'Ceramic Studio Project'
The Mud Trail
Blue Knob Ceramic Studio students and potters had a fabulous day out on Sunday 20th visiting studio potteries on the Mud Trail over at the Coast.
The Mud Trail is an annual event and 21 students/potters and friends climbed into a bus and descended on the studios with enthusiasm and excitement. With plenty of coffee and cake at each venue to keep the energy going, it was an inspiring trip with a huge variety of techniques, firing and decorating to fire the imagination and hopefully fill the kiln at Blue Knob Ceramic Studio.
It was a great ‘field trip’ and we look forward to the possibility of the Blue Knob Ceramic Studio being part of the Mud Trail next year!
‘First Pots off the Block’
The Blue Knob Ceramic Studio officially opened on February 19th and classes started on March 10th 2016. This inaugural exhibition is being held in conjunction with the ‘Hearth & Home’ exhibition. ‘First Pots off the Block’ is a selection of works created by the students who have been making use of the wonderful Blue Knob Ceramic Studio space.
The students range from 9 to 90 years old and come from a diverse background in ceramic practise. All aspects of the studio have been embraced – from hand-building to wheel thrown work, glazing, and the spirit of a shared environment to work in.
This exhibition showcases some of the work completed, as well as tiles from the first Mosaic Tile Making workshop held in August.
For more information, please contact Heather at the Ceramic Studio on 6689 7449.
Opening of the Ceramic Studio
By Heather Kimber.
Our first specialised workshop since we opened in March, was the Mosaic Tile Making Workshop which ran over 3 Saturdays in August and again in Sept and Oct.
The studio is open on Thursdays – Saturdays 10-4pm. Cost is $10 for annual membership (for insurance purposes) and $5 for a 2 hour session. All materials and firings will be at cost price.
Just 6 months ago .....
Wow, look at us now! We have just completed the Ceramic Studio to lockup stage and doesn’t it look terrific! It has been a truly incredible, amazing and rewarding project. The worthwhile skills people have learned, the friendships forged, the community spirit nurtured – it’s all good!
Blue Knob Hall organised a ‘Thank you’ dinner on Saturday 15th June for all those wonderful volunteers who helped to get the studio to this stage. It was a fabulous night with about fifty people attending. It really felt like a big family gathering, with the kids watching movies, while the rest of the family sipped on some really quite amazing mulled wine; ate some delicious food and danced to Peter Calkin’s fine music.
Guy Stewart also showed a little movie he had put together from the beginning of this project to its present stage. It was really an eye-opener – from the initial pouring of the slab, to the time spent milling the timber, to the actual building. It was a great reminder of what has happened to get this building to this stage.
The Farmer’s Market also presented Blue Knob Hall Gallery with a cheque for $1,500 which was raised at the Pumpkin Festival Bush Dance as a fund-raising event for the Hall. We are very grateful for their generous support. They have been instrumental in lifting the Hall to new heights as a community venue, gallery and cafe, and their help along the way has been tremendous.
For now, we will have to bide our time with the next stage of the Ceramic Studio, as we’ve run out of money. We have and will be applying for grants to do the internal fit-out of the Studio, so it still could be some time before we’re ready to rock and roll.
But rest assured, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST CERAMIC STUDIO IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE!!!
the Blue Knob Hall Gallery
Ph: 02 66 897 449 or email: email@example.com
Knob Hall Gallery 719 Blue Knob Road, Lillian Rock NSW 2480
Thursday - Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm