Firing up at DAB HQ
DOUGLAS Arts Base has installed the largest electric kiln of its type in Queensland and is ready to put it to good use in the pottery shed.
The size of the kiln, which uses extreme heat to harden clay by changing the molecular structure to harden it, means DAB’s sculptors will be able to fire their pieces as well.
DAB’s Linda Ireland said they welcome all potters and pottery groups in the area to make use of the new kiln.
“You can set all sorts of programs from disc firing to glazes and DAB is very happy to set up firing schedules for any other potters as well,” she said.
“There are already sculptures from the sculpture course that will be fired shortly and Ross Bannister, the DAB sculpture tutor is excited by the prospect of the new kiln - many of the artists in the group are producing artwork from clay.”
The kiln came just in time, with a pottery group starting recently on Saturday afternoons which is open to anyone who has studied pottery in the past at any level and Cheryl Coye will provide tutor support.
For beginners, a five-week pottery for beginners course is starting on Saturday mornings from August 4. For more information on any DAB courses or how to book the kiln contact them on 4098 3337 or go online www. dabmossman.com
Fired up: DAB’s Linda Ireland with pottery student Suzannah