Pop in to a potter on the Australian Ceramics Open Studio weekend

Bec Filet is opening her Georgella studio in rural Boambee for the first time.

POP in to a local potter for a peep behind the scenes during the Australian Ceramics Association’s Open Studio Weekend on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November.

Five local ceramic artists are participating, with their studios open in Bellingen, Boambee and Woolgoolga, amongst over 200 potters and ceramic artists from all over Australia who will open their studios to the public for the tenth annual Australian Ceramics Open Studios event.

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It’s a rare opportunity for the curious to step inside a working studio, chat with a local artist and experience the simple pleasures of clay and the making process.

There will be workshops, demonstrations, kiln firings and original ceramics to purchase from potters located in the suburbs, cities and rambling rural settings.

Ceramicist Bec Filet from Georgella studio (28 McAlpine Way, Boambee) told News Of The Area, “I’m excited to be opening the doors of my studio to visitors for the first time.

“I look forward to sharing some of my studio practices and techniques with visitors and will also have a selection of my ceramics available to view and purchase.

“Enjoy a cuppa overlooking the paddocks and chat about upcoming workshops and events.”

Reanne Brewin (9 Lucas Ave, Bellingen) said, “‘Pop into my studio and observe the making of pots through slab building and the application of sgraffito technique.

“Check out the diversity of my students’ work in their annual exhibition and purchase a pot from my collection.”

Tamasin Pepper (22 Ringwood Pl, Bellingen) said, “There will be pots for sale, students to meet and a general air of festivity.

“I will have sculptural and functional pieces on display and students will also exhibit their favourite pieces.

“Drop in for a chat and visit beautiful Bellingen.”

Clare Danby (92 Wheatley St, Bellingen with entry from McNally St) told NOTA, “I am a part time potter with a carport set up.

“I make tableware on the wheel and decorate sometimes with slips and sgraffito, and sometimes with glaze combinations.

“I will do a morning throwing demo at 10.30am each day.

“We will have the kettle on and besides my pots for sale, I will have some pots from the UK and other potters on display.”

Allan Casey from Allans Art (6 High St, Woolgoolga) said, “My Open Studios weekend activity will include wheel demos hourly from 10.30am featuring surface texturing.

Allan will have stoneware and raku pottery (thrown, slab and coil) display and sales.

“You’ll see succulents in wall pockets and coiled pots available or just have a look at my work and chat over a cuppa.”

Studios are open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday and entry is free.

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