Heathcote to showcase Ceramic Arts Exhibition

Every second year Heathcote Museum & Gallery showcases the works of the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) whose clay works will be on display at the gallery from Saturday, 25 March 2017.

Established in 1993, the Ceramic Arts Association of WA (CAAWA) is a not for profit organisation run by members who aim to promote all aspects of handmade pottery and ceramic sculpture to anyone with an interest in the subject. 

Their exhibition, the CAAWA Members Selective Exhibition, is presented by the Association and all their members, be they students, hobbyists or professional potters who have submitted pieces for selection.

Heathcote Museum & Gallery Curator Jana Braddock said the CAAWA Members Selective Exhibition offered the CAAWA an opportunity to showcase their clay works which are inspired by the old art of pottery and created by their many passionate members.  

“We are delighted to welcome back the CAAWA Annual Selective Exhibition which gives the Perth community from far and wide, an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the wide range of techniques and objects that can be created from clay.” 

CAAWA members who submit their works can be nominated for the following awards by the guest judge.

The Kusnik Award (formally called the Award of Excellence) is named after the Association’s esteemed friend and colleague Mike Kusnik, who has a long history in the ceramic community which ranges from industrial ceramics to the hobby potter. Now in his late 80’s Mike’s interest in ceramic technology is as strong as ever. The Kusnik Award is accompanied by a $2,000 cheque.

The second award is the Judge’s Award which is accompanied by a $500 cheque.

Three Highly Commended awards are also presented.

A People’s Choice Award is promoted, with visitors to the exhibition encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork. Votes are counted near the end of the exhibition and the winner receives a $500 cheque.

This year the CAAWA Selective Exhibition will be opened by internationally acclaimed, Pippin Drysdale, one of Australia’s most accomplished contemporary ceramic artists, with a career spanning 30 years.  Pippin’s works are in high demand by galleries, museums, curators and collectors all around the world.

Pippin will officially open the exhibition on Friday, 24 March at 6.00pm. Members of the public wishing to attend the opening should RSVP by Tuesday, 21 March to heathcote@melville.wa.gov.au or phone 9364 5666.

The exhibition runs from Saturday, 25 March to Sunday, 30 April 2017, at Heathcote Museum & Gallery, Heathcote Cultural Centre, 58 Swan House, Duncraig Road, Applecross. The opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 10.00am to 3.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12noon to 4.00pm.

For more information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/heathcote or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

For information about the Ceramic Arts Association of WA visit www.ceramicartswa.asn.au.