Fired up

New kiln for pot­tery group

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha’s lo­cal pot­tery group is all fired up thanks to a new kiln ac­quired through City of Kar­ratha and Pil­bara Ports Author­ity grants.

The Kar­ratha Pot­ters Group, which op­er­ates in Bul­garra’s Kar­ratha Arts and Learn­ing Cen­tre, re­ceived $5500 to pur­chase the new kiln which was sourced lo­cally.

KALC trea­surer Gina Hip­worth said the new pur­chase would al­low the group to pro­duce more work and take on big­ger projects.

“We have pre­vi­ously had two smaller kilns that only worked when they wanted to,” she said.

“It will just in­crease the pos­si­bil­i­ties of what we can make, the size of things we can make and the quan­tity we can make.”

Ms Hip­worth said the cen­tre’s mem­ber­ship was grow­ing af­ter a dif­fi­cult pe­riod.

“We were strug­gling for num­bers but we have been hold­ing classes and try­ing a few dif­fer­ent things like open days and we have had lots of new mem­bers,” she said.

“It has re­ally picked up, we have prob­a­bly quadru­pled our num­bers in the past 12 months. There’s the choir, quil­ters, craft group, a band — I am miss­ing heaps but there is a lot you can do here.”

Mrs Hip­worth said any­one was wel­come to come down and try their hand at the range of arts and crafts on of­fer.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Arts and Learn­ing Cen­tre trea­surer Gina Hip­worth, sec­ond right, with pot­ters Lisa Dunsby, Mel Casserly, Ju­lia Hud­son, Moana Elk­ing­ton, Nat Dew­son and Faith Watene.

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