Pot­ters fired up for open­ing

Bundy, Childers groups put on joint dis­play at lo­cal art space

Isis Town and Country - - LIFE -

EVER felt like a square peg in a round hole, as the say­ing goes?

Well, an up­com­ing joint ex­hi­bi­tion be­tween the Childers Fire­house Pot­ters and the Bund­aberg Pot­tery Group might be just the thing for you.

The two groups will bring the Round Pots, Square Holes dis­play to the Childers Art Space (Charts), with the of­fi­cial un­veil­ing set for 5pm on Tues­day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion aims to in­ves­ti­gate the prop­er­ties of op­po­sites and how things that ini­tially seem in­com­pat­i­ble may be adapted to com­ple­ment each other.

Start­ing with squares and cir­cles, each el­e­ment may be ex­plored separately or in com­bi­na­tion, with pots stand­ing, float­ing, hang­ing, or ris­ing up from the floor.

Both in­di­vid­u­ally cre­ated and com­bined group pieces will be show­cased as part of the ce­ramic ex­hi­bi­tion, with a full range of dif­fer­ent fir­ing, glaz­ing and pot­tery tech­niques on show by some of the re­gion’s best-known and loved lo­cal pot­ters.

The Bund­aberg Pot­tery Group’s Ne­cia Ro­se­vear said the ex­hi­bi­tion promised a great deal of di­ver­sity, with con­tri­bu­tions from more than 20 pot­ters.

“The pub­lic can ex­pect lots of squares and cir­cles and parts thereof,” she said.

“The em­pha­sis has been on a geo­met­ric-struc­tured feel, with strong bright glazes sup­ported by more sub­tle ones.

“Pots will be func­tional and sculp­tural, in con­trast to our last ex­hi­bi­tion, Imag­ine That, which was fully sculp­tural.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion is not just a com­ing to­gether of two groups of pot­tery en­thu­si­asts – it’s a meld­ing of more than 70 years of col­lec­tive artis­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Bund­aberg Pot­tery Group cel­e­brates its 45th year as a group in Septem­ber, while the Childers Fire­house Pot­ters have been ac­tive for the past 30 years.

Each group boasts about 20 mem­bers of all lev­els of skill and abil­ity.

Fire­house Pot­ters vice-pres­i­dent Kaye Van Ro­den said work­ing with the Bund­aberg pot­ters had been ben­e­fi­cial for sev­eral rea­sons.

“Work­ing along­side the Bund­aberg Pot­tery Group hasn’t just strength­ened con­nec­tions be­tween the two groups, but it has also helped broaden our per­spec­tives as a group,” she said.

Round Pots, Square Holes will be of­fi­cially opened by renowned Childers artist Jennifer McDuff and will run un­til July 20.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, go to www.brag-brc.org.au.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

OP­PO­SITES AT­TRACT: Mem­bers of the Childers Fire­house Pot­ters (above) who are con­tribut­ing work to the Round Pots, Square Holes ex­hi­bi­tion, and (right) some of the work that will be on show.

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