Unearth Your Local Potter – Come and visit me.

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Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 August 2014
10am – 4pm

Below is The Australian Ceramics Association press release for this upcoming fantastic event. This year I have decided to take part and open my studio all weekend. Makers, myself included, work away in studios and it can be quite a solitary environment so it’s exciting to be able to open the doors to my world (aka dusty, slightly shambolic, studio) and welcome visitors.

Details of my studio and the many others which are opening can be found at the link on the bottom of the press release.

Looking forward to seeing some old faces and many, many new ones.

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Some of the world’s most significant moments have included mud, from the biblical creation of Adam to that famous mind altering festival at Woodstock and although we find ourselves in an age of rapidly advancing technologies, this humble, sticky stuff, continues to inspire and obsess thousands of makers throughout the world who still call themselves ‘potters’.

This August, hundreds of potters across Australia will open their studios to the public over a weekend that promises to be a celebration of clay, creativity and community. The event is hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA).

According to Shannon Garson, TACA President and an award winning full-time potter, the Australian Ceramics Open Studios is an exciting event that shines a spotlight on Australian ceramics and Australian artists whose primary medium is clay.

“The open studios weekend is an important event for both clay workers and the community. It’s an event that fosters the development, appreciation and recognition of potters and pottery throughout Australia.

Over 130 ceramics studios around the nation have registered for the Australian Ceramics Open Studios – from well-known exhibiting artists to lesser known skilled artisans, from inner city studios to regional pottery groups – so connect with your local studio trail and plan your weekend of mud.

Many artists will offer practical demonstrations and you may even be asked to share a pot of tea from a handmade teapot. There will also be opportunities galore to take home a handmade piece, direct from the maker.

For a full listing of the open studios visit: http;//tinyurl.com/openstudios2014

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About Elisa Bartels

A ceramic artist/designer and sporadic botanical dyer chatting and photographing the trials, tribulations and celebrations of being an artist who doesn't want to starve.
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