The Western Suburbs Clayworkers in Brisbane emerged after a group of TAFE ceramic students from the Southbank Institute, discussed the benefits of belonging to a pottery group where members could network, assist, and guide one another to achieve satisfying outcomes. After a series of fortuitous circumstances, the Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre permitted two people to join them as volunteers and to then instigate a group for ceramic artists, and like-minded people who have a passion for creating with clay.
In January 2005 a meeting of interested people elected a committee to set up and organise the group. During the last six months, members have participated in many mini workshops, a raku firing, outings to galleries and regional pottery groups, and, enjoyed the friendship and stimulation of exchanges in ideas and experiences. Already we have 27 members and their enthusiasm and excitement shows we are filling a void in the Brisbane area.
2021 and beyond
The Clayworkers continue to foster the clay arts with ongoing workshops and updates to equipment and knowledge.