Visit a potter during the Australian Ceramics Open Studio weekend

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Bec Filet opens for the first time its Georgella studio in the countryside of Boambee.

Visit a local potter to take a look behind the scenes at the Australian Ceramics Association 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, among more than 200 potters and ceramicists from across Australia who will be opening 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 enter a workshop, chat with a local artist, and discover the simple pleasures of clay and the manufacturing process.

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

Ceramist Bec Filet of Studio Georgella (28 McAlpine Way, Boambee) told News Of The Area: “I am delighted to open 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 to view and purchase.

“Enjoy a cup of tea overlooking the paddocks and chat about upcoming workshops and events.”

Reanne Brewin (9 Lucas Ave, Bellingen) said: “’Step into my studio and watch the making of pots through the construction of slabs and the application of the sgraffito technique.

“Discover the diversity of my students’ work in their annual exhibition and buy a jar from my collection.”

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

“I will exhibit sculptural and functional pieces and the students will also exhibit their favorite pieces.

Drop by for a chat and visit beautiful Bellingen.

Clare Danby (92 Wheatley St, Bellingen with entrance from McNally St) told NOTA: ‘I’m a part-time potter with a carport installed.

“I make crockery on the wheel and sometimes decorate with engobes and sgraffito, sometimes with combinations of glazes.

“I will demonstrate throwing in the morning at 10:30 a.m. each day.

“We will have the kettle and in addition to my pots for sale I will have pots from the UK and other potters on display.”

Allan Casey of Allans Art (6 High St, Woolgoolga) said: “My Open Studios weekend activity will feature hourly wheel demos starting at 10.30am with surface texturing.

Allan will be showcasing and selling stoneware and raku pottery (turned, slab and coil).

“You will see succulents in wall pockets and coiled pots available or just take a look at my work and chat over a cup of tea.”

The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free.

Visit australianceramicscommunity.com for more information.

Connect on Facebook @theaustralianceramicsassociation or lnstagram @australianceramics.

By Andrea FERRARI

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