The Pottery Expo has grown from strength to strength as an annual event. Spawned from the heart of local studio potter Jane Annois, it now celebrates its 20th Anniversary over the weekend of 22 & 23 February 2020 from 10am to 5.30pm each day. You'll find the Expo serenely set along the Warrandyte Riverbank, opposite The Pub in Yarra St, Warrandyte. Enjoy 70 ceramic artists from around Australia, along with guest artists from the UK. SEE HERE for the full event info, entertainment and workshops and HERE for the site plan and exhibitor placements.
The weekend will consist of an all-day music program with Ricky Ozimo and roving musicians, Black Cat Bone, Julia Mohr, and Jay Smith and friends, and the Manningham Arts Centre and Clayworks will offer children's clay workshops all weekend, with wheel throwing demonstrations for the public. Cups to Go are back! Made by the exhibitors for sale at the Expo, fill it with delicious hot coffee bought from the coffee cart to enjoy with freshly filled baguettes from Warandyte's CafeNow and Not Yet.
The renown delicious crepes from Stephane le Grand will be back and get your ice cream and smoothies to cool down on a hot day from Max and Marilyn at Ice Indulgence. For something a little stronger, wine and beer from Hops and Vine will be available on Sat 22 Feb from 12-7pm, so enjoy the festivities of a Saturday evening dinner (catered by Warrandyte's favourite NardeeIndian restaurant) on site and a light show over the river with Marc Pascal. Dinner needs booking - $15 per person, hence send an email to email@example.com to be put on the list.
With many lives touched by the bushfires around Australia, do visit the Fundraiser Tent at the Expo. Potters at the Expo are donating pots to raise funds and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to those who have suffered traumatic losses and livelihoods due to the fires.
Enjoy Tent Talks with Slow Clay Centre, which will be informative and inspiring. On Saturday at 12.30pm it kicks off with Open Wide Look Inside: a panel of three artists' studios followed by UK Potters Richard Phethean and John Higgins discussing their work at 3.30pm. Sunday talks are on Establishing at Studio at 12.30pm and at 3.30pm, Take It Out Of The Garden, Slipware exhibition: David Warnock, curator of Manningham Art Gallery, to discuss the exhibition.
CERAMIC WORKSHOPS with two giants of UK ceramics John Higgins and Richard Phethean over the weekend will be held earlier on Sat 15 & Sun 16 Feb from 10am to 5pm at the Warrandyte Community Centre, 168 Yarra St, Warrandyte. Costs are $165 per workshop or $300 for both. You can book directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Jane on 0422 942 216. You can also book online HERE. Higgins and Phethean will explore their individual approaches to terracotta slipware in 2 workshops.
Awards will also be handed out by the Lions Club Warrandyte to the best presented stand and the Warrandyte Riverside Market will present the Michael Hallam INCA Award for innovative contemporary ceramics over the weekend. See the Facebook page for updates and other information as they come to hand. You'll also find info of the Manningham Art Gallery's exhibition of the aforementioned Take it Out of the Garden from Thursday 13 Feb to Sunday 1 March 2020.