Smoke on the Water – A Potters’ Party Is On Its Way

Australian Woodfire Ceramics ConferenceThe countdown is on to the Australian Woodfire Ceramics Conference, celebrating the triennial gathering of renowned potters, both local and international.

Smoke on the Water – a potters’ party runs from 28 June  – 1 July  2017, with the mud trail  starting at the conference centre based at the historic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, and stretching to 11 local small hall exhibitions and out to selected kiln venues across the Cooroy Belli Creek Valley, including the art space “Quixotica”.

Artistic Director Rowley Drysdale says, ”The 2017 woodfire conference will unite like-minded potters and lovers of all things ceramic by sharing a program steeped in the magic of woodfiring. Activities will range from presentations to panel discussions, artist projects, demonstrations, Pecha Kucha style talks, a maker’s space, firings, exhibitions and networking opportunities,”

“All this with great Sunshine Coast Hinterland hospitality featuring music, good food, entertainment and fire, and everybody’s welcome” said Rowley.

The program features leading international, national and local figures from the woodfiring cosmos. Invited guests include Kim Se Wan (Korea), Kim Jong Pil (Korea), Shirobey Kobayashi (Japan), Aki Katayama (Japan), Derek Larson (Japan/USA) and Kasumi Ueba (Japan).

Smoke on the Water – a potters’ party will include something for everyone interested in ceramic art and will be an outstanding event on the Sunshine Coast’s 2017 cultural calendar. In addition to conference registration to access panel discussions, special events, the big kilns, workshops and demonstrations, there will also be free events which the public is welcome to join. These will be announced in the next few weeks.

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