About Us

The Warwick Potter’s Association Inc. was formed in 1973 by a group of likeminded folk interested in pottery came together to learn, conduct workshops and look to the future of pottery on the Southern Downs.

History

 

The Warwick Pottery Association Inc. Potters’ Place Gallery and work studio located in Barnes Park 63 Horsman Road Warwick. Regular pottery classes for advanced and beginner potters are offered in all facets of pottery including hand building and wheel work. Members meet weekly and firing of pottery in the kilns is coordinated by an experienced member. New members are mentored by experienced and trained members to introduce them to the various sections of pottery. Visiting tutors are invited throughout the year to conduct workshops in different aspects of pottery. Our own experienced and talented members offer lessons and workshops at the Potters’ Club house.

 

 

History

School building and homes were the first meeting places for the fledgling group in Warwick. The first known tutor was Mr. Charles Ashley (1869 - 1929) teaching freehand, perspective and geometrical drawing, design and painting as well as wood carving, pottery and china painting.

Mr. Berry arrived as a teacher in Warwick and worked mainly with white earthenware clay, using under glaze colours, similar to the old English Doulton type ware. In 1973 his wife Dianne introduced several Warwick ladies to the pottery wheel and to stoneware ring techniques. These ladies were to go on to establish the Warwick Potters Association. Mrs Betty Prendergast was the first Warwick Potters President, with Mrs Betty Collins and Mrs Helen Madsen, all at one time or another were on the executive committee helping form the foundations of the vibrant club we see today.

1986 saw the change that was to make the Potters Place what it is now. The then Warwick Council called tenders to remove a timber dwelling from Barnes Park and it was the foresight of Helen Madsen that saw the Potters approach the Council with a suggestion that the Club lease these premises and restore the house and by September an agreement with the Council was entered into. The many back and forth meetings, the legal jargon - but it happened. Following many hours of hard work, plenty of understanding by harassed husbands and children saw the old derelict building formally the Warwick Water Inspectors home transformed into the Potters Place with gallery, workspace and kiln shed. It became the hub for pottery in Warwick and was officially opened on 29th February, 1992 Visiting tutors over the years have been Merv Fenney, Dianne Peach, Yvonne Bowmann, Ted Secombe, Kevin Preston, Bettie Crombie, Ivan England, Lindsay Muir, Ian Currie, Kate French, Helen Charles, Janna Pameijer, Bill Powell to name only a few who have inspired and helped develop our skills.

Craft Markets: 1978 saw the first Warwick Potters’ Warwick Rodeo Country Craft Market coordinated by Helen Madsen. The Potters also organise Jumpers and Jazz Picnic in the Park and the Easter Extravaganza Fair in Leslie Park These continue to support the club financially and in turn the Potters support the community and offer opportunities to local not for profit groups, to fundraise and give local and visiting cottage craft and chance to sell and showcase their craft.

Events and Exhibitions:

Warwick Agricultural Show pottery display and competition showcasing all our members work.

Jumpers and Jazz Hot Pot Soup Night is a feature of the 10 days during the Jumpers and Jazz Festival. We hold a themed clay exhibition, sell handmade pottery bowls with complimentary soup made by members to a backdrop of night stars, Jazz music and roaring pit fire.

Combined Group Christmas Shop and Party celebrates our year of pottery.