FUN TO BE HAD: Yve Gray and Maryke Miller from Stanthorpe's Earth and Fire pottery gallery.
FUN TO BE HAD: Yve Gray and Maryke Miller from Stanthorpe's Earth and Fire pottery gallery. Matthew Purcell

Join in nation wide event this weekend

POTTING is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in recent years and this weekend offers up an opportunity for eager potters to see what the fuss is all about.

Australian Ceramics is leading the charge by holding a nation-wide open studio initiative, aimed at broadening the appeal of the art form.

Stanthorpe's Earth and Fire Gallery heard about the idea and decided they want to jump in and be a part of it.

Clubs as far as away as Deep Bay in Tasmania to Guildford in Western Australia are all in on the open studios plan, which runs from Saturday, August 17-18.

"This is the first year we've taken part in open studios,” Earth and Fire Gallery's vice-president Maryke Miller said.

"We're going to be open all weekend from 10am to 4pm.

"We have lots of nice new work in the gallery for people to come and see,” she said.

Previously operating under the plain old Stanthorpe Pottery Club moniker, they've freshened things up a little and re-branded themselves under the Earth and Fire name.

Mrs Miller said ultimately this weekend is about attracting new members and more people to pottery.

"We just want to be part of the movement that's happening around Australia.

"I think we're the only one in Stanthorpe opening our studio and we're trying to attract people to our gallery of course.”

Sunday, August 18 also happens to fall within Seniors Week and club members will be providing some free-of-charge activities for their guests.

"Come and make small pot, collect it and fire it.”

She said it's never too late to start potting.

"One of our members, Carmello Pennisi, is over 90 and still potting. It's really quite impressive.

"We've had a lot of new members come in and others showing an interest in joining. We'd love to see more new members.

"There's a renewed interest going around the world in creating ceramics. It's quite amazing actually how much interest there is.

"Ceramics has come such a long way since the '80s and the '60s when most pots were brown and boring. Now its branched out into all different areas and lots of exciting work is being made,” Mrs Miller said.

For more information contact secretary.stanthorpepotteryclub@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/stanthorpepotteryclub/

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