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Spotaneous Surfaces Opens at Kerrie Lowe Gallery Newtown Saturday 12th June

Kerrie and Elisabeth invite you to join us for the opening of two exciting exhibitions

1 – 4 pm Saturday 12 June

Social distancing must be observed and all visitors must sign in

Exhibition continues to Saturday 3 July 2021

Artists: Soledad Contardo, John Dermer, Izette Felthun, Peter Howe,
Lia Klugmann, Bruce McWhinney, Narayani Palmer, Julianne Smallwood,
Ri Van Veen, Bridget Willis

Cathy Franzi artists talk at Manly Art Gallery and Museum Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 6 – 7pm

MAG&M Society Ceramics Spotlight Evening Talk Series

In celebration of MAG&M’s unique collection of Australian ceramics, MAG&M Society has invited ceramicists, gallerists and specialists to present a series of illustrated talks, focussing on some of the key artists, ideas and techniques represented in MAG&M’s collection. This special talk series is sure to delight and inspire Members, artists and the community alike. Funds raised from all Society events support MAG&M’s permanent collections.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s ceramics collection reflects the diversity of contemporary ceramics practice in Australia, ranging from vessel forms and functional work to sculptural pieces. The collection of over 400 pieces now represents the work of some 160 artists, revealing the nuances and shifts in studio ceramics over a 60 year period. Since 1986, MAG&M Society has generously donated over 50 of those works, ensuring that this living collection represents significant works by our contemporary artists.

Talk #4 Cathy Franzi

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 6 – 7pm

Cathy Franzi is a ceramic artist based in Canberra and a recent PhD graduate in the Ceramics workshop at the School of Art & Design at the Australian National University. Through her work, Cathy investigates ways in which representations of Australian flora on the ceramic vessel can express current botanical and environmental knowledge. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney and this background informs the scientific approach she brings to her art practice. Cathy is also President of The Australian Ceramics Association.

“The subject of my work stems from doing what I love, that is to be in nature, and plants are my particular fascination. With this attention comes a recognition of environments under threat and species in rapid decline. My work aims to reflect the textural and formal qualities of plants and refer in some way to the connections between them, ecosystems they inhabit, and attributed cultural values.” Cathy researches an environment and its flora primarily through fieldwork, supported by data searches and an engagement with botanical research centres such as the Australian National Herbarium and the National Seedbank. Her studio exploration of material, form, technique and placement embodies this knowledge. Cathy is represented in Sydney by Sabbia Gallery and in Canberra by Beaver Galleries.

MAG&M has a major installation work by Cathy Franzi in its collection.

BOOK NOW

https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/magm-society-ceramics-spotlight-series-4-cathy-franzi

Refreshments will be served.

Artist talk with Christopher James- Manly Art Gallery and Museum Wednesday 19th May-6 to 7pm

MAG&M Society Ceramics Spotlight Evening Talk Series

In celebration of MAG&M’s unique collection of Australian ceramics, MAG&M Society has invited ceramicists, gallerists and specialists to present a series of illustrated talks, focussing on some of the key artists, ideas and techniques represented in MAG&M’s collection. This special talk series is sure to delight and inspire Members, artists and the community alike. Funds raised from all Society events support MAG&M’s permanent collections.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s ceramics collection reflects the diversity of contemporary ceramics practice in Australia, ranging from vessel forms and functional work to sculptural pieces. The collection of over 400 pieces now represents the work of some 160 artists, revealing the nuances and shifts in studio ceramics over a 60 year period. Since 1986, MAG&M Society has generously donated over 50 of those works, ensuring that this living collection represents significant works by our contemporary artists.

Talk #3 Christopher James

Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 6 – 7pm

Chris James, ceramicist and Teacher in charge at Northern Beaches Ceramics Brookvale TAFE NSW, sees himself as a designer maker who experiments, explores and ‘adventures’ with the clay medium. He has been a professional potter since 1986 and a full time teacher at Northern Beaches TAFE since 2004. He is excited by the idea that we can accelerate the processes of nature through the ceramic process. “I like to think of the firing process as a compression of time, and we create crystals, rocks and glazes in hours rather than millions of years.” His work is generally thrown or cast, always combining the making process with a technical challenge such as clay or glaze formulation.  MAG&M has two pieces by Chris James in its collection. Chris will also talk about two works from MAG&M’s collection which inspire him.

BOOK NOW https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/magm-society-ceramics-spotlight-series-3-christopher-james

Desire to Inspire- Opens May 20 at the New ‘Crackpots Gallery’ Freshwater.

Crackpots opening exhibition showcases the work of Ceramics staff from Northern Beaches TAFE Ceramics Dept Brookvale NSW.

Bookings via ‘Humantix’ link below are essential (due to COVID regulations).


https://events.humanitix.com/desire-to-inspire-exhibition

Crackpots opening hours here https://www.crackpot.com.au/contact-5

Raw Clay Lab at Eramboo artists environment Terry Hills

Come down to earth: 

RAW clay LAB Open Weekend 

12-13 June, 10-4, Eramboo.

Join in a celebration of this natural landscape material with RAW clay LAB.  Come down to earth, create, and see clay presented in dynamic new ways by 7 artists. There will be hands on artworks for you to make, wild clay processing demonstrations, a ceramic art exhibition and site responsive works to explore in the beautiful bushland of Eramboo Artist Environment at Terrey Hills. 

Over the past few months RAW clay LAB artists Helen Earl, Christina Frank, Kath Fries, Mike Hall, Michelle Perrett,  Jayanto Tan and Suzanne Davey have been collaborating creatively, exchanging ceramic knowledge, experimenting with unfired clay, hybrid ceramics and researching to present new experimental ceramic works in the Eramboo Gallery and grounds. 

By connecting with clay the artists aim to develop a deeper respect for our ecology and natural histories. The project focuses on showcasing clay as an environmentally sustainable approach to art making.  It recognises that clay has always been part of the human story, an unseen force in our connections with one another and the landscapes we live in.

“When I dig up and process my own local clay, I am very conscious that it is earth – I am literally taking from and using the earth for creative expression. For me, collecting and processing local clay and making useful pots is a very practical and physical connection to place, like gathering food from the wild.” Mike Hall, Scotland Island @mikefhall. (Pattie Bereens, p 110, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol 60, April 2021.)

RAW clay LAB looks forward to celebrating clay and creativity with you 

Saturday 12 June – Sunday 13 June, 10-4 

at Eramboo Artist Environment, 304 McCarrs Creek Road Terrey Hills

Book free RAW clay LAB Open weekend tickets on Eventbrite: https://raw-clay-lab-open-weekend.eventbrite.com.au/

Follow RAW clay LAB and its creative experiments on Instagram | @_raw_clay_

A Fresh Perspective Opens at Kerrie Lowe Gallery Friday 7 May 10 am to 4 pm

Elisabeth and Kerrie invite you to join us in the Gallery

for our annual Graduate Exhibition.
Friday 7 – Saturday 29 May 2021

10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday or by appointment.

There will be no opening event but we can have thirty visitors at any one time subject to social distancing. Visitors must sign in on arrival. Feel free to visit us during the course of the show.

Don’t Miss- MAG&M Society Ceramics Spotlight Evening Talk Series – THIS WEDNESDAY 14th April- by LISA CAHILL

MAG&M Society Ceramics Spotlight Evening Talk Series

In celebration of MAG&M’s unique collection of Australian ceramics, MAG&M Society has invited ceramicists, gallerists and specialists to present a series of illustrated talks, focussing on some of the key artists, ideas and techniques represented in MAG&M’s collection. This special talk series is sure to delight and inspire Members, artists and the community alike. Funds raised from all Society events support MAG&M’s permanent collections.

Manly Art Gallery & Museum’s ceramics collection reflects the diversity of contemporary ceramics practice in Australia, ranging from vessel forms and functional work to sculptural pieces. The collection of over 400 pieces now represents the work of some 160 artists, revealing the nuances and shifts in studio ceramics over a 60 year period. Since 1986, MAG&M Society has generously donated over 50 of those works, ensuring that this living collection represents significant works by our contemporary artists.

Talk #2 Lisa Cahill

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 6 – 7pm

Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre talks about this leading centre for contemporary craft and design which plays a critical role in building a significant design culture in Australia and by nurturing a nation of innovative makers and thinkers and inspiring audiences to use design in their lives. Her talk will focus on her connections with contemporary ceramicists through their exhibitions, design shop and programs. Lisa will also talk about two works from MAG&M’s collection which inspire her.

BOOK NOWhttps://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on/magm-society-ceramics-spotlight-series-2-lisa-cahill

Wheel Forming- 4 day Autumn School with Peter Dwyer- 12 to 15 of April-2021

Immerse yourself in this four-day Autumn School Master Series workshop. Join teacher Peter Dwyer for this hands-on throwing workshop. This introductory wheel-throwing course will utilise foundation skills and techniques to assist the pottery novice begin their journey at the pottery wheel. More advanced throwers are invited to enrol and they will be encouraged to include these existing skills in their demonstration of more advanced shape creation.

Course content will cover: Clay preparation, centering a lump of wedged clay followed by opening up, pulling up and refinement of the clay shape on the pottery wheel. Discussions of personal design preference will be encouraged. These conversations will assist students relay their design intentions and include particular aesthetic and finishing techniques into their pieces.

Stoneware clay will be used for all throwing pieces. All work created /thrown, will need to be turned and trimmed the following day before additional pieces are thrown. This valuable refinement stage often transforms work into very professional looking pieces. Additional decorating slips and surface mark-making will also add valuable interest at this stage before works are dried for the first firing/ bisque.

Students will need their own throwing and turning tools. All clay can be purchased from the Northern Beaches TAFE Ceramics department.

Dates- Mon 12th to Thursday 15th of April-2021

Times- 9.30am to 4.30pm

Location- Northern Beaches Ceramics Dept- C Block 154 Old Pittwater Rd Brookvale

Teacher- Peter Dwyer

Cost- $480

Enrolment link- HERE

Contact-Chris James for further information

‘Colour and Design in Ceramics’ with Nina Matthewson commences Tuesday 19th Jan 2021- We have a few places available for this course. Jan 19 to 22.

TAFE STATEMENT IN CERAMICS PLUS – MASTER SERIES

  • TAFE NSW code: 800-000196-21NBC-002

Location – Northern Beaches

Immerse yourself in this four day Summer School Master Series Workshop learning about colour and design development techniques. Join Nina Matthewson as she teaches the art of mixing colour palettes and how to create semi abstract and abstract designs using a variety of design techniques. Your colour palette and designs will then be applied to clay forms using a range of application techniques. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate level.

Dates – Jan 19 to 22

Times -9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Location – Northern Beaches TAFE Ceramics Dept. 154 old Pittwater Rd Brookvale 2100

Room CG.24

Cost $480.00 Places in this course are secured with full payment.

Enrolment- HERE

Nina’s course outline and what to bring-

Project1. Discover the art of mixing colour 2. Mono-printing on clay 3. Vessels or objects made from clay slabs
Clay  Keanes MF 33 or White Raku
Production techniqueHand-forming using soft slabs – using the slab roller or by hand. Making a variety of soft slab constructions.
Surface treatmentMonoprinting technique using slips and underglazes applied on leather hard clay surface with added sgraffito.  
HistoryResearch the art of monoprinting, collect colour images that represent palettes you develop.
Firing techniquesBisque Mid fire 1220 Oxidation
Colour and designPainting in your visual diary we will cover Hue, chroma and tone Monochromatic, Related, Complementary and Tertiary Palettes. A variety of design techniques
EquipmentVisual diary, two small square brushes, white palette or plate, water container, pen, rubber, ruler, pencil, sharp knife, apron, towel, gladwrap, small sponge, plastic bags and any ceramic tools you have. We will stop for lunch and morning tea so bring food and cup. Enclosed shoes are compulsory  

If you need tools we have starter tool kits available for $15 and you will need to purchase clay $20 a bag, please bring cash if you don’t have a clay account with us. Your teacher will provide acrylic paints, spare brushes, cartridge paper and a fun happy atmosphere for you to learn in.

Ceramic Foundation Intermediate Mondays Is now open for enrolment at Northern Beaches Ceramics

TAFE STATEMENT IN CERAMICS FOUNDATION – INTERMEDIATE SKILLS/TECHNIQUES

  • TAFE NSW code: 800-000185-21NBC-101

Location – Northern Beaches

The Ceramics Foundation Intermediate course is suitable for students with prior ceramic experience. During Term 1 the class will focus on Coil building construction and Naked Raku surface treatment techniques. Learn the foundations of ceramic studio art practice in a supportive and professional environment. Students enrol in this course to build upon existing Hand forming, kiln packing and firing skills. Students will refine technical and conceptual skills through a process of experimentation and practice. Teachers will demonstrate a wide range of specific techniques and processes.

Monday Teacher -Nina Matthewson

The Ceramic Foundation Intermediate Monday runs from 9am to 4pm for 8 weeks

First class commences Feb 1st 2021

Enrolment Link –HERE