Poulton to share expertise

By John Lewis

Well-known Mooroopna ceramic artist Kaye Poulton will run a series of workshops next month for people interested in increasing their clay hand-building experience.

Taking inspiration from the artworks in this year’s Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, participants can work independently and create an original body of work, supported by the expertise of Ms Poulton.

Ms Poulton has been working with clay for 35 years and is known for her raku forms.

She also produces figurative, sculptural and thrown porcelain and stoneware pieces.

She lives near the Goulburn River in Mooroopna and has works in the collection at Shepparton Art Museum. Her work is also available at Craft Victoria, SAM, Bendigo Pottery and various other retailers.

Ms Poulton said she began working with clay in the 1970s in Kerang.

‘‘I enjoyed the malleable feel and endless possibilities of using this wonderful material,’’ Ms Poulton said.

‘‘I enjoy making work on the potter’s wheel as well as hand-formed figurative and sculptural work.

‘‘I make my own glazes from raw materials and enjoy the challenge of the alchemist, constantly adapting and modifying my glazes until they create the right surface and finish for my pieces.

‘‘Working in clay sculpture is a vehicle for self-expression and enables me to explore many aspects of the human condition.

‘‘I am a keen observer of human and animal behaviour and enjoy working on large-scale works and small complex allegorical pieces.’’

This workshop for adults will run Mondays August 5, 12 and 26.

Ms Poulton said August 19 would be skipped to allow for the drying and firing of work.

The workshop is suitable for those with prior clay hand-building experience and all materials and firing are included.

When: Monday, August 5; Monday, August 12; Monday, August 26, 6pm to 8pm.

Where: Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford St, Shepparton.

Cost: $140.

Phone: 58329861.