Something from a past event this year.
Saturday 28th June was a special day at CCPS. Judy Barrett, our oldest member still potting, generously shared her time and some of her fascinating life story and gave a demonstration of her pottery wheel skills.
Judy has been potting for 45 years. She trained under some of Sydney's first potters and knew most of the key people involved in pottery in Sydney from the early 1960's. During our interview with her she mentioned, Velma Boos & Gary Booth who trained with David Leech in the UK. She was around in the early days of the Ceramics Study Group and was part of the experimenting and learning taking place in the Australian pottery scene at that time. Over almost five decades Judy has witnessed the many, many changes that have occurred in Australian pottery.
Before pottery, Judy studied at the University of Sydney between 1944 and 1949. In this time she obtained a Bachelor of Science, studied an Honors year and completed a Masters in Biochemistry. Later she travelled to the UK and carried out her Phd studies at Redding University. She is an accomplished and quite remarkable woman.
Judy has made pottery her life. She brought up her family from sales of her work and still pots today.
Here are a few images from the day.
What a busy and successful day. As Claire Halon, CCPS president, remarked "The weather was perfect and our
members and visitors, who participated,
achieved some excellent results".
The pit was opened after firing for 2 days and revealed some wonderful effects. Anniss Seymour's pieces from this firing made it into the Gosford Art Prize exhibition.
Raku firings were the focus of the day and with so many enthusiastic participants many (seemingly endless) pots were glazed, fired and reduced with some stunning results.
Make sure you get along to the next firing to practice your raku skills and learn some new ones. Check out the what's on page for further events.
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