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President's Note


I can’t believe we are already into the last term of the year. We have a number of exciting events that are soon approaching. Don’t miss the opening of our refurbished Gallery at the end of October. Also, this term our kilns will be running hot with people preparing their pieces for sale at our Gold Coast Potters Art and Crafters Market Day on the 30th November. With great excitement our new kiln at Benowa arrived, ready and rearing ... !
And to finish up the year will be our Members Christmas Party (see details below). 


Happy potting! Marian



 Emerald Lakes Golf Club, Nerang-Broadbeach Rd, Carrara QLD 4211

Date: Monday 1st December 

Time: 5-6pm for meeting, then food and party!

Cost: $10 per person + drinks available for purchase

RSVP: Friday 31st October 


Out with the old, in with the new



  • Date change for the Committee Meeting when it falls on
    the first or second of a month.

Gold Coast Potters

Next Committee Meeting

Monday 3rd November 2014
Starting at 5.30pm

Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of every month & all members are welcome, we have an open door policy - come in, help yourself to tea or coffee & participate in general business

The Gold Coast Potters’ Assoc 


We are thrilled to announce that our 5th market day will include the Band G Sharpe Trio, those lovely talented people who have our feet tapping and hips swinging every market day. 

The  Coffee Van will be there early thanks to Lou of Coffee @ Work, and the Woodfired Pizzas will be back thanks to Simone of Fire n Dough.  The Sculptors will also be cooking up a storm with their sausage sizzle and drinks. 

Jo McFaul is once again our Booking Officer, so please contact Jo with any queries, and make sure you get your registration form to her, with information on your payment. Remember, no registration form, no booking.  Jo will be forwarding registration forms by e-mail shortly, and we have included it in this Newsletter as the Newsletter is produced bi-monthly now (that is, every two months). 

We are calling for volunteers to assist Lynette and Jo with the preparations leading up to market day.  

We need someone to compile a list of volunteers to assist on the day with setting up, gate duty and dismantling, demonstrations, play with clay table.... (a very simple, easy task), and for hands to just be there for Jo and Lynette if needed.  There are no onerous tasks, just a requirement to have backup. Please contact Lynette on 0412197508 or Jo on  0411509634.

Art & Crafter’s Market Day Convenor,

Lynette Rogers



The Gold Coast Potters’ Association is excited to announce that the beautiful heritage listed post office building, located at the Association’s premises on the corner of Ashmore Road & Carrara Street, has been given a new lease on life. While the exterior of this 1915 cottage still pays homage to its roots, the inside has been completely transformed into a modern blank canvas with each of its three independent gallery spaces boasting new gallery lighting & fresh white paint. It has been aptly named The Old Benowa Post Office Gallery & Gift Shop with respect to its history in the local area, & will showcase ceramic works of art as well as other art forms for the entire Gold Coast community to enjoy.
The official opening event, open to the public, will be held on Friday the 31st of October from 6pm – 8pm. The Gallery expects to become a hub of creativity for the local community over the next few months, with exhibitions & events scheduled until Christmas. After opening night, the new space will be open to visitors every weekend from 10am – 4pm, both Saturday & Sunday, exhibiting & selling artworks & gifts created by talented local artisans & visiting creatives from further afield.
For more information about visiting (tour groups welcome), volunteering in the store, or exhibiting your work, please contact the gallery coordinators at or 0491 102 751.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Anna-Marie, Jo & Greg



It is hard to believe that it’s been two very short years since the last Gold Coast International Ceramic Art award. It’s come around so quickly and as the very proud winner of the 28th award I was asked by the gallery to present a 15 min artist talk prior to the opening. Public speaking is probably the most terrifying thing I’d ever have to contemplate. It’s right up there with stepping out onto the balcony of the highest building or swimming out of my depth in the ocean. Things I could do if I had to, but avoid through an uncontrollable fear.


Having been the first Gold Coast Artist to have taken out the prestigious title in 2012, I felt a strong sense of honour and duty. It was a chance to tell my story. So with much prompting and encouragement I put together a small presentation detailing a brief history and colourful overview of my work up to date. Although I introduced the audience to my youthful upbringing on the Gold Coast much of my talk centred around my recent work and expressed my surprise and excitement at winning the award with an artwork very close to my heart.  “11 shades of blue” now part of the Gallery's ever expanding art collection, is a porcelain dress made up of over 4500 porcelain shillings hand sewn onto tailored silk. It reflects my ongoing passion for repetition projects focused on a small object used to form a larger work through which I tell a story or relay my view or message. 

The piece I submitted this year was in stark contrast to the little blue dress. Earlier in the year I’d been working on a collection of forms influenced by iconic Australian outback landscapes for my first Solo Exhibition. “Wave Rock” was my favourite piece from that collection and was selected as one of 48 finalists by judge, Patsy Hely.  “Wave Rock” is an extraordinary piece. I could repeat the same process I went through to achieve this form a million more times and not even come close to achieving the same result. You could say “It’s one in a million!”. If you haven’t yet viewed this year’s award, give yourself a good push and get along to see it. Vipoo Srivilasa’s piece titled “Battle of Old and New” is a beautiful work, very deserving of this year’s $10,000 prize. You can’t help but relate to his message while acknowledging the fine detail and repetitive nature of his methods of construction.


Judge Patsy Hely’s choices are to be commended, displaying such a varied array of expertise. I guarantee you will walk away from this exhibition brimming with inspiration for your own work and the desire to enter the next award in 2016. Being chosen as a finalist is possible, I’ve done it two awards running. For those who have tried before and not yet succeeded, Try, try again!


Leisa Russell with her 'Wave Rock' piece at the opening night.



Hello, from Su Brown at the WALLACE ROCKHOLE,
an Indigenous Pottery Studio in Alice Springs

September at Wallace Rockhole Pottery has been a very busy time.  Flat out with pots, glazing, kiln firings and wonderful moments of pure joy as everyone became prouder and prouder of their amazing pots.
Please read the little story that is attached and delight in your involvement with this project.  I have not included a story about the exhibition.  I am leaving that to begin compiling this weekend.  A little hint though, it is stunning, and with the comments and amazement at the quality of the work displayed from the sixty odd people at the opening and with twenty sales already, Wallace Rockhole Pottery has made a beautiful statement.
To you all who read this, thank you, your support for the Wallace Rockhole Pottery, in all of the various capacities, is what makes this project such a resounding and ongoing success.
Read on,
Su Brown

September at Wallace Rockhole.

What do I like most about being in the centre of Australia?  Life is just not about the colour of your shoes.   In fact, every ones shoes look the same, a dusty red.

Some days I feel like I’m in the middle of a crazy Monty Python skit.  Looking out of the pottery, a child goes sailing down the road in a wheel chair, sitting back as though in an armchair;  then three kids on a pushbike one pedalling and two balanced over each wheel like mad “Priscilla’s, Queens of the Desert”.


Kylie, Shirley and Shaylee having fun.

Next a car with children balanced on the roof drives off; a baby in a nappy wanders along the middle of the road with no-one in sight and, to top it off one night looking out to see a spooky torch wandering through the camp ground (which usually only has my camp there) and hear a voice say “It’s only the police doing a patrol”, police here?  We are over 50kms from the nearest station.  Nice to know they are around even though my heart did a flip at the time. 


Slab dish decorated with Honey and Worker Ants by Glenys has a Thorny Devil sculpture sitting on it.


 A beautifully decorated and carved dish by Angela. But back to the pots and what a busy September it has been.  Both Angela Abbott and Glenys Porter have been making pots at every possible chance in their busy lives. 


    Dianne with one of her bush food coolamons. Dianne Abbott has been back in the studio, making pots and keeping us all smiling with her lovely larger than life personality. 


    Kathy with a large slab vase she has decorated. Kathy Breaden has made a few pots, she will quietly appear and sit down to make the work she loves most, very tiny bush foods.


Airbrushed container, coil built by Angela Abbott

Buster’s water jugs.

Buster Bentley has finished his water jugs, he had coil built the jugs before I arrived back to the community, his pottery time fits around his trips away for work. 


Bernard uses his own style for decorating.

We have once again managed to encourage Bernard Abbott to sit down in the studio and decorate.  Bernard’s paintings are well known and he has used his style on plates to great effect.

And our little potters, the children, fourteen of them have finished a great piece each for our exhibition.  The little ones all made a Thorny Devil and the older classes a large Coolamon.  There are twenty children at the school.  The school has the rule, no school on Monday, no to pottery for you that week.  

The Exhibition has gathered quite a bit of interest.  Word has spread and we are having visitors to look at what is being produced here at Wallace Rockhole.   It is very hard to say no sales until the exhibition, but we have to, or else we would have a very small show, as some folk really would like to pre-purchase the ceramics.  


A plate by Shirley aged 10, one of our young potters.


Travis another school child made this one, great, hey?

The community is abuzz with talk of the up-coming show and they drop in to look and admire and talk of their plans to also be part of the pottery. 

2015 will see the pottery make a move from the old Super-market loading bay into the actual Super-market store.  We need the larger space and now after four years of operation the local folk know where we are and what we are doing and their shyness has been overcome, they will not be too shy to look for us.  

My time here at the community and working in the pottery is intense and can really test my skills as a potter and I am very thankful for the solid grounding in ceramics my past tutors had given me.  It is very exciting to be able to be part of this project and use those skills to the best of my ability.

Having students such as Angela Abbott, who jump at any suggestions, is full of questions and the joy of working with clay is delightful.  I am sure, Angela will be a ceramist for life.

Your support for this project is making it possible, thank you from all of us at Wallace Rockhole.

To all the friends of Wallace Rockhole Pottery we are very proud to give you and all of your friends an invite to our first major exhibition being held in the June Marriott Gallery at Central Craft, The Araluen Cultural Precinct, 61 Larapinta Rd, Alice Springs, NT.

GCPA Member accolades
It has been an amazing couple of months for member Megan Puls.
  • Pre-selected for the Suncoast Clay workers biennial Ignition exhibition and then won the Sculptural award from judge Ted Secombe. 
  • Exhibited at the Port Hacking Ceramic exhibition and received a highly commended by judge Patsy Hely.
  • Highly commended at the Gympie Regional Gallery.
  • Grand prize covering all art mediums at the Kenilworth Art Trophy competition (as well as the 3D award)
  • Pre-selected for the Canadian Medalta Spoon-Me exhibition

Member Anne Mossman has also had some success
  • Pre-selected for the Suncoast Clay workers biennial Ignition exhibition and then won the Members award from judge Ted Secombe. 
  • Pre-selected for the Canadian Medalta Spoon-Me exhibition and was Purchase Prize Winner (with the work going into the museum collection).
Checkout Anne and Megan's facebook pages for photographs of their winning pieces.



Share Your Success

GCPA is about our members, let’s show everyone how great you are.  If you have a win, a personal exhibition, giving a workshop, or complete a piece of which you are especially proud – tell us about it so we can boast about you on our Facebook page.
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We'd love to hear your thoughts about our new newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions!
Also, if you would like to contribute something to a future newsletter (member news, interviews or articles of interest, pottery items for sale etc.) please send details in the body of an email or attached as an unformatted word document along with any JPEG images to by the first Friday of the month.

Thank you!


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facebook or instagram don't forget to follow us, there are some great images posted of the Art & Craft Market day...remember you can also find images & information about past workshops, events & more on the GCPA website.

Kiln Prices

Just a reminder that the new prices are:
Minnie - $15
Members' Electric - $60
Members' Gas - $60
Mudgeeraba Members' Kiln - $50



Teacher for Children’s class at Mudgeeraba.

The successful applicant would:-
  • Be an experienced potter and able to teach, at all levels, both hand building and wheel throwing and maintain appropriate paperwork
  • Be experienced with glazing and other decorative techniques
  • Be familiar with loading and firing electric kilns 
  • Be required to share with other teachers the general duties of running a studio such as glaze making, loading and unloading kilns, studio working bees and teachers meetings.
  • Be required to prepare and clean up around the set class times and leave the studio clean and tidy after each class.
  • Be able to relate to children in a learning environment.
  • Have or be prepared to obtain a Blue Card.
  • As the teachers work independently under the umbrella of the Gold Coast Potters Assoc Inc the successful applicant would also need:
  • To be a financial member of the Gold Coast Potters Assoc Inc 
  • To have a current ABN number – or be prepared to get one
  • To have current public liability insurance - or be prepared to get it
Remuneration is based on a per student fee of 25.—Dollars per child per lesson, less 2.—Dollars clay costs and 5.—Dollars rental paid to the Gold Coast Potters Assoc Inc, an amount determined by the committee. Classes run per school term for 2 hours.
Alternatively holiday classes could be an option.

Picasso's Ceramics West Burleigh

Question: Need pottery supplies?  
Answer: Picasso's Ceramics 07 5535 2449


Picasso's is the Gold Coast distributor for all ceramic brands including: Amaco, Cesco, Crythsanthos, Decal Specialists, Duncans, Feeneys, Keane Ceramics, Venco, Clayworks Australia, Walker Ceramics, and Mayco Colours. They stock everything from block clay, underglazes, decals, brushes, tools, mountains of beautiful greenware, raw materials and frits. Studio equipment, kiln furniture, great transfers and bisque and glazes. You name it - Brad has it at Picasso's Ceramics.

If you would like to join one of their Ceramic Classes the sitting fee is only $7.50 per session which includes free professional advice, use of our air gun, in-house patterns, tea and coffee and great company! Check out lots more on Facebook!

41B Tallebudgera Creek Rd  West Burleigh
07 5535 2449

Private Pottery Classes with Lynette Rogers

Weekly or casual classes, for one or two students, in a large, fully equipped, well lit studio with river breezes & mountain views; a joy to play in! You will receive her undivided attention while learning wheel throwing (Lynette has three wheels, one for left handers), hand building, slip casting, decorating or glazing.

Certificate III in Ceramics 
Certificate IV in Ceramics 
Diploma in Ceramics 
Certificate in Wheel Throwing
Workshops for Adults & Children
Teacher to Children & Adults on the Gold Coast
Blue Card holder
Many Exhibition Prizes
Site Specific Installations

Lynette Rogers
07 5594 3307
0412 197 508
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