Once a week I get to dress up like a proper grown-up (read clean clothes with not a hint of mud or dye on them) and go to work in the wonderful office of The Journal of Australian Ceramics. Last summer Vicki (El Capitan Editor) asked me if I wanted to interview this wonderful couple who had been collecting ceramics for over 50 years. Now those of you who know me will know that other than making stuff, words are one of my greatest passions.
Little known personal fact – as a kid my Dad would regularly drop me off at the local library on a Saturday afternoon and there I would spend a glorious few hours collecting books to take home and reading American teen magazines. Mr B finds this very disturbing, but then again he was the kind of kid who had boundless frenetic energy and spent most of his days riding around the neighbourhood on his bike with his mates or playing Aussie Rules until the sun went down and his Mum called him inside for dinner.
So you can imagine my excitment when I was given the opportunity of not only having my words published but also meeting these two wonderfully warm souls in their art filled, harbour side apartment. It was surreal to see my words in print – so a big thank you to Vicki for giving me this opportunity.
Please click JAC 511 BARTELS on Greggs HR to read the article.
“This article was published in Issue 51/1 of The Journal of Australian Ceramics, April 2012. Permission has been given to make it available on this website. © The Australian Ceramics Association 2012”
Finally an unashamed plug for The Association of Australian Ceramics who publishes the Journal. This organisation has been bringing together the Australian ceramic/pottery community for just over 50 years. Any Australian mud maker/educator ‘worth their salt’ should support this Association by joining up immediately. TACA is tireless in promoting Australian ceramics both locally and internationally. Members are kept abreast of competitions, grants, exhibitions and any opporutnity which is relevant to them. As a member you become part of a dynamic community which is ever evolving and always welcoming.
So what are you waiting for go to here to find out more.