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"Melting Pots 2001: Cairns Potters Club Biennial Exhibition"
2001-09-14 until 2001-10-14
Cairns Regional Gallery
Melting Pots 2001 is a competitive exhibition, which is promoted nationally by the Cairns Potters Club through the Pottery in Australia publication, with over $6,000 in prizes on offer.
Attracting over 82 entries this year, this is the sixth time the Cairns Potters Club has staged such an exhibition, with Potters Club President Lone White saying the event gave ceramicists the opportunity to go wild.
This year we’re encouraging artists to break out. This is the time potters will try to do something special, because its for an exhibition, as opposed to having to be functional, Ms White said.
Pieces featured in Melting Pot 2001 range from the weird to the wonderful – fun pieces to functional, with quite a lot of sculptural works, she said.
Melting Pot 2001 features the work of artists from across the Far Northern region, including Cooktown, the Atherton Tablelands and Mission Beach, with some artworks travelling from much further afield including Tasmania, Melbourne and Townsville.
The Cairns Potters Club, which was established in 1974, has over 100 regional members, which come together twice a year for workshops with national and international artists.
The primary focus of the group is to establish a regional ceramic entity, identifying commercial opportunities, while promoting the work of local artists throughout Australia.
Judging of the Melting Pot 2001 will be performed by Victorian ceramicist Ted Secombe, who is recognised as a classical ceramicist specialising in crystaline glazework.