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The Port Hacking Potters Group proudly presents the 50th National Pottery Competition & Exhibition. Image courtesy of the Port Hacking Potters Group.
The exhibition will run from Saturday the 20th to Tuesday the 30th of October from 10am to 5pm daily. The official opening and presentation of the awards will start from 2pm on Saturday the 20th of October.
As part of the celebrations, there will be a special Golden Anniversary Award on offer. This is an award where you as a potter or sculptor would have been inspired by the work of one of three of their previous judges; Peter Rushforth, Peter Travis or Ivan McMeekin.
Who wouldn't be inspired by these magnificent pieces created by 1. Peter Rushforth, 2. Ivan McMeekin and 3. Peter Travis. Image by Gary Brown.
To judge this award and the six other awards (2 more than in 2016) the Port Hacking Potters have enlisted the expertise of three distinguished judges, Janet De Boos, Merran Esson and Shannon Garson, who will have the pleasure and difficult task of judging the winners of the following categories:
Golden Anniversary Award The Port Hacking Potters Award Indigenous Award Open Wheel Thrown Award. Opened Hand formed and Sculpture Award Student Wheel Thrown Award Student Hand Formed or Sculpture Award
While there, you will be able to view the pieces that have been entered into this competition and put in an entry for the People's Choice Award. There will also be a Masterclass, talks by their judges and demonstrations by some of their members.
PREVIOUS WINNERS FROM 2016.
Previous winners from 2016. Image courtesy of the Port Hacking Potters Group.
Are you a professional or amateur ceramic enthusiast who has been creating pottery/sculptures from within Australia and you would like to enter into this prestigious competition? Not a problem! Anyone can enter and you have until the close of business on Tuesday the 9th of October.
So, get onto the spinning wheel or sculpt up your latest creation and get your entry in.
The Port Hacking Potters group held their first meeting on Tuesday 6 February, 1962 at 34 Caronia Ave, Cronulla and there were 10 ladies present. Between 1962 and 1968, the group began a series of visits to potteries and workshops.
In 1968, the group became a division of the Cronulla School of Arts. From that time on, meetings have been held in the upstairs rooms on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm.
The Port Hacking Potters Group has amassed a permanent collection of pots from well-known potters such as Peter Travis, Peter Rushforth and Shiga Shigeo to name a few. The group has an extensive collection of fine pottery books and some pottery equipment, all housed in storage areas in the Cronulla School of Arts.
From the inception of the group, the members have held a National competition and exhibition of pottery works encouraging national and international potters to enter. Part of the proceeds has been donated to a local charity, which is currently the local Assistance Dogs Australia.
From 2002, the Port Hacking Potters Group has held the national exhibition and competition every two years at Hazelhurst.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER?
Have you been creating your own pottery or sculptures for some time now and have been looking for somewhere to go and meet like-minded artists?
Why not go along to one of the Port Hacking Potters Groups meetings on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm and tell them about what you do. Maybe you could take along some of your work to show them.
Jug by Anna Ryland, President of the Port Hacking Potters Group. Image courtesy of Anna Ryland.
Once you are a member, you will be able to attend guest demonstrations, have sales opportunities, access to an electric kiln at reasonable rates, a monthly newsletter, limited use of the Hazlehurst Regional Gallery's pottery studio for a small fee, plus much more.
While at the 50th National Pottery Competition & Exhibition, you should take the time to look around the rest of the grounds at the Hazelhurst Sutherland Shire Arts Centre and don't forget to check out their scrumptious menu.