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Canberra Potters, Watson Arts Centre
1 Aspinall St Watson, ACT, 2602
DATE & TIme
Saturday 12 August 2023
3pm to 8pm
Entry by gold coin donation, some additional paid events.
About the Festival
Bookings are now closed.
Our popular “Have A Go” user experience sessions allow for visitors to try handbuilding, wheel throwing or glazing their own raku piece under the guidance of our expert potters!
Have a go at Raku Firing:
Raku firing is all flame, smoke and excitement. A fast-firing process that can produce beautiful finishes.
Choose a raku piece and glaze it with help from our experienced volunteers, then watch while our Raku Firers put it through a firing. You will be able to take your piece home to enjoy!
Raku pieces are purely decorative. Pieces are NOT suitable for fresh flower arrangements, food or drink.
Book for yourself or a group. Suitable for adults and children over 7 years of age.
Bookings are essential for this event. As sessions are time sensitive late arrival may result in loss of your booked session.
Have a go at Handbuilding:
Spend some time hand building your own small creations with clay. Enjoy the tactile and creative alchemy of clay with a potter to guide your experience.
Sessions allow for 20 to 25 minutes building with a 5 to 10 minute clean up.
These sessions are suitable for adults and children over 5 years of age.
Book in for yourself or for groups of up to 8 each session.
Places are limited so bookings are essential. Failure to arrive on time may result in the loss of your booked session.
Have a Go, Have a Throw (Wheelthrowing):
Always wanted to have a go at throwing clay on a potter’s wheel? Here’s your opportunity! As part of our Fired Up Winter Festival book into a session and try your hand at throwing on the wheel.
You will receive three balls of clay to throw on the wheel with help from a potter. These timed sessions are 30 minutes with 20 minutes of throwing and ten minutes to set up & clean up between participants.
Book in for yourself or a group. Suitable for adults and children over 7 years of age.
We will not be firing work made at this event. All clay will be recycled to use again.
Bookings are essential for this event. Sessions are time sensitive so please arrive 5 minutes ahead of your session. We may not be able to accommodate you if you arrive after your session has commenced.
We’re thrilled to have a custom-built petal kiln as a new addition to this year’s event!
A petal kiln is a unique, site-specific kiln that offers a captivating and dramatic experience for viewers. The name “petal kiln” derives from the design of the kiln. It is composed of individually hinged panels, reminiscent of the petals of a flower. These panels are carefully fabricated in such a way that they can be opened, like the petals of a flower, once the kiln reaches the desired temperature - revealing a handmade sculpture glowing at an impressive 1200°C.
Our petal is a wood-fired kiln which has been designed and constructed by Canberra Potters workshop staff Dan Venables and Joey Burns.
The sculpture showcased within the petal kiln has been conceived by artist Maryke Henderson. With her artistic vision, Henderson has created a captivating piece that takes full advantage of the unique environment provided by the kiln. The sculpture has been constructed by Elena Alvarado Benavides, Alice Bowers, Maryke Henderson, Abbey Jamieson and Dan Venables.
The petal kiln will be fired by skilled staff and volunteers on the day of Fired Up 2023. Late in the evening, visitors will be treated to the dramatic opening of the kiln, revealing the glowing sculpture bathed in intense heat and vibrant colors. Don’t miss this captivating centerpiece and unforgettable experience at Fired Up 2023.
Demonstrations & Open Studios
Find more details in our online program (top of page)!
Guest Demonstrating Artists will delve a little deeper into their practices, showcasing their skills in hour-long demonstrations: a unique chance to see what these artists do and ask them about their processes.
Canberra Potters’ Studio Tenants will be opening their doors and demonstrating what it is they do! This is a brilliant opportunity to see how pottery and ceramic art is made and discuss the ins and outs with the maker.
Looking for something a bit more relaxed? Why not take a seat in our Potter’s Lounge, where staff from out Canberra Potters’ Teaching Team will be showcasing quick demonstrations of all things clay!
Featuring: Georgie Bryant | Chris Harford | Maryke Henderson | Erin Kocaj | Jackie Lallemand | Fran Romano
Meet some of Canberra’s finest potters and ceramic artists and buy original, handmade ceramics including planter pots, tableware, sculptures, jewellery, vases and more, directly from the maker.
Blackburn Studio | Braidwood Clayworks | Canberra Red | Gingko Cottage | imPAWfect creations | Josephine Townsend Ceramics | Kate McKay Ceramics | P and P | P4P (P for Pottery) | Sandie Johnston Ceramics and Colette’s Clay Creations | Stephanie Johnston Designs | Urayarra Pottery
Food, Drinks & Entertainment
Food & Drinks
Our ever-popular “soup and a bowl” event is back! Visitors are invited to buy handmade bowls by Canberra Potters members and students, and have them filled with delicious warming home made soup for free. We also have a “mug and mulled wine” deal: you buy a mug from our shop and we’ll fill it with warming mulled wine for free!
Soup and mulled wine not you thing? Sylvie & Bruno Coffee will be providing all of your coffee, tea and hot chocolate needs (and Poffetjes!), fresh potato rosti and curries will be available from The Hot Skillet, plus beer and non-alcoholic beverages from Bentspoke.
Local musicians LEILA and Jarrod and Lachlan will entertain the crowds, light-up dancer Ella Phoenix and fire twirlers Jack Bell & Friends are on the program to add to the atmosphere and keep you entertained all evening.
Our chook raffle is back for Fired Up 2023!
Created by local artist and Canberra Potters member and teacher, Jackie Lallemand, this characterful chook “Princess Lay-a” is looking for her forever home!
To be in with a chance to take her home, come into the Canberra Potters Shop to buy your raffle tickets.
1 ticket for $5 or
3 tickets for $12.
Please note, we are card only, no cash.
The winner of our beautiful Fired Up Raffle Chook will be announced at Fired Up, 12 August, at 7.30pm. The winner will be called, so keep your phone handy!