Potters fired up for opening
Bundy, Childers groups put on joint display at local art space
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.
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.