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Volunteer for Fired Up 2021

Fired Up 2021

Canberra Potters is excited to present Fired Up 2021: a festival celebrating Canberra’s ceramics community. For more information on the event, please head to the Fired Up 2021 event page.

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer with Canberra Potters you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about contemporary pottery through direct engagement with arts professionals
  • Meet like-minded pottery enthusiasts and professionals
  • Be able to share your own passion and knowledge for pottery
  • Gain experience at Canberra’s leading ceramics organisation

You will receive the appropriate training and have the opportunity to perform a variety of duties depending on your area/s of interest, skills and experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a number of areas in which we require volunteers for the event. Please read over the list below to get an understanding of where you might fit in!

  • Event bump-in and bump-out
    Help set up Canberra Potters for the event: tidying and arranging workshop spaces, setting out seating, rigging lights, and then packing it all down at the end of the night!
  • Soup bowl and raku piece making (PAID)
    We are going to be running a Soup and Bowl stall and we are in need of bowls. The premise is people can buy the bowl and we’ll fill it with soup. Yum! Throw, slab, pinch – whatever your style, we need people to make pots!

Approx. sizes of finished bowls: 

Big: 15cm diameter, 8cm tall - $25 per bowl

Small: 12cm diameter, 5cm tall - $15 per bowl

We are doing booked raku sessions for the event so will need a bunch of small critters/planters/creatures/fun things for participants to choose from. They will get fired and taken home with tales of fire and joy.

Raku pieces: under 10cm height - $4 per piece. Please no food-style “functional” ware.

Please contact Abbey directly at [email protected] if you’re interested in making for this. All raku pieces (greenware is fine) and finished bowls can be dropped off to the office or the shop (with a note - name and contact details).

  • Soup makers and servers
    Volunteer to make soup for the event (we’ll provide the ingredients and recipes) and/or spend some time serving on the day.
  • Throwing/trimming demonstrators
    We will have ongoing throwing demonstrations for the duration of the event. This is a good chance to share your skills with an appreciative audience.
  • Raku firing and glazing
    Under the guidance of James Collier, raku volunteers will help fire the raku kilns and assist visitors in glazing their raku pieces before firing. Some experience is required for this position.
  • Have a Go, Have a Throw
    Under the guidance of an experienced potter, ‘Have a Go, Have a Throw’ volunteers will help visitors (pre-booked) create their own wheel-thrown wonders! This is always super popular, so expect to be on your feet for the duration of your shift. Throwing skills required.
  • Handbuilding Table
    Under the guidance of an experienced potter, handbuilding volunteers will help visitors (pre-booked) create handbuilt clay critters! Handbuilding skills required.
  • Event floaters
    You’ll help wherever you’re needed! Floaters will fit in when we need an extra set of hands for a particular event or if someone doesn’t show up to their shift, as well as greeting, assisting and directing visitors.
  • Covid marshals
    Spend a bit of time helping us with our number control and maintaining the flow of the carpark. 

Time Commitment
We have so many things for you to help with, so are flexible with the commitment we require from our volunteers however we request a minimum of a one hour commitment. Whether you’re prepared to volunteer for an hour or the full day, we would love to have you on board. Please note that some roles require experience or physical labour.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the below form and we will be in touch! 

Volunteer registrations due 9am Monday 19 July 2021.

Fired Up Volunteer Registration