DAB ce­ram­i­cists hon­oured

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Moya Stevens

TWO Dou­glas Art Base (DAB) artists have re­ceived awards at the re­cent Na­tional Ce­ram­ics Ex­hi­bi­tion, Melt­ing Pot, hosted by the Cairns Pot­ters Club.

Leanne Em­mitt won the Clay Shed Award. Leanne is DAB’s Glass Fus­ing and Slump­ing tu­tor and artist.

Rose­mary Gotts re­ceived a High Com­mended Award for her ce­ramic Chook. Sam Matthews also re­ceived a Highly Com­mended Award for her vase, She.

The bi­en­nial com­pe­ti­tion was open to ce­ramic artists from around Aus­tralia and at­tracted 70 en­tries.

Four DAB artists en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion with 14 in­di­vid­ual pieces in to­tal.

“We are so proud of our DAB artists and con­grat­u­lated them all on their won­der­ful en­tries,” Liz Shown­iruk, Pres­i­dent of DAB said.

“It is quite an achieve­ment to win these awards, par­tic­u­larly as these artists were am­a­teurs when they joined DAB and only started work­ing in ce­ram­ics rel­a­tively re­cently,” she said.

“Sam Matthews won the ma­jor award last time this event was held in 2014.”

The judg­ing was un­der­taken by na­tion­ally renowned pot­ter and res­i­dent of Daintree, Ellen Ter­rell who com­mented on the high stan­dard of en­tries.

The Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil Award, the ma­jor award at the ex­hi­bi­tion, was won by Pe­ter Thomp­son from Ku­randa.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was held over De­cem­ber and Jan­uary at the Cairns Pot­ters Club in Cairns and at­tracted hun­dreds of vis­i­tors.

DAB has pottery work­shops and classes, and ev­ery Wed­nes­day morn­ing a ca­sual pottery group is tu­tored by Liz Shown­iruk.

Other classes cater for pot­ters up to ad­vance stages of ex­per­tise.

“It is a great medium to work with and we have our par­tic­i­pants learn a va­ri­ety of meth­ods in­clud­ing hand build­ing, throw­ing and clay carv­ing,” Liz said, “and we dec­o­rate them us­ing var­i­ous glaz­ing tech­niques.”

“Peo­ple who come along can make a range of items, from dec­o­ra­tive to use­ful,” Liz said.

All of the DAB en­tries in the Na­tional Ce­ram­ics Ex­hi­bi­tion – Melt­ing Pot are on dis­play at DAB, 11 Mill Street, Moss­man.

The gallery’s hours are open 10am to 2pm, Mon­day to Satur­day.

Inger Rowe and Mandy Ryan look­ing at two of the awarded pieces

Pic­tures: MOYA STEVENS

DAB en­tries in the Na­tional Ce­ramic Ex­hi­bi­tion

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