Pottery ‘street party’ for St Asaph
‘‘It's getting people excited about working with clay.’’
Pottery fans rejoice: a ceramics exhibition will take over three studio spaces in the CBD this weekend.
Risingholme Community College pottery students’ work will be on display this weekend at the school’s annual fundraiser.
Contain, the three-day exhibition, will take place at Studio380, Next Gallery, and Space Academy on St Asaph St from Friday to Sunday.
Trash or treasure, the theme for the exhibition Contain is about reusing and recycling, and the differences between the plastic and ceramics industries.
Risingholme Community College ceramics teacher and World of WearableArt winner Tatyanna Meharry said the show would be a fun-filled ‘‘street party.’’
‘‘What we want to do is something for the students who have put all this effort in,’’ she said.
Kicking off on Friday at 5pm, hundreds of one-of-a-kind ceramic creations will be on display and for sale, running all day Saturday and Sunday.
Proceeds raised from the exhibition will fund next year’s Doris Lusk Ceramic Artist in Residence.
The award was set up in conjunction with Risingholme Community College and the Dunedin School of Art, the only institution which offers tertiary qualifications in ceramics.
The award was named after artist Doris Lusk, Meharry’s grand- mother.
This year, the two-week teaching residency based at Risingholme was awarded to Waitati ceramics artist and Dunedin School of Art graduate Kate Fitzharris.
Sculptural ceramic artist Fitzharris said it was awesome people who were just starting out with clay were putting their time and energy into the exhibition to provide an amazing opportunity to another artist.
‘‘The residency has been my dream for a long time. It’s especially humbling here [in Christchurch],’’ she said.
‘‘You’re in an environment where people are engaging and thinking about their work.
‘‘It’s getting people excited about working with clay.
‘‘Being in a learning environment again, the grassroots of community education, is awesome.’’
The Best in Show prizes will be sponsored by FELT.