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by Susan Jackson (subscribe)
Gold Coast Explorer since Jan 2010. Always on the lookout for fun, family things to enjoy with my four kids.
Published April 2nd 2012
News for Potters

The work of Lynette Rogers can be viewed in the Clay Art Benowa Gallery (Image courtesy of the GC Potters)

News for Potters - Not information relating to Harry Potter going digital with e-book sales – but an introduction to a little gem of a place I have discovered on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Potters with their studios, in Benowa and Mudgeeraba, offer a range of classes and workshops, a gallery exhibiting creative pieces from a talented collective of members and events scheduled for art and craft lovers. It's definitely well worth a visit.

The next event to diarise is the upcoming Market Day on Sun 6th of May, which will have a range of handcrafted items, in addition to pottery, for sale. Clay Art Benowa, the gallery in the grounds, will also be welcoming a new exhibiting artist by the name of Maurice Heim, that day too.

The Empty Bowls Charity Event is on Sunday 17th June. Buy a bowl from a myriad of choice, fill with delicious food and take your bowl home afterwards. This third annual charity fundraiser is worth supporting.

Gold Coast Potters Workshop
Whether you are keen to find a unique gift at Market Day, are interested in pottery classes for yourself or your kids or wish to support fundraising efforts at the Empty Bowls Charity Event, then definitely visit and find out first hand what the Potters do.

This thriving association offers a rich variety of experiences in the company of creative, friendly and genuine people. The "Claypen" - the Potter's monthly newsletter, is packed with information and photos and radiates the flavour of this group who are passionate about their pottery.

Proud Potters
Image courtesy of the GC Potters website

Art & Crafters Market

Art & Crafters Market at GC Potters on Sun 6th May

Mother's Day is on Sunday May 13th in 2012. Beautifully handcrafted Mother's Day Gifts will be on sale at the Potters Market Day the Sunday prior, May 6th, which is great timing if you don't yet have a gift for your mum.
Suki Mead
"Suki Mead
Image courtesy of GC Potters)

Event: Art & Crafters Market Day
At: Gold Coast Potters & Sculptors Corner (Cnr Ashmore Rd & Carrara St, Benowa)
When: Sunday 6th May, 2012
Time: 9am – 2pm
Cost: Free

The range of Art & Craft items include:
Ceramics, Sculptures, Jewellery, Wood Turned items and much more in an open setting under shady trees which will be offering: a Sausage Sizzle, Devonshire Teas and home made edible treats. Take it from me - the fudge is delicious.

Empty Bowls Event

Last year's event was described as:
"A glorious day, 500 beautiful bowls, great food, hundreds of guests, over $7,500 raised to feed the homeless and needy– a huge success."

If you haven't heard of this unique fundraiser, in short:
Bowls are made prior to the event. Bowl decorating takes place in workshops anyone is free to join in. Wonderful food is served on the day, which you eat in your choice of bowl, purchased from the colourful array on display. You then get to take your bowl home at the end of the event. Funds raised go to feeding the homeless and needy on the Gold Coast.

Choose your bowl from the colourful collection on display (Image courtesy of GC Potters website)

The newsletter covering last year's event can be read here.
Choose your bowl from the colourful collection on display (Image courtesy of GC Potters website)

Details of the 2012 Empty Bowls event are:
Where: Gold Coast Potters & Sculptors Corner (Cnr Ashmore Rd & Carrara St, Benowa)
When: Sunday 17 June
Mark the date on your calendar and click here for details closer to the event.

Megan Pulls at the wheel
(Image courtesy of GC Potters website)

Maurice Heim Joins Clay Art Benowa

The old post office is the home of the Clay Art Benowa Gallery (Image courtesy of GC Potters)

Clay Art Benowa is a collective of Gold Coast clay artists, housed in the old post office cottage, which sits in the grounds of the Potters premises at Benowa. They are open Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm, offer a free cup of tea or coffee and an opportunity to browse the artwork of the featured local artists:
Di Buckland, Joan Smith, Joanne McFaul, Kathryn Mitchell, Lorraine & Alan Whyte, Lynette Rogers & new member Maurice Heim.

Checkout the profiles of the exhibiting members here.

The work of Kathryn Mitchell

The gallery displays their work in a historic setting. I find the delicate feathers painted by Kathryn Mitchell quite beautiful. The cheerful use of colour in Lynette Roger's work and the clay apples of Joanne McFaul also appeal to me.

Maurice Heim
Maurice Heim painting for the Empty Bowls event

The attractive miniature vessels and bonsai dishes created by Maurice Heim will be on display, as he is welcomed as a new member to the gallery on Market Day. I met Maurice at one of the bowl painting days. We shared a few African stories, from the continent we both called home for a time in our lives. Born and educated in Australia, Maurice spent 12 years in Kenya, where he: "worked mainly as a consultant, developing clay bodies, designing and building kilns, setting up potteries, solving potters' problems and working often in remote areas on development issues".

One of Maurice's miniature vessels (Image courtesy of GC Potters website)
Opening details are:
Date: Sun 6 May
Where: Cnr Ashmore Rd & Carrara St, Benowa
Time: 12 – 2
Info: wine and nibbles provided
RSVP: Lynette Rogers on 0412 197 508 or email:

The gallery would make a good Sunday trip out. Small, yet filled with talent, it's worth a visit.

Pottery Classes

Porcelain fish
Nanette Hall's porcelain fish

For a summary of classes available, dates and times, click here.

GC Potters offers children's pottery classes

Children's Saturday morning classes are also offered.
Lynette Rogers, T: (07) 5594 3307, runs the classes at Benowa and
Lorraine Whyte, T: 0425 665 065, teaches the Mudgeeraba classes. Give them a call if you would like to hear more about what they do or complete the enquiry form on the website.
Lynette Rogers also offers Children's Holiday Workshops. Call her on the number above for details.

In the kiln (Image courtesy of GC Potters website)
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Why? Lots of reasons: Buy a unique Mother's Day gift, learn a new skill, pottery classes for children, visit a Gallery, support a great fundraiser....
Where: Gold Coast Potters, Benowa (Cnr Ashmore Rd & Carrara St)
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