Pot­tery ‘street party’ for St As­aph

Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT - MONIQUE STEELE

‘‘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.

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