Woodfire ceramics exhibition draws international talent

The Bega Valley Regional Gallery will host an exhibition of woodfire ceramics by potters from Europe, Asia, South America and the USA, as well as interstate and local practitioners this month.

The exhibition will be part of the On the Edge of the Shelf festival of wood-fired ceramics being held in Mystery Bay, just south of Narooma.

Cobargo potter, Daniel Lafferty, will convene the festival which is also held in association with the International Ceramics Symposium.

The three-week festival will create a community of potters working and living together, where ideas will be freely exchanged and the art of woodfiring celebrated.

Regional Gallery Curator, Iain Dawson, said On The Edge of the Shelf will bring together people who enjoy the fire as much as the clay, with potters attending from eight countries and from across Australia.

“The festival is the latest in a series of events held internationally and the first for Australia,” he said.

“It’s a festival for everyone; wood-firers, potters, ceramicists, sculptors, students, teachers and anyone else with an interest in pottery and ceramics.

“Local ceramic artist Daniel Lafferty has built a program of significant events, visual presentations, films, markets and the building of an anagama kiln (an ancient type of pottery kiln brought to Japan from China via Korea in the fifth century).

“In what promises to be a fascinating and important cross-cultural event in the region, the artists involved will present an exhibition at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery from May 2 to 24.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for lovers of ceramics to view the works of artists from Europe, South and North America, Africa and Asia.

“This is probably one of the most international exhibitions ever held at the Gallery."

The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 2 May, from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information about the exhibition and the woodfire festival, click here.

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