POTTING MAD: Murwillumbah potters Shirly Featherstone, Lorraine Emanuel, Madeleine Murry, Ronda Luland and Ann Lee unpack their kiln ahead of the August Mud Trail.
POTTING MAD: Murwillumbah potters Shirly Featherstone, Lorraine Emanuel, Madeleine Murry, Ronda Luland and Ann Lee unpack their kiln ahead of the August Mud Trail. Scott Powick

Follow mud trail to see Murwillumbah Potters

THE infinitely varied work of more than 10 local potters has been pulled out of a primitive "fire pit", in preparation for Murwillumbah Potters Club's participation in the North Coast Mud Trail this month.

Club co-ordinator and 42-year potting veteran, Ann Lee, said the pit kiln was a fairly radical way to fire pots, as it reached 800 degrees in a very short time, which could lead to cracking and breaking.

"But what survives is usually very beautiful," she said.

The club, which has 30 active members, was concentrating on having works ready for exhibition and sale during the Mud Trail weekend on August 20-21.

The Mud Trail is an open studios tour allowing interested people to visit potteries in the area.

Alongside the exhibition, Murwillumbah club members will throw a barbecue and stage

demonstrations at its headquarters, the old Fernvale School, which turns 100 in September.

"Fernvale School is celebrating 100 years as a continuous learning space, first as a public school for 56 years and then as teaching potters club for the past 40,"Ann said.

A reunion of past students and potters will be held on September 18.

Phone 0428 723 300 for details.

More than 30 ceramic artists on the far north coast are set to open their studios to the public for the annual North Coast Mud Trail.

Now in its fourth year, the North Coast Mud Trail is part of a nationwide open studios weekend hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association. 

Visitors can see practical demonstrations, get their hands dirty in workshops, be inspired by artists' talks, buy original ceramics direct from the maker, or simply soak up the atmosphere of a working studio.

Studios will be open 10am-4pm and entry is free.

Pick up event brochures in galleries and cafes throughout the Byron, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore shires.

Or follow the latest event updates on their Facebook page. For more information call Jenn on 0409 937 718.


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