A new fire is about to be lit in Cooroy for ceramic arts

Starting the Fire is the inaugural event of the newly formed Ceramic Centre for Excellence, based in Cooroy, but representing South East Queensland.

This organisation is supporting and fostering ceramic practice in the Noosa Shire and beyond.

Starting the Fire is a two week event to be held at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple St, Cooroy. The event features a members' exhibition and drop in ceramics lounge, a chance to meet a practising artist. Central to the event is a hot weekend of ceramic activity on March 12 and 13.

Think: opening, launch of new equipment, workshops, and a soup luncheon in hand made bowls.

The exhibition began on March 5th and runs for 2 weeks until March 16th. Opening Sunday March 13 at 10.30am. The exhibition will be officially opened by internationally acclaimed woodfire ceramic artist Neil Hoffman, from Reedy Marsh Pottery, Tasmania on Sunday March 13 at 10.30am.

This is the first of several events that will culminate in the next Triennial Australasian and International Woodfire Ceramic Arts Conference "Smoke on the Water' which will be held in Cooroy at the end of June 2017.

Neil Hoffman convened "Woodfire Tasmania 2011" and after the exhibition opening on March 13, Neil will give a presentation.

This will lead into a panel discussion "What opportunities does an international ceramics conference offer the Cooroy community?"

All members of the local Cooroy community are invited to attend.

Neil will also be running a demonstration workshop on 12th March for local artists.

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