DAB ceramicists honoured
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
DAB entries in the National Ceramic Exhibition