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Pottery Exhibit Shaping Up To Be Best Yet

Story: Alyssa Mackay | Photo: Pete Johnson
Published On : Sep 28, 2021
Pottery Exhibit Shaping Up to Be Best Yet
Cristina Austin knew within the first two hours of playing with clay that she was in it for life.

As the Vice President of the Redcliffe Pottery Group, Cristina is hoping other pottery-obsessed people and art lovers alike will visit the group’s free annual exhibition, Clay on Display, this month.

A unique and impressive collection of hand-built and wheel-thrown pieces will be on display at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre until Sunday, 24 October.

“This year the focus seems to be on the quirky and whimsical, be it a puffer fish teapot or a groovy seventies bohemian chic figurine,” Cristina said. “Imagination has gone wild this year, which is fantastic.”

“Our COVID lockdown restrictions have also given our members some time at home to prepare and develop their wonderful creations.”

This year, Cristina will be displaying both wheel-thrown and hand-built pieces.

“I am primarily a wheel thrower, so a lot of my work is based on functional ware,” she said. “However, this year I have toyed with a bit of hand building, which I have found quite challenging and fun.”

Cristina said she has always been a creative person. “Working with my hands and accomplishing detailed work came easy to me,” she said. “So with my desire to give wheel throwing a go, I did just that about four years ago at the Redcliffe Pottery Club and I loved it. I was able to pick it up almost immediately and quite easily, and then became a permanent fixture at the club.

“I am now tutoring wheel throwing at the club and I can always pick out who is in it for life, or who is in it for fun. It’s very obsessive!”

All the pieces on display will be available for purchase by those seeking unique gifts.

“I am so excited knowing that this year we have so many new members who have brought forward an explosion of creative inspiration,” Cristina said.

“It’s wonderful to see the amazing creativity that emerges from so many different personalities but all with one thing in common, a love for pottery.”

For more information go to www.redcliffe-pottery-group...

Clay on Display
Tuesday, 28 September – Sunday, 24 October
Stage Door Gallery
Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
Downs Street, Redcliffe.
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