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