invigorating new experimentations.

Representing excellence in contemporary clay practice from around the world, the conference will consider how ceramic artists contest traditional approaches to clay as a medium, as an important art form, and thus its role in society.

“On behalf of Craftsouth and the South Australian ceramics community I am pleased to introduce the 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale and invite you to join us in Adelaide from 28th September to 1st October.

This will be the 13th National Ceramics Conference and we are proud to present an exciting program that brings together leading national and international ceramics practitioners, educators, collectors, critics and cultural theorists in celebrating diversity, plus social and cultural approaches to this field.”
Peter Johnson, Chair, Ceramics Triennale Steering Committee

Sophia Phillips (Ceramic Artist) goes on further to say … “’Subversive Clay’ will explore clay as a medium capable of challenging artistic, social and cultural issues through investigating past traditions and invigorating future experimentation.

The field of ceramics has a long history of ducking trends and laying its own path in the world of the visual arts. The physical versatility of clay means it is not a medium easily confined to set definitions or aesthetics. It is that slipperiness, both literal and figurative, which makes clay an excellent vehicle for the subversion of accepted norms, as well as an extraordinarily useful material.

The term ‘subversive clay’ initially leads one to think of the socio-cultural narratives and commentaries explored by many ceramic artists. However there are other quiet ways in which clay and ceramic artists subvert assumptions within and outside the field … sometimes ideas are forgotten or mistaken for one thing, when in fact they are another, or both. The contradictions, confusions and passionate disagreements over ‘The Vessel’, ‘Skill’ and the ‘Is it Art or Craft’ question (to name a few) are part and parcel of the ‘clay-game’ along with unkempt nails and questionable footwear. These points of friction are integral to development, exploration and the expansion of knowledge – and ultimately such discussions are about shaking up assumptions.”
Sophia Phillips 2011

The Speakers and Artists program will be a melting pot of debates and presentations around the important discourses within the ceramics and wider artworld, and a focal point for discussion on how the craft and its variety of practitioners are evolving to meet new challenges. The conference program will consist of keynote speakers followed by chaired panels. Akio Takamori and Masamichi Yoshikawa will lead Masterclasses in the week prior to the conference. There will be demonstrations running throughout the conference weekend at the JamFactory, University of South Australia and Adelaide College of the Arts, TAFE SA. We have over 18 artists doing demonstrations including such names as Prue Venables, Gerry Wedd, Phil Hart, Merran Esson, Ernabella, just to name a few.Find out more on their website and register today!

Ceramic Surfaces workshop with Peter Beard

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September 19-23, 2011

The ANU Ceramics workshop (in Canberra Australia) will host Peter Beard (UK), internationally renowned ceramic artists and author of Resist and Masking Techniques, A&C Black 1996.

Participants will explore surface decoration techniques, from working with soft clays through to glazed surfaces. Experimenting with an unusually wide range of techniques for decorating clay surfaces, covering exciting ways of creating pattern and texture at different stages in the making process, both before and after firing. Participants will leave with a ‘visual library’ of examples of surface decoration techniques.

Cost: $400 (materials included)

September 19-23, 2011 9am – 4pm

For further information and registration please contact: Joanne Searle / 02 6125 5823

2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale – Call for papers and workshops

Adelaide, Australia 28th September – 1st October 2012Call for papers and workshops2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale will provide a platform for discussion, debate and theexchange of ideas amongst local, national and international ceramics practitioners, educators,collectors, critics and cultural theorists.We are now seeking proposals for papers and workshops that explore clay as a subversivemedium capable of challenging artistic, cultural and social norms.Please register your personal interest in the presentation of papers and/or workshops of 1 to 3days duration relevant to the conference theme at of particular interest in the field of studio ceramics include:• Art and craft traditions and their interaction with contemporary practice.• Industrial processes and alternative technologies – challenges and research.• Hybrid or cross disciplinary practices and the development of mixed media.• Indigenous ceramics practice – development, academic, personal and cultural.• Critical writing and documentation.• Exhibition practices, public and private – current trends, funding and collecting.Submissions for papers:A 400 word abstract to be emailed to for workshops:A one page proposal including time frame and budget to be emailed Dates:Abstracts ( for papers and workshops) due: September 30th, 2011 – 5pmNotification of abstract acceptance: October 30th, 2011, by emailFull proposed paper due: February 29th, 2012 – 5pmNotification of accepted papers: March 30th, 2012, by emailFinal paper due: June 30th, 2012 – 5pmSelection of papers: All abstracts and workshop proposals will be reviewed initially by theconference steering committee and then authors will be invited to submit full papers for juriedselection.