The group meet Tuesdays and Thursdays around the potter’s wheel to share space, share knowledge and inspire each other.
Faith Avidor, one of the organising contributors, said, ‘The whole idea is to have a diversity of artists. The idea of this exhibition is to be as colourful as possible.’
Secretary Richard Heazlewood-Ross is a firm advocate of the community enterprise and the important role it plays in the cultural life of the community. ‘One of the interesting things that happens here is that the president of the group, Ellen Flounders, volunteers to teach special needs groups in conjunction with Red Inc,’ he said.
‘We have people coming from as far as Murwillumbah. They are currently creating work with a Harlequin theme for the exhibition.’
Richard believes that it’s important to showcase not just the work, but the space as well. ‘This is the only gallery specialising in 3D art.’
Ellen Flounders believes ‘it’s like what Stokers Siding used to be’.
The gallery sits between the Potters Studio and the Drill Hall.
According to Ellen, ‘it was purpose built for the quilting ladies and after years it became a non-viable space so we thought it would be nice to run a gallery to show our work’.
The Mullum Potters has a closed membership of 30, with applications after their AGM next year to take on new members. The group, however, is keen on offering the space to the broader community as a public gallery by inviting people to become Friends of the Gallery.
Come and see Carnival of Clay, a celebration of local 3D art in ceramics and clay at the Mullumbimby Community Art Gallery, 10am–4pm. The gallery is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and on market Saturdays.
For enquiries about the Potters Group of the gallery contact Paul Button on 0418 909 203 or Ellen on 6680 4810.
Image: Karen Wagner throws a pot for the forthcoming carnival. Photo Jeff ‘Crack Pot’ Dawson