REMOTE COMMUNITIES CERAMIC NETWORK
In 2006 the three remote communities of Ernabella in South Australia,
Hermansburg and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory arrived in
Brisbane Queensland for the National Ceramics Conference. They all
had exhibitions on show during the conference. They spent time
together and decided that they would like to spend time together
in their own country to "hang out" and make pots and learn from each
It took some time to obtain funding for an extended interaction
between the three communities.
My role was to be the co ordinator of the program, assisting with
funding, recording the interactions and facilitating the skills interchange.
The initial workshop took place in 2008 in the Tiwi Islands. Two men
from Ernabella, Ngunyjima Carroll and Micheal Evans spent two weeks
working with the men Tiwi potters at Nguiu on bathurst island.
Ernabella men demonstarting their skills using the slab roller.
Unfired work from the workshop at Nguiu by all the potters.
In 2009 the potters from the Tiwi islands travelled to
Ernabella and joined with the women potters from
Hermansburg to work with the potters in the workshop at
Ernabella Arts in the Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands
in Northern South Australia.
this was the first chance for all three communities to
spend two weeks together making pots.
Lindy Rontji from hermansburg completing galah pot
Vivian Thompson from Ernabella using scraffitto
technique with terra sigillata made at Ernabella.
After two weeks the potters from the Tiwi islands
and hermansburg along with two men and two women
from Ernabella travelled to Canberra to continue the
workshop at the ceramics workshop at the
Australian National University.
A further two weeks enabled many more pots to be made.
Judith Inkamala and Lindy Rontji decorating pots at the ANU.
Ngunytjima Carroll and Hudson Alison working on
a coil pot.
A selection of works from all the workshops were
then organised into an exhibition in June 2009 at
the Canberra Potters Gallery. A number of pieces
were obtained for major Public Insitutions
collections including the National Gallery, National
Museum of Australia, Commomwealth Parliment
collection and the ACT Government Collection.
General view of Canberra exhibition.
Cylinder made by Ernabella men and decorated by
Robert Puruntatameri from Tiwi Islands.
Ht 68cm Dia 27cm.
After this series of workshops the Remote Ccommunities Ceramic Network has
continued to be supported by the Ceramics workshop
at the ANU through visits to remote communities
and artists spending time in Canberra.
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