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UN­LEASH YOUR INNER ARTIST AND GO BE­HIND THE SCENES OF SOME CREATIVE COAST MINDS WITH A WEEK­END DED­I­CATED TO THE ART OF POT­TERY AND CE­RAMIC MAK­ING

Life & Style Weekend - - CONTENTS - WORDS: SARAH DIONYSIUS

In a world where we are all work­ing within busy sched­ules, it can be nice to find an out­let that gets your creative juices flow­ing.

Artis­tic work­shops have been pop­ping up all over the Sunshine Coast; rang­ing from those cater­ing for the resur­gence of the ’70s art form macrame to sewing and paint­ing.

One par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar art form as of late is pot­tery and ceramics.

To help shine a spot­light on what goes on be­hind the scenes of pot­tery mak­ing, De­bra Du­crou is open­ing the doors to her stu­dio to the pub­lic.

De­bra is one of the sev­eral Sunshine Coast artists who are join­ing in on the Aus­tralian Ceramics Open Stu­dios event this Au­gust.

She said she was en­cour­aged by fel­low potter and friend, Carol Forster.

“I’ve been a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian Ceramics As­so­ci­a­tion for 25 years and I’ve al­ways been away when the open stu­dio event was on,” she said.

“I met up with Carol re­cently and she has done it for sev­eral years and I thought “why not give it a go?”

“It will be nice to meet peo­ple who are

in­ter­ested in pot­tery and ceramics and have a cup of tea or cof­fee and a chat.”

De­bra first started pot­tery in 1983 when she went along to a class and fell in love with the art form.

She then went on to study an Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Art/ceramics at South Bris­bane Tafe and has been teach­ing pot­tery work­shops at the Sunshine Coast Art Group.

“I have been teach­ing for awhile now and I love that peo­ple come along to the work­shops, for­get about their cares of the day and just sit down and make things,” she said.

“It’s nice be­cause peo­ple of­ten make things as gifts and it means a lot more to the peo­ple they are giv­ing them to be­cause they have a put a little bit of them­selves in to that piece.”

De­bra said she was hop­ing peo­ple would come along to her open stu­dio on the week­end of Au­gust 17 and 18 and be in­spired to take up pot­tery them­selves.

“My work will be avail­able for pur­chase and I’ll even have some clay there if peo­ple would like to have a go,” she said.

“There are 167 pot­ters from all around Aus­tralia who will be open­ing up their stu­dios at the same time which I think is quite amaz­ing.”

De­bra’s stu­dio is lo­cated at 1 Tim­berdale Ct, Mons and Carol’s at 16 Stephen St, Buderim.

Stu­dios around the coun­try will be open from from 10am to 4pm on Au­gust 17 and 18.

Visit www.aus­tralian ce­ram­ic­scom­mu­nity.com to see the pro­files of par­tic­i­pat­ing artists around the coun­try. Fol­low the latest event up­dates at www.face­book.com/theaus­traliance­ram­ics As­so­ci­a­tion and on In­sta­gram @aus­traliance­ram­ics

Sunshine Coast Pot­tery Stu­dios ● The Pot­tery Stu­dio

Lo­cated in Nam­bour, The Pot­tery Stu­dio has the fa­cil­i­ties to hand build and ex­per­i­ment on a pot­tery wheel.

The stu­dio pro­vides all the tools nec­es­sary to get you started in hand-build­ing with clay, and the ba­sic in­struc­tions to get you started with as­sis­tance through­out. Visit www.the­p­ot­terys­tu­dio.com.au.

● Ox­ide Clay Art

Ox­ide Clay Art is a pot­tery and ceramics stu­dio spe­cial­is­ing in wheel throw­ing pot­tery classes for small groups.

The classes are run by renowned potter and teacher Joe Ot­t­away and cater for begin­ners to ad­vanced pot­ters.

Visit ox­ide­cla­yart.com.au.

● Fried Mudd

The Fried Mudd stu­dio in Maleny offers sev­eral work­shops a year with one-on-one guid­ance from award-win­ning potter and sculp­tor Cathy Law­ley. She caters for all abil­i­ties and skill levels, rang­ing from chil­dren’s classes to adults.

Visit fried­mudd.com.

● Syn­di­cate Creative

The Syn­di­cate Creative op­er­ates from a ware­house in Ma­roochy­dore, host­ing a wide range of creative work­shops and cour­ses.

The also run an ar­ti­san mar­ket on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month.

Visit www.syn­di­cate­cre­ative.com.au.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CREATIVE MINDS: Sunshine Coast artists are open­ing up their stu­dios to the pub­lic this Au­gust to of­fer a glimpse into their creative worlds.

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