Stu­dio potty for birth­day

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Rock­ing­ham Ce­ram­ics Stu­dio is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth birth­day this week­end with an ex­hi­bi­tion to show­case some of its mem­bers work.

From an orig­i­nal group of six ce­ramic artists meet­ing on a Tues­day morn­ing, the stu­dio has grown to in­clude be­gin­ners’ classes, work­shops, ex­hi­bi­tions and com­mu­nity projects in­volv­ing other dis­ci­plines and com­mu­nity groups. The stu­dio is now open five days a week, with 11 groups and more than 40 mem­bers rang­ing from be­gin­ners to a core group of more ad­vanced mem­bers who as­sist with teach­ing and run­ning the stu­dio.

Stu­dio co-or­di­na­tor Bec Thomas also works closely with sev­eral lo­cal men­tal health ser­vices, of­fer­ing dis­counted classes to peo­ple liv­ing in the Rock­ing­ham com­mu­nity with men­tal ill­ness.

“Our stu­dio pro­vides a re­laxed and so­cial cre­ative en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows peo­ple to es­cape their life for a few hours and en­joy play­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing with clay,” she said. “Over the past five years we have be­come a close-knit fam­ily of like-minded artists and hob­by­ists who all look for­ward to at­tend­ing each week.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion’s open­ing night and birth­day party will be held at the Rock­ing­ham Arts Cen­tre on Fri­day from 7pm. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from 9am-3pm on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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Rock­ing­ham Ce­ram­ics Stu­dio mem­bers Bec Thomas, Val McLeod, Deb­bie McGrath and Les­ley Jef­freys.

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