CREATIVITY: Suncoast Clayworkers president Jackie Gasson at her Ilkley shed
CREATIVITY: Suncoast Clayworkers president Jackie Gasson at her Ilkley shed

Share secrets of claywork at Spring Fever

CREATIVE clayworkers from across the Coast will come together on September 6-9 for the biennial Spring Fever.

Those already initiated and those wanting to get into clay work are all welcome.

"It will make your head absolutely buzz," Suncoast Clay workers president Jackie Gasson said.

To be interested in clay to start with is the biggest thing and then to find people who are inspired as well as inspiring is such a big bonus."

Ms Gasson, 73, leads the umbrella group Suncoast Clayworkers which regularly brings together about 100 clay workers from around the Coast to meet at her studio in Ilkley and share their ideas, solve problems and learn about new techniques.

The group's membership ages ranges from 35 to 90, with most of them over 60.

"We use our money to assist the members to create better-quality work or to learn more about new work," Ms Gasson said.

"We don't just sit on our bottoms and drink coffee.

"We actually do things and invite national and international artists to join us.

"There is constant stimulation."

At this year's Spring Fever there will be eight leading tutors, with at least six demonstrating at any one time.

"The idea is you pull up a chair and join them in a small group, so you can ask questions," Ms Gasson said.

"Later on we will come together for forums to discuss problem-solving with such things as glazes, firing kilns and even marketing.

"We hope the delegates that attend will be stimulated enough to produce new bodies of work which they can exhibit at our biennial Ignition exhibition the following year."

There is still time to register for the three-day event, which is on at the Alex Park Conference Centre, Alexandra Headland.


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