June 2006 – July 2006 Presidents by fjwuxn

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									                                The Executive Committee of CAAWA meets on the first Thursday of every
                                month to discuss and plan upcoming events and exhibitions. All members
                                welcome to attend.
www.ceramicartswa.asn.au                                                    June 2006 – July 2006

Postal Address:                 Presidents report:
c/o 9 Hartington Way
Carine WA 6020                  Welcome to the mid year copy of Pyre. The annual selective show
                                is only weeks away and we look like having a record number of
Executive Committee:            entries. To preserve the integrity of the show the selectors may
                                have to limit numbers to less than 3 for each entrant-we will have
President:                      to see how the work fits the space. I would like to take this
Stewart Scambler: 9339 3836
bohemian.ceramics@bigpond.com   opportunity to thank entrants for their support and enthusiasm.
                                Invitations are available from me and several will be given to each
Vice President:                 participant on delivery day.
Gill Treichel: 9243 0263
g.treichel@ecu.edu.au           From the minutes—The committee has floated the idea that each
                                copy of pyre has a synopsis of the committee minutes. The list of
Treasurer:                      discussed items included,student assistance to the conference,
Dianne Sigel: 9447 9179
diannesigel@hotmail.com         membership categories, Andrea’s secondment as guest editor for
                                The Journal of Australian Ceramics (congratulations), the
Secretary:                      selective and Kalgoorlie shows, along with the regular admin
Christian Hansen: 9572 1586
standish-hansen@iinet.net.au    details such as treasurers report etc. I will do a more detailed
                                version for the news letter after the AGM .
Membership secretary:           The AGM is coming—Thursday 24 August at ECU—Nomination
Britta Stolle Jacob             forms are in this issue. Step forward and nominate; your
                                organisation needs you.
PYRE editor:
Andrea Vinkovic                 See you at the Annual Selective show
                                Cheers stewart
Alyson Brown

Greg Crowe

Cher Shackleton

Myra Staffa

Ann Storey

                                         CAAWA BUZZ

                               Sadly it is time for me to say goodbye. After losing my dear and
                               very supportive husband Manfred in 2004, I have decided to
                               return to the UK to be with my sons. I have had eleven happy
                               years in Australia developing my work in bone china, gaining Ist
                               class BFA Hons at the University of Tasmania and awarded a
                               Scholarship from Monash University to do research for my MA. I
                               have also gained International recognition through exhibiting at
                               SOFA, COLLECT and Salone Satellite Milan and received
                               Honourable Mentions in Ceramic Competitions in Japan and
                               Korea. I also feel very proud to have recently been elected a
                               member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva.

                                 I am about to undertake a new and exciting challenge in Ely, just
                                 outside Cambridge, where I am going to take over the Ronald
                                 Pile Gallery see www.ronaldpilegallery.co.uk and set up my studio
there. In 2007 I hope to host an Australian Porcelain exhibition and Designer Crafts exhibition
from Australia. I will be most happy to see my Australian friends and colleagues visiting the UK
and I wish to thank everyone for the warmth, hospitality and support I have received whilst living
in this wonderful inspirational country, especially WA.
Angela Mellor

A Farewll to Angela Mellor from Sandra Black.

It is with some sadness that we are to soon say good bye to our dear friend and colleague Angela
Mellor. After over a decade of living and working in Australia and Indonesia Angela has decided to
return to the UK to be closer to her family. I met Angela very early on after her arrival here in WA
when she and her late husband Manfred Dinse called on me to start connecting up with the local
ceramic scene. Angela took to the Aussie lifestyle with great passion and we soon became close
friends, discovering a mutual enthusiasm for porcelain and bone china. I worked with Angela,
helping her to make her first Aussie bone china and also to show her some basic mould making
techniques. Angela and Manfred also enthusiastically collected the works of a number of local
ceramic artists including my own and were to be seen frequently at gallery openings around Perth.

Given the loving support of her husband Angela was able to take the time to explore new pathways
in her work. This led her to start a course of study at the University of Tasmania, Hobart in 1997
with Penny Smith where she completed a BA with 1st class honours. I had the pleasure of being in
Tasmania for a period of some 6 weeks during Angela’s studies and saw the meticulous way she
worked and the demands she placed on herself to do the very best she could. After Tasmania Angela
shifted to Melbourne to complete her Masters at Monash University, Caulfield in 1998 -2000. Again
Angela and I managed some quality time together visiting galleries and various potters in
Melbourne and surrounds. I was able also to see her working innovatively with both cast glass and
bone china combinations in her studio at Monash University.

These years of study gave a great boost to her practice and set her onto new directions in her work.
She has become a very fine exponent of the use of paper bone china and wash back techniques
achieving international recognition for her work. It is not just her work that I wish to acknowledge

but the wonderful friendships Angela has created through her personal warmth and willingness to
contribute to the local ceramic scene. She has willing shared her expertise, contributed to
workshops and served on the committee of CAAWA. She has also been a mentor to Clayfeet and to
other emerging young ceramic artists.

Sadly in 2004 Angela’s husband Manfred lost his battle with cancer. It has been for this reason that
Angela has decided to return to the UK to be closer to her own children. With the good fortune she
deserves Angela has managed to secure herself a gallery and accommodation in the village of Ely
just out of Cambridge where she plans to make and sell her work and also to exhibit Australian
craft artists. Angela will be greatly missed not only by me but by the many friends she has made
here in Australia. With that in mind we wish to invite you to be part of the farewell get together at
Angela’s home on Sunday July 2nd from 12pm onwards. There is one compensation in Angela’s
departure in that we will be able to visit and work on international exchange projects together so
the future looks exciting with all the possibilities and opportunities we can create. Angela, thank you
again for your love, friendship and all that you done for the ceramic community here in WA. You
will be missed but not soon forgotten.

                               A Farewell Party for Angela Mellor at her home
                                            8 Woodall Ramble

                                     Time 12 noon Sunday 2nd July
                  Everyone welcome! …your last chance to buy an Angela Mellor work direct
                                  Please bring a plate and /or a bottle.

C/o 9 Hartington Way Carine 6020 WA www.ceramicartswa.asn.au
Call for nominations to the executive committee to be elected at the annual general meeting
Date Thursday 24 August 2006
Time 7.30 pm
Place Ceramics room Edith Cowan University –Mount Lawley
All Welcome
Nominations are requested for President, Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, and
eight committee members.

Nomination Form
Being a financial member of the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (Inc)
I…………………………….wish to nominate……………………………………
For ………………………….(office bearer/committee member)at the 2006 annual general meeting.

I……………………………………….agree to accept this nomination

Journal of Australian Ceramic – focus on WA

I am very excited to tell you that November edition of Journal of Australian Ceramic will have
focus on WA. The editor, Vicki Grima has asked me to help with collecting the articles and I’m
delighted to be involved. As you know, I was planning a magazine issue of PYRE in October this
year… but this is bigger and better… and a fantastic learning opportunity before I embark on a
solo flight. So Pyre magazine has been postponed, but we have the opportunity to be seen and
heard on a national level instead.
Please help me make this edition of Journal as exciting, informative and interesting as possible.
Submit articles on your practice, your groups, exhibitions, technical experiments, or just
suggestions of topics and information on what is happening across the state so that I can follow
it up. All your comments are welcome, so please drop me a line. Don’t wait for the last minute as
I’m expecting that quite a few ceramicists will be interested in having articles published. My
contact details are in the editorial notes at the end of PYRE.
Andrea Vinkovic


                                South of the River Potters Club Inc.

                                From June 7th to the 18th we will be displaying our Raku in
                                conjunction with an exhibition of collage at ATWELL GALLERY,
                                586 CANNING HIGHWAY (cnr. Canning Highway and North Lake
                                Road) ALFRED COVE.

                                Opening Hours for the above exhibition are
                                      Wed to Fri. 10.am – 4 pm
                                       Sat and Sun 1 pm – 4 pm.

                                                           ARTISTS IN ARMS
                                                          Inaugural exhibition
                                                          Open daily 12.00-5.00pm
                                                          4th June – 11th June
                                                          Venue: corner of Walcott St $ Raglan Rd,
                                                          Mt Lawley
                                                          The diverse styles of over 50 established visual

                                Omega Art Alpha - a tribute to the inner sun
           Shane Stagg selected works include printmaking, acrylic on canvas, works on paper & ceramics

                          on show at Heathcote Museum & Gallery until Sunday 9 July
                                        Heathcote Cultural Centre
                                   Duncraig Rd APPLECROSS WA 6153
                                    PH 9364 5666 Tues - Fri 10am - 3pm

                 PACKAGING AND FREIGHT FOR CERAMICS – part one
   Article by Sandra Black

     Some hints for getting your work to market safely.
Every year numbers of ceramic works fail to turn up at the gallery on time, disappear completely or are
broken in transit. This is often due to the artist not packaging correctly, poor labelling or careless freight
companies. Getting your work to its point of sale or exhibition is a vital part of the art of survival. When goods
arrive in a damaged state it is not only you who is at a disadvantage but also the shop or gallery is without
work at a critical time. Making an insurance claim can also absorb time and effort better expended
For artists learning to send their work beyond their studio for the first time it can seem a little daunting. Again
it is always better to consult with fellow artists to get some help with the appropriate materials to protect your

work. Each type of ceramic work needs to be assessed as to its strengths and weaknesses to ascertain the
best method of protecting the work in transit. There are a number of processes to go through as follows.
   • Identify the weak points of the works where extra padding may need to be placed to protect
       projections such as handles, extrusions spouts etc.
   • Check the weight of each object as to placement in the box. Always place the heavier items in the
       base of the box not on top of fragile works.
   • Photograph, label and number the base of each object before packing.
   • Select the correct size and type of box for each work or group of works.
   • Have a selection of packaging materials for protecting the surface and to provide padding.

Sources of Packaging Materials
Tissue, shredded paper, news paper
Tissue paper is available from a number of companies including my supplier Vital Packaging in Myaree. Buy
in bulk sheets. Shredded paper can be obtained from many local businesses wanting to get rid of this. The
best means of obtaining this is to purchase a shredder for your own office. You will be amazed how much
junk mail and other stuff that comes through your letter box that can be shredded each week. It’s immensely
satisfying and environmentally sound! Lots of newspaper arrives also in our letter boxes each week so this
can also be utilised around work.
Card board boxes may be scrounged from many businesses but avoid fruit and vegetable boxes as
quarantine will confiscate these boxes if sent overseas or interstate delaying delivery of your work. Some
boxes may be a bit thin but can be used for packing into larger boxes as extra protection. There are
companies such as Visy board where you can order new boxes but you will need to make a significant order.
Better still you can look for box recycling companies and find the sizes and strengths you need. Australia
Post also has a range of boxes which can be used to send small items as long as they are well padded. Rolls
of corrugated card board may also be useful around some objects to protect forms.
If you are looking to send a large shipment of boxes over seas you can purchase a half cubic metre or a
cubic metre box on a wooden pallet from Visy board. The product is called a Sampal box and is excellent to
stack smaller boxes within.
Other boxes to use are polystyrene boxes which are great for smaller works. You can get these recycled
from fruit and vegetable suppliers or restaurants. Unlike card board boxes these can be washed and
disinfected. Shops will often sell them for $2.00 each. Packaging suppliers charge around $7.00 new.
Polystyrene and polyurethane products
Check under yellow pages “Polystyrene Products” and “Polyurethane products”. Also look under the listing
“Plastic Products –manufacturers and/or wholesalers”. For sheets of foam rubber “Clark rubber stores are
great for foam in many thicknesses plus off cuts and wadding. Thin foam blankets and yoga mats are
available quite cheaply and can be cut up to wrap around fragile objects or pad between works. Polystyrene
beads are not a favourite packing product of mine as they tend to drift around the studio, but if you do end up
with some put them into plastic shopping bags and use as cushions to pack around work. There is a product
now made from starch which looks very like poly styrene but is biodegradable and can be disposed of in your
garden as compost. Avoid getting it wet as it will dissolve in water.
Bubble plastic
This is an excellent packing material and if used carefully can be recycled many times. You can get both the
fine and large bubble varieties. I use the fine bubble to wrap around work and the large to line boxes and put
between layers. You can again buy it in a large roll or by the metre from packaging suppliers. Office works
and Australia post sell smaller widths and rolls around 10-15 metres in length.
Packaging Tapes, Rubber Bands and Labels
You need a range of tapes from the clear tape to go over labels, strong packaging tape to seal the box and
fragile tape to warn people handling your boxes. You may also find duct tape useful though it is expensive.
Many artists use tape to secure tissue and bubble around forms. As an alternative consider using rubber
bands. Rubber bands can be purchased in a variety of sizes from Office works and have the advantage of
not damaging the packaging allowing it to be reused more often. It is also quicker to pack and unpack. Bands
may not be suitable for more fragile items so use carefully.
Label packs can be purchased from Office works for you to print out the senders and receivers labels or to
hand write on.

Packaging should not be a huge financial outlay if you are prepared to recycle and reuse what is available
free or sold cheaply. Do not however skimp on packaging. It is your best insurance.
General Recommendations
With the digital photography processes we have today it is quick and easy to photograph our work before
sending it away. This documentation is extremely useful for a number of reasons. If work is lost or stolen in
transit or from the exhibition we have a record for insurance purposes. The images can also be used to
promote your work on the gallery website or in art journals, books or newspapers. It also serves to show how
multi piece articles are to be displayed.
Work must be labelled on the base with a number and price. Objects with two or more parts should also be
labelled individually eg 2a, 2b, 2c etc.
Your box should have a large label for the destination of work, a smaller senders label, a contents label ,
fragile labels ,box number label eg box 2 of 5 and sometimes a this way up label, top load label or
instructions for where to open the box. If you still have room leave space to attach your invoice envelope, the
couriers freight label and customs declaration form for overseas destinations!!!
Your labelling is critical to the safe arrival of your work. Also place extra labels inside your box in case of
damage to the external label. Labels should be protected by waterproof printing ink and covered by clear
tape or contact plastic.

Packaging your work
When packaging you need 2-3 different layers of packaging around your work. The first layers should be a
white tissue to protect the surface. Fill the interior of your pots if possible with softly crumpled tissue. Avoid
coloured tissue as many of these are not colourfast and if your work gets damp it can stain the surface. Pad
any protrusions by wrapping in layers of tissue followed by thin foam blanket and fine bubble wrap. After
protrusions are wrapped cover the work with 4-5 layers of tissue, a layer of yellow foam blanket or white
foam blanket and then bubble wrap. Secure the wrapping with tape or better still use rubber bands. Rubber
bands mean that bubble wrap is more easily reused as tape will damage it.NB: With more fragile or multi
piece articles place a note in your box for the gallery to instruct them how to unpack, display and
repack your work.
Line the base of the box with padding of large bubble wrap, soft foam at least 2cms thick, poly styrene beads
in bags or crumpled news paper to create a buffer zone of at least 4-5 cms deep. Place the wrapped pot on
this and pad the sides of the box as well. Place some padding between pieces laid side to side as well as
placing a good layer of padding on the final layer before closing the lid. My experience has been that a
slightly loose pack of articles works best. If you jam pack to create a rigid mass the shock from the box being
dropped will travel through more easily and create breakages. Do not assume that freight companies will
handle the work with care. If your works are particularly fragile you may consider floating your first box
inside a larger padded box. Seal your boxes well paying particular attention to taping up the base of a card
board boxes and reinforcing the corners. Label and despatch.

                                ARTS COMPETITIONS & FESTIVALS

   25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award
   www: http://www.gcac.com.au/
   Closes: 30 June 2006
   Email: baxter@gcac.com.au
   The Gold Coast City Art Gallery are now calling for expression of interest for inclusion in the prestigous
   25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award. This year's award will be judged by Noel Frankham,
   Professor of Art and Head of School, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania.

City of Melville Sculpture / 3DAward 15 August – 17 September '06
Entries close: 28 July '06
Venue: Swan House, Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Duncraig Road, Applecross WA 6153
City of Melville Cultural Development Officer Arts Locked Bag 1, Booragoon WA 6954 Tel: 9364 0667
E-mail: lord@melville.wa.gov.au
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Closes: 11 August 2006
Email: jo.jansyn@woollahra.nsw.gov.au
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is a national award for an original, freestanding, small sculpture of
up to 80cm in any direction

4th World Ceramic Biennale, Korea (CEBIKO)
When: 28.04.2007 - 17.06.2007
Closing date: 6 October 2006 - Preliminary Screening
Ceramics for Use and ceramics as Expression is the theme for this award. Each individual may make up
to 3 entries..
Prizes from about US$1000 to US$55,000 will be awarded to the winners

For further details Websites: www.worldceramic.or.k; www.wocef.com or email to:

The Cup & Saucer Exhibition at the 'Where I Fell in Love Gallery, Warwickshire UK'
When: 14 July- 31July 2007
Closing date: 14 June 2007 yes, this is NEXT year

Bruno & Fiona would like to invite all the potters & ceramists around the world to send us 1 cup and
saucer to organise the (biggest ever?) exhibition in the world.

Conditions: Open to all potters and ceramicists all around the World. The cup and saucer have to be
hand-made by you from clay (not mass produced) The piece does not have to be functional. We need
your name, address including country, telephone no. and email. An artist statement in not more than 30
words in English. Artist Price in £ sterling. Unsigned or unstamped pieces must come with a certificate of

Prizes up to £500 will be awarded to the best 3 cups and saucers in the show

For further details :
The Shambles, Market Place, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AG. Tel: +44 (0) 1608 663809
Website: www.whereifellinlovegallery.com
The York Society Art & Craft Awards will be held October 14-22.2006
Entry forms are available:http://www.yorksoc.org.au/artcraft.htm

Awards will be made to the best entries in any Category which depict this theme.
One Award ($1,000) will be made to an entry in the Art Section
and One Award ($1,000) will be made to an entry in the Craft Section, In addition of $500.00 Awards in
all categories
entries close:5 pm. Monday, September 18th, 2006


     Whiteman Park Pottery                             CERAMIC STUDY GROUP
      Forthcoming Exhibitions                                 of W.A.
   Whiteman Park Pottery is located within
       “The Village” at Whiteman Park.                    Ceramic Studio 3. Bldg 16.140
Free Entry to Whiteman Park and The Pottery.
                                                             Edith Cowan University
   Entry Roads to Whiteman Park are from
  Beechboro Road or Lord Street, Whiteman.                          Mt Lawley

         11th June – 10th August

        “East Meets West”

 Exhibition in Pottery & Glass Displaying the
        Contrasts Between Western &
                Eastern Styles

      13th August – 7th September

        “Creature Feature”                                      Thursday 13th July
Exhibition of Hand-crafted Ceramic Animals,
   Including Wall plaques, Windchimes &                Guest Speaker: Colin Hansen
                 Sculptures                              from Jacksons Ceramics
    Suitable for House, Patio & Garden.                    Promotional Talk - New Products

                                                              Thursday 10th August
In addition to the above Exhibitions, there are       Show & Tell + Casserole Night
 many other items for sale such as Kitchen &              Bring a few favourite pots from your
   Table Ware, Gift Lines, Large Decorative           collection. Bring casserole or soup to share
 Work, Ceramic Animals (large & small), Wind                         (if you’re able).
      Chimes, Raku & Sculptural Pieces.
     Open every day 10.00 am – 4.00 pm                    $3 entry covers raffle & refreshments.
                   9249 4380
                                                             Enquiries to Pauline 9459 8140.

                          PERTH STUDIO POTTERS PRESENTS:

  PAPER PLASTER,SLIP CASTER               This is an introduction to simple one piece drop-out
                                          mould making using both traditional plaster techniques
 Workshop with renowned ceramicist
                                          and paper plaster.
        SANDRA BLACK                      Participants will need just a minimum skill base.

                                          Week 1
                                          Mould Making
                                          Week 2
                                          Casting and decoration

                                          WHERE: Perth Studio Potters, Burt Street,
                                          WHEN: 19 & 26 August 2006
                                          COST: $85.00 members, $95 non-members
                                          BOOKINGS: Elaine 9339 5639
                                          Email: henrys@iinet.net.au

     A PASSION FOR GLAZES                 The workshop will cover:
 Workshop with the master craftsman       Day 1:
            GREG DALY                     Introduction to the development of colour in glazes.
                                          Participants to mix a colour blend based on base
                                          glazes provided.
                                          Day 2:
                                          Simple ways of developing base glazes. The control of
                                          fluxes over colour. Firing of glazes, choosing glazes for
                                          Day 3:
                                          Examination of fired glaze tests, techniques of glaze
                                          application, development of surface effects.

                                          WHERE: Perth Studio Potters, Burt Street,
                                          WHEN: 21 – 23 October 2006 10 - 4 pm
                                          COST: $200.00 members, $210 non-members
                                          Elaine 9339 5639 e: henrys@iinet.net.au
                                          Caroline 9574 6141 e: carolach@bigpond.com
Kindly supported by Jackson’s ceramics

October 26 - 28 2006 - 7th World Art Educators Workshop in Mashiko Japan
Glass Meets Clay - Led by Daniel Harris Rosen and Edison Osorio Zapata a unique workshop
for Art Educators, Potters and Glass Artists at Furuki Workshops, Mashiko Pottery Town, Japan.
Email: Steve Tootell for more information: tootell@gol.com.

A hands on three day workshop with a host of special guest potters. supported by Euan Craig,
Masakazu Kusakabe, Tama Art University and others. Working from the very basic to the very
advanced level.

                                  PAKISTAN PAPERCLAY PRACTICE
Graham Hay was recently invited to spend a month in the Ceramic Design Studio at Pakistan’s peak
National College of Arts (NCA), in Lahore.

                                                    Like many others I had media-fuelled concerns about
                                                    fundamentalist Islamic countries like Pakistan. This was
                                                    compounded by warnings by the federal Department of
                                                    Foreign Affairs not to go there, or delay plans to travels to
                                                    Pakistan. However these concerns and warnings were
                                                    outweighed by curiosity, the opportunity of having
                                                    concentrated studio time and learning about another country’s
                                                    ceramic culture, and reassurance comments from NCA staff,
                                                    current and past Artists in Residents. Pakistan’s geographic
                                                    location between booming China and India also offered a close
                                                    up look at this region. So with the paradoxical assistance of a
                                                    WA government grant, I flew into Lahore on 13 March.

                                                        I had spent 3 months backpacking in India many years ago,
                                                        and anticipated a similar experience. How wrong could I be:
                                                        As a backpacker I had walked through, ate and stayed in the
                                                        cheaper/noisier side of town and went to all the travel book
tourist attractions. In contrast, in Pakistan, I stayed in a modern NCA apartment building, was driven everywhere,
shopped at non-tourist supermarkets, ate at good restaurants and worked within the sheltered and atypical art
school. In the end I visited no museum, no commercial art gallery no historical mosque.

Photo: Students with their work

Rather, my engagement with Pakistan was with the living arts, with the future leaders of the Pakistani ceramic and
art community. Because of intense national competition for student places at NCA, the ceramic students were from
predominately educated, affluent and travelled backgrounds. Some had already started or completed degrees
elsewhere. Those without these backgrounds came from families with traditions in tile, functional pottery or more
recently, ceramic restoration. Many of the staff were NCA graduates, with postgraduate studies in the east and the
west (including Australia). The result was that I was lucky to work with the brightest and most creative people in
Pakistan ceramics.

The same factors that determine an individual’s success in the arts: talent, aptitude and resources; also determine
the health and future of any art form.

Because the NCA was the oldest (over 120 years) and peak art school in Pakistan, then it lobbies for, and can
justify substantial government and multinational company support. For example the Pakistan federal and local
governments are providing resources and facilities for the NCA to establish new campuses at Islamabad and
Karachi. Similarly, 3M recently provided 300 Windows XP computers for the graphic design, architecture, and film
and television departments at NCA. This support is not surprising given that graduates from this art education
institution dominate the blooming television industry, architecture profession, musical and stage theatre, visual
culture, and consequently the hearts and mind of an adult population that is 44 percent illiterate.

This institute has always taught both historical and contemporary Eastern and Western art history, theory and studio
techniques. Students go on annual field research trips to villages with long ceramic and craft traditions, while
visiting artists from the USA, Japan and Europe; were designing the theatre arts curriculum, had heading up the film
and television department, and provided examples of cutting edge performance art practice.

The ceramics department is currently in an upward part of the cycle that every organisation goes through over time.
Ass Prof. Shazia Mirza, the relatively new Head of Ceramic Design Department, is outward looking and
experimental in her teaching and private practice, recently exhibited and talking at a seminar in France.

                                                                              Consequently I encourage the department to
                                                                              experiment with not only adding paper to their clay
                                                                              bodies, but also plant material, foam, cloth, plus
                                                                              processed and unprocessed food. I also fostered a
                                                                              disruption of the traditional linear process of making,
                                                                              drying, bisque, glaze and fire, by encouraging them
                                                                              to substitute glue instead of fire to bind the clay, and
                                                                              introducing techniques of combining fired, dry, soft
                                                                              and liquid paperclay. The concluding formal
                                                                              exhibition featured fired and deliberately unfired
                                                                              paperclay works          I believe that fostering an
                                                                              experimental attitude is appropriate in Pakistan, as
                                                                              cheap Chinese imports have flooded the country,
                                                                              even more so than in Australia.

                                                                              A student told me about a traditional village
                                                                              technique of adding fine plant seed fibre to clay prior
                                                                              to compressing the clay form by beating and
Photo: Some of the staff and students at NCA                                  burnishing. Time constraints prevented me from
                                                                              investigating this first hand.

I also ran out of time to research and develop a cotton fibre based paperclay. However I did interest a few people in
the idea that since Pakistan is a major producer, processor and exporter of cotton, it may have a comparative
advantage in the production of a “cottonclay”. (Already Ireland has developed and produces a flax paperclay, by
building on its flax-based linen industry.)

 After the exhibition opened I travelled with NCA staff to Islamabad (which is a planned city like Canberra) and into
the mountainous areas, near the earthquake affected areas.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my month in Pakistan and recommend it to others as an invigorating and inspiring

For more pictures and information see http://www.ceramicstoday.com/articles/hay_in_pakistan.htm and a copy of the colour catalogue is
available on request. Read about previous Artist in Resident from Australia, Peter Wilson in Pottery in Australia 3/1999). For more on paperclay:
www.grahamhay.com.au/paperclay.html and the NCA see www.nca.edu.pk.
                     OPPORTUNITIES- grants and residencies

Mentorship funding

The Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council has provided FORM with funding to deliver a $10,000
mentorship program for an emerging artist or designer working in three dimensional media. The
successful applicant will spend three months full-time, or equivalent, working with an established
practitioner of their choice in Western Australia.

Expressions of interest are sought from emerging artists and designers, defined as professional
practicing artists and designers who are in the early stages of their career.


Addres all queries to Kris Brankovic, Industry Development Manager, FORM, on 08 9226 2799 or

Realise Your Dream Award 2006
www: http://www.realiseyourdream.org.au/
Closes: 16 June 2006
Location: International
The British Council Australia are offering six Australians in the creative industries or the visual arts (aged
19-26) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with British leaders in their respective fields.

Ashfield Artist-in-residence
www: http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/community_services/artist_in_residence.htm
Closes: 30 June 2006
Location: National
Email: anthiah@ashfield.nsw.gov.au
Expressions of interest are invited from performing, visual and literary artists in regional and remote areas
to undertake a residency at Thirning Villa in Pratten Park, Ashfield during the period October 2006 to
October 2007. Residency applications can be for three to six months. The focus of the residency program
is on Community Cultural Development.


Closing Dates: 7 July
www: http://www.artswa.wa.gov.au/ArtsWAGrants.asp

NEW CONCEPT - This category is for the exploration of new ideas and the creation of new work.
NEW TREATMENTS - for applicants who wish to offer a fresh interpretation of existing material for
today’s audience.
DISTRIBUTION - to facilitate the distribution of an existing Western Australian arts activity, event or
product to new audiences (Touring is not funded)
SHORT TERM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - . Host organisations can apply to ArtsWA for artist fees and
travel costs associated with having an artist in residence for a minimum period of two weeks and a
maximum period of six weeks’ full-time equivalent*.
ANNUAL OR MULTI-YEAR PROGRAM - for arts organizations worthy of long-term support
CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIPS - Proposals must be for activities that take established
artists in new direction(s). Such activities can be pure research and development, however they must be
linked to clearly defined outcomes, whether short, medium or long-term
PUBLISHING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - designed to support living Western Australian writers and
other artists by enabling their work to be published, promoted and distributed


Artists' Residencies at Rimbun Dahan
www: http://www.rimbundahan.org/art/residency_programme/index.htm
Closes: 31 July 2006 for residencies in 2007
Location: International
Email: Mrs. Angela Hijjas : ajh@pd.jaring.my
Rimbun Dahan runs a range of artists' residencies to encourage visual artists, writers and other creative
individuals to explore and develop their artistic work.



Perth Studio Potters has offered pottery classes at 1 Burt Street for many years, with teachers
drawn mainly from the membership. Current classes are:


Contact details:
Caroline McCrudden, 9574 6141

09.30 - 12.00
12.30 - 3.00
6.00 - 8.30

These classes are run by Caroline McCrudden, a professional studio potter with a studio in
Gidgegannup who has exhibited locally and interstate, and is a fully qualified teacher.

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds: professional artists with experience in other
media; business and professional people with an interest in ceramics; students studying other
subjects at university and TAFE; and mothers with school-age children wanting to develop their
Classes are run to provide an introduction to the basic skills of wheel work and hand building,
and an introduction to glazing and firing. The studio is fully-equipped with wheels, slab roller,
extruder etc and electric kilns. Besides classes in the studio, students visit professional potters
and artists' studios, galleries and workshops. Students are encouraged to to attend workshops
arranged by Perth Studio Potters and other groups, and to take part in external activities such as
the York Art Awards and the Subiaco Craft fair.

Many of the students become members of PSP and as such they are able to use the studio
when it is not being used for classes. Members also use the well-stocked library, which has a
good range of books and current local and international ceramics magazines.

Contact details:
Sarah Breen 9291 7346

Thursdays, 4 - 7 pm {2 classes of 1.5 hours each}

These very popular classes are run by Sarah Breen. Sarah, who is establishing her studio
practice in Lesmurdie, trained in England at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent and is a
fully qualified teacher. She exhibits her ceramic jewellery, wall-hangings and a contemporary
functional range in Perth.

The children come mainly from the local area and there is a waiting list for places. Their
creativity is encouraged and they are taught basic clay principles. They are encouraged to
exhibit in the Perth Studio Potters gallery at the end-of-year student exhibitions.


Wednesdays 6.30 - 9.00 pm

These classes are taught by Stewart Scambler - see previous edition of Pyre for details.

9291 7346

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Fremantle WA 6959

HOW TO ENROL: Call 9432 9555, 10am – 5pm 7 days for further information.
Or email: fac@fremantle.wa.gov.au.

Create unique hand-built forms of people and animals in clay – simple, earthy and unglazed. Clay is a
pleasure to work with and the possibilities are endless.
Fee: $95

Use Raku clay to hand build beautiful vessels. They can be elegant, funky or classical, whatever suits your
décor. The approximate finished size can be up to 60cm and your work will be fired at Fremantle Arts
Centre for a nominal fee.
Fee: $95

A workshop designed for people with little or no throwing experience with clay. There will be several
demonstrations and the focus will be on the development of fundamental techniques.
Fee: $95

                                   POTTER IN PROFILE

                                                       ALYSON HAYES---CERAMIC ARTIST

                                                       How long have you been working with
                                                       About 6 years

                                                       Why did you start working with clay?
                                                        I saw a piece of ceramic work on a wall in
                                                       a café I was having lunch at on my birthday
                                                       and thought “I would love to do that” So I
                                                       changed one of my subjects at uni to

                                                       Why do you like it?
                                                       Because it takes you to another world

How would you (briefly) describe your work?
 My work is an exploration of my experience with the natural world. I am interested in the
interconnectivity and essence of all living things, which is represented by the use of light in my

                               Where do you work?
                               In my studio at home.

                               Where can we see your work?
                               In Clay Feet and CAAWA exhibitions.

                               What are you working on now?
                                I am building a series of work, which comes from altering the
                               scales of a previous piece.

                               What (or who) is your inspiration?

                            What would you do if you had more time?
 Explore and expand on the many strands of ideas I have had and never had the time to take
any further.

What intrigues you?
The processes of the natural world from the
minute to the magnificent.

What are you proud of?
My daughter Isabelle

What will you never do again?

 Pour plaster before REALLY making sure the cottle is well secured. Although I am sure I said
that after the first time.

What would you do if you win lotto?
Start an artist retreat in the middle of the rainforest.

                                            CLUB NEWS

South of the River Potters Club Inc.

 We were privileged to have a visit from Mike Kusnik recently. As usual he imparted a lot of his
knowledge of glaze technology to us. He set us the task of doing a series of midfiring glaze tests
using his cone 6 recipes. We did these on a club day and await his return visit to see the results.

In April our club held a Raku Day with Stewart Scambler. It was a long smoky day but lots of fun
with some interesting results. Our thanks go to Stewart for his hard work and guidance.

Our club meets each Wednesday from 10am -1pm at Atwell House next to the gallery. We
welcome new members. For more information phone Barbara on 9332 8397

                                            NOTICE BOARD

     We may have a position for you at


 Due To A Move To Larger, Custom-Built
 Premises Close To Our Previous Gallery,
       We Need New Members To
            Fill Our Shelves.

      We Have Kiln, Wheels, Pugmill,
          Extruder, Slab Roller.

      Contact the Pottery any day 10-4
                   9249 4380
           for membership details.
     (or call in for an application form)

           Giffin Grip (with all parts)
           Contact Pauline 9459 8140
                                                            Photo: Les Blakebrough on workshop
           Email: paulinema@iprimus.com.au

PYRE Newsletter is published bi-monthly and the deadlines for the contributions are on Wednesday at the
beginning of the month; and distribution following Monday.
contribution deadlines:
9. 8. 2006

Please send comments and contributions BEFORE given dates to:
Andrea Vinkovic
64 Ford Road, Lesmurdie WA 6076
Tel: 9291 4896
Mob: 0417 181 594
E mail: AndreaVin@bigfoot.com

                              CERAMIC CALENDAR

June                        RAKU by South of the Rivers Potter Club
         7. – 18.
                            Atwell Gallery
                            Shane Stagg selected works
         10. - July 9.
                            Heathcote Museum & Gallery
                            “East Meets West”
         11. – August 10.
                            Whiteman Park Pottery
         16.                Closing date for FORM Mentorship funding
         20. 10-12noon      Delivery of work for CAAWA annual exhibition
         23.                Ceramic Arts Association of WA Annual Selective Exhibition
                            Closing date for 25th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award

July     2.    12.00noon    Farewell Party for Angela Mellor
         7.                 Closing date for Arts WA grants
                            Verge: 11th National Ceramics Conference
         10. – 14.
                            Guest Speaker: Colin Hansen ( Jackson’s ceramics)
         13.     7.30pm
                            Ceramics Study Group
         28.                Closing date for City of Melville Sculpture
                            Closing date for submitting photos of work for CAAWA Kalgoorlie
August                      Show & Tell + Casserole Night
         10.     7.30pm
                            Ceramics Study Group
                            Closing date for Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
                            Creature Feature
         13. – Sept. 7.
                            Whiteman Park Pottery
                            PAPER PLASTER,SLIP CASTER, Workshop with Sandra Black
                            Perth Studio Potters
                            CAAWA AGM
                            Edith Cowen University
                            PAPER PLASTER,SLIP CASTER, Workshop with Sandra Black
         26.                Perth Studio Potters


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