PRESIDENT’S REPORT JUNE 2020
As with all of us on Planet Earth, our Valley Potters’ Group has been in Isolation. Unable to offer our wonderful Workshops, Studio visits or Demonstrations, the Committee have still been keeping an eye on restrictions, trying to figure ways of doing things. Keep looking at our Newsletter and Website and with luck we will be back to doing things soon.
In the meantime I hope you are getting a few things done around your Studio, a pot or two being made, a sculpture unfolding??? I have taken time to re arrange and clean my Studio, check my kiln and bat wash the shelves.
Also lots of time alone thinking about this strange world we have been thrown into. I am missing the camaraderie of get togethers, chatting face to face with friends, examining glazes and textures and forms and feet! Gallery visits! When can I get back to them?
All I can report is that we are all getting along as best we can, and I am wishing for health and happiness and a return to a kinder World.
Juliet Widdows, President
Sadly Valley Potters have been unable to offer our scheduled activities due to restrictions placed by the State & Federal Governments due to the COVID 19 virus. We were all able to sneak in the Pottery Expo in February and Herring Island exhibition. We had the Mary Lou Pittard Workshop ready to go in March, but was not able to go ahead. Plans are to hold this workshop in March next year.
Karen, Sharon and I set up the “Out of Hand” exhibition at Marysville and found out that afternoon that all council galleries etc were to close and still remain closed. It is all set up looking fabulous and no one to visit. It is “all dressed up and nowhere to go”. The curator hopes to bump our exhibition along and hold an opening at a later date.
Gulgong 2020 was cancelled with a heavy heart by the organisers and those of us booked and ready to go were very disappointed. However cancellations were done for the right reasons and necessary to keep everyone safe and well.
Hence the Valley Potters Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the Raku firing scheduled for late July. Had there not been the spike in infections in Victorian in the past week and restrictions tightened, we most likely would have gone ahead.
We hope to possibly hold the Raku workshop in August but numbers would be strictly limited and all this is dependent on the COVID 19 situation. We will advise members as soon as it is feasibly possible whether it will go ahead.
There is also the possibility that our AGM could be rescheduled until later in the year. The committee will decide in early August.
The world is in a state of constant flux at the moment, and I think most of you will be like me and just wish for 2020 to be over.
Valley Potters have great ideas and plans for 2021, so look forward for an action packed year next year.
Stay safe and well.
Laura Windmill, Secretary
VALLEY POTTERS INC
TO PROVIDE A POINT OF CONTACT TO FELLOW POTTERS IN VICTORIA AUSTRALIA.
Our aim is to encourage and stimulate members to a higher standard of craftsmanship. To disseminate theoretical, practical and historical knowledge of potters and their endeavours.
The group formed in 1978 by Margaret Holloway as the Dandenong Ceramic Group. The name was changed in 1985 as new members were being attracted from a much wider area.
We are a non-profit organization of approximately 50+ members, situated in the eastern/south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and membership is drawn from the wider Victorian community.
We aim to hold two exhibitions per year, which all members are welcome to participate in, as well as workshops and social events. Members also receive a bi-monthly newsletter. The Acquisition collection of works is on display at Clayworks in Dandenong and is added to each year with a work selected by an independent judge from the group's annual exhibition.
"Wow thank you, and thanks to the Valley Potters for the opportunity to be a part of such a well organized event , congrats to all involved, organizers and fellow potters."
Debbie Weinmann, Enthralled - 2018
2018 "ENTHRALLED" Exhibition, Celebrating Valley Potters 40th
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Samples from the Membership