Pots, vases and symbolic figures made from clay have featured in our history since early times. Clay (earth) as the source of all things was significant to early man and even the Bible's Adam's name is apparently derived from the Hebrew word for earth, adama.
"Clay for me is the Earth, we become part of it and it becomes part of us" says Angela Pude of Ceramics @ Noosa Arts & Crafts. "It's tactile and malleable characteristics are a joy to play with. The clay seems to tell me what it wants to be, even though I have an idea of what I want to make" adds Angela.
Many of the members of Angela's Ceramics group shall be throwing the clay, turning the wheels, hand-building their creations or firing the kilns in their large studio at the Noosa Open Studios 'Hub' at Wallace House Noosaville.
Renowned local Noosa ceramicist and educator, Ellen Appleby, will also have her personal Noosa Heads studio open. Ellen, recently returned from a residency in the Japanese porcelain town of Arita where she enjoyed the facilities of the Kouraku factory making slip-cast ware with decals and lustres said "I watched many skilled artisans at work and explored my own layered surfaces on porcelain combining gosu (traditional Japanese blues) with my printed layers and gold lustre". Ellen is now home in her own Noosa studio and has commenced a new range of exquisite handmade porcelain tableware ready for the Noosa Open Studios event.
Another Open Studio artisan has her studio on serene Cooroibah acreage and is inspired by her natural surroundings. "Being surrounded by native flora and fauna I find that these influence my ceramic work immensely" says ceramicist Wendy Britton. "I use plants to impress some of my work and also like to create native animals" adding "I am never short of models for some of these" as a kangaroo bounds by.
Ceramicist Carol Watkins also on acreage enjoys the serendipity of smoke, saggar and raku firing when creating her beautiful works. 'Often in raku a glaze does something totally unexpected and the outcome is rewarding and exciting' explains Carol.
Carol, Wendy, Ellen and Angela are just a few of the outstanding 'Clay Masters' you can engage with during the Noosa Open Studios event being held over 3 days in August – Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August. Over 40 artists and artisans shall be welcoming attendees to their own unique creative space. Studio Bus Tours are available with pick up points in Hastings St, Gympie Tce and at the event Hub at Wallace House in Noosaville.
FOR BUS TICKETS Phone 0403 170 207 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all information: www.noosaopenstudios.com.au
STUDIO GUIDE AVAILABLE https://issuu.com/noosaopestudios/docs/noosa_open_studio_guide_2016/1