Artists Sue Winton, Robyn Esdaile, Sue Keong and Juanita Faint set up for their exhibition, which opens tomorrow.
Artists Sue Winton, Robyn Esdaile, Sue Keong and Juanita Faint set up for their exhibition, which opens tomorrow. Emma Channon

Robyn is potting mad for clay

THE incredible history of pottery is one of the many reasons Robyn Esdaile loves her creative hobby.

"For me it's a connection with the past," she explained.

"You see on television programs a 2000-year-old piece of clay with a fingerprint in it and you think, 'will someone see mine that far down the track?'.

"What other thing has lasted 2000 years? Not glass - but pottery has."

From tomorrow, Ms Esdaile and the rest of the Warwick Potters Club will exhibit their works at the Warwick Art Gallery.

It won't just be pottery items on display though - the talented bunch has also pulled together various paintings, a glass tile montage-type piece and even a sandstone sculpture.

Potters Club president Sue Creed said the group had a number of different styles, which reflected their personalities.

"It's to give the members of Warwick Potters an opportunity to show their talents," she said.

"They all come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but all share a love for getting dirty."

It has been 12 years since the club exhibited in the local gallery and all pieces of art will be available for sale.

Ms Creed said pottery was a "therapeutic" task for her, which taught artists to learn from past mistakes.

"It can be frustrating when you get a crack," she said.

"But you learn from your experience, if you do it and it keeps breaking you find out what's going wrong."

The exhibition will be open from January 12-February 19.

The official opening is Friday, from 5.30pm. People are asked to RSVP to the gallery.

The Warwick Art Gallery is also currently offering free holiday workshops for children every day it is open.

Young ones are invited to head down 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, or 10am-1pm on weekends for art activities.

There will also be a 10 Ways to Draw workshop tomorrow and next Tuesday 1-4pm for $8 per child.


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