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Ceramic Arts Queensland publishes many articles on the ceramic arts in its Quarterly Bulleting and fortnightly Flash news-letters. These are a selection of those articles along with reports from our Toolkit Workshops and other articles of interest to those interested in the ceramic arts.

Insurance for Artists – the basics explained
Insurance for Artists – the basics explained

INSURANCE! This is one of those topics that confuse, confound and frustrate many of us. So here is a very brief explanation of what you may require as a ceramic practitioner. ...

And the entries are in!
And the entries are in!

2021 Siliceous Award update The Board and staff of Ceramic Arts Queensland (CAQ) have been thrilled to receive a large number of entries for the 2021 award and the selection...

Elemental Exhibition opens
Elemental Exhibition opens

Friday 13th August, 2021 Dianne Peach, Ceramic Arts Queensland's President, officially opened the exhibition and thanked members for contributing to this annual event. She also...

CAQ Raku Experience
CAQ Raku Experience

April 2021 CAQ Raku Experience Brisbane Visual Arts Community (BVAC) invited CAQ to their Open Day in April this year to demonstrate the raku experience.   As usual, crowds were...

Raku Play Day 2020
Raku Play Day 2020

Raku is a method of firing pottery that is quick, inexpensive and spectacular! Originating in 16th Century Japan and now practised all over the world this fun way of low-firing...

Dan Elbourne’s Deathgate Exhibition
Dan Elbourne’s Deathgate Exhibition

I was fortunate enough to be able to be present at the opening on 11 May of artist, Dan Elbourne’s exhibition, Deathgate. This exhibition is a ceramic installation that comprises...

Hobart Triennale 2019 Wrap-Up
Hobart Triennale 2019 Wrap-Up

At the closing session of the recent Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart, 1-4 May 2019, the 700 strong audience was invited to assemble again in Central Australia. The...

How and Why To Make A Shrinkage Measure
How and Why To Make A Shrinkage Measure

Somewhere down the track, you may need to make something to a particular size. And knowing that clay shrinks quite a bit, it is vital to know precisely how much and when in the...

What! Turn Our Garage Into A Pottery Studio?
What! Turn Our Garage Into A Pottery Studio?

Planning a ceramics studio conversion needs some careful thought. A two-car garage under a suburban home has to be converted into a small pottery teaching studio that could house...

Making Glazes – Theory And Practice
Making Glazes – Theory And Practice

How to save money and give your ceramic art that unique touch. When a wide range of commercial glazes are available for speedy delivery at the click of a button, why would you go...

Seger Yields to Boron at Cone 6
Seger Yields to Boron at Cone 6

Recent glaze research work in the US by both Matt Katz and Sue McLeod looks at the use of Boron as a flux in cone 6 firings. Cone 6 is used typically with mid-fired clays in...

Raku in Schools – Aspley State High School
Raku in Schools – Aspley State High School

On Thursday the 25 October 2018, Visual Art students at Aspley State High School participated in a Raku Firing workshop with the help of Tania Edwards from Ceramics Arts...

Monte Lupo – Bringing colour to the community
Monte Lupo – Bringing colour to the community

Monte Lupo Arts is a ceramics based art studio established in 1991, inspired by the small pottery village in Tuscany. The studio provides training, job coaching and employment...

Why Makers Make – Function, Form and Fine Art
Why Makers Make – Function, Form and Fine Art

This article looks at the intersecting concepts of function, form and fine-art in ceramics as a way of understanding the way makers approach their clay works. On a fundamental...

Ceramics and Society: 50 Years of Evolution
Ceramics and Society: 50 Years of Evolution

To gain any insight in contemporary Ceramic practice in our society as it stands at present, it is first necessary to look back at how it has evolved over the past fifty or so...

The Ian Currie Memorial Lecture
The Ian Currie Memorial Lecture

The presenters of the 2018 Ceramic Arts Queensland Ian Currie Memorial Lecture knew Ian Currie well. Both Paul Davis and Jacqueline Clayton regard the “Ian Currie method” as a...

The latest in electric kiln technology
The latest in electric kiln technology

Basic kiln technology has been relatively slow to change. The fundamental things a kiln has to do - applying heat-work to clay objects - is a pretty uncomplicated thing to do....

Mould Making with Somchai Charoen
Mould Making with Somchai Charoen

Somchai Charoen is a Thai born ceramic artist based in Sydney who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Trained in industrial ceramic design, he was a former lecture...

The Wallace Rockhole Pottery – 8 Years On
The Wallace Rockhole Pottery – 8 Years On

Ceramic Arts Queensland members have been following the progress of Su Brown and Wallace Rockhole Pottery for a number of years now. We marvel at Su's input at Wallace Rockhole,...

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Opportunities in Japan
Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Opportunities in Japan

According to the comprehensice Artist In Residence (AIR) database in Japan AIR_j.info, there are several AIR business models dedicated to ceramic arts. Ceramic Arts Queensland is...

Large Throwing Simplified with Cameron Williams
Large Throwing Simplified with Cameron Williams

On a warm Brisbane morning more than twenty five potters gathered in the courtyard of the Brisbane Institute of Art. They came together to learn new techniques in the art of...

The Contemporary Ceramic Art of Emere Can
The Contemporary Ceramic Art of Emere Can

Emere Can uses the 3D printed ceramic as base form and then adds to it by hand to “transform the artificial forms from a machine into an organic structure, to deform the ceramic...

Mollie Bosworth – 2017 Siliceous Award Winner
Mollie Bosworth – 2017 Siliceous Award Winner

Mostly self taught, Mollie Bosworth completed a Diploma of Art (ceramics) at the Australian National University in 2003. She has won several awards for her work including the...

Siliceous Winners 2017
Siliceous Winners 2017

The 2017 Siliceous Entries were judged by Greg Daly in August.  Here is the winner, the highly commended entries and the two commended artists. The competition was won by Mollie...

Siliceous Entries 2017
Siliceous Entries 2017

The judge for the 2017 Siliceous Competition, Greg Daly, praised the high standard of entries this year. With over 30 entries in a wide variety of styles, Greg remarked that...

Member’s Exhibition 2017
Member’s Exhibition 2017

Stunning, high-quality entries for 2017 Member's Exhibition This year's Member's Exhibition produced some remarkable work from the members of Ceramic Arts Queensland. Reproduced...

The 2017 Siliceous Ceramic Art Award Winners
The 2017 Siliceous Ceramic Art Award Winners

The 2017 Siliceous competition featured a very high standard of entries. Competition judge Greg Daly said that choosing the winner was particularly difficult when such a high...

The Kyoto Potters – Smoke on the Water
The Kyoto Potters – Smoke on the Water

Chester Nealie introduced three potters from Kyoto Japan - Aki Katayama, Kasumi Ueba and American Derek Larsen. Pottery made in Kyoto is referred to as “Kyo-yaki /...

Shirobey Kobayashi
Shirobey Kobayashi

One of the first International Artist to arrive at Cooroy for the Smoke on the Water Woodfirers Conference was Shirobey Kobayashi. Shirobey is a Japanese ceramic artist who in...

Influential Woodfirers
Influential Woodfirers

The spark that ignited an explosion in the studio potters’ movement of the early 60s has not been identified. That fire burned brightly for a few decades and then smouldered for...

Derek Au and the Glazy database
Derek Au and the Glazy database

We have recently added the Glazy online ceramic glaze database to our new website.  Glazy has been developed by an American "geek-potter" Derek Philip Au.  Derek worked in the IT...

Kim Wallace Tableware
Kim Wallace Tableware

My style is elegant simplicity focusing on materials and shapes and highlighting their beauty, providing a canvas for chefs and home cooks alike to plate their food. I draw my...

CAQ Raku Demonstration – Southside Art Market
CAQ Raku Demonstration – Southside Art Market

At the Morningside School of Arts on Sunday 30 April, Ceramic Arts Qld volunteers demonstrated how it’s done to an inquisitive crowd of adults and children at the the Southside...

TOOLKIT #1 Anna-Marie Wallace, Made OF Australia
TOOLKIT #1 Anna-Marie Wallace, Made OF Australia

RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL CERAMIC MANUFACTURING BUSINESS Sunday 19 February 2017 Anna-Marie Wallace began her workshop by thanking the indigenous community who are "part of this...

“Watcha doing Su, can I join ya?”
“Watcha doing Su, can I join ya?”

2016 is zooming by and my very short visit to Central Australia this year rapidly came to an end. I am often asked why I do this, head off to the small Aranda Community at...

Sculpting the Human Head
Sculpting the Human Head

Sculptor Alexander Esenarro has flown in from Melbourne to present the last of Ceramic Arts Queensland’s Toolkit workshops for 2016. The RQAS - an impressively large and...

Artistic Adventures in Vallauris
Artistic Adventures in Vallauris

In July of this year with the assistance of an Arts Queensland Career Development grant, I had the privilege to take up a month long residency with A.I.R. Vallauris [Artists in...

Poetry in Clay
Poetry in Clay

Kylie Johnson is the owner and creator of Paper Boat Press, a boutique ceramic studio in Ashgrove, Brisbane which she opened in 2004. There she sells her own work, holds...