Exhibition of 2015 Finalists

Clunes Ceramic Award Exhibition of 2015 Finalists

Ceramic Award Chair Graeme Johnstone and judge Neville French. Photo credit: Gary Sharp

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Clunes is ready to yet again open its doors to artistic expression when the small Goldfields town hosts the Clunes Ceramic Award. This is a major event on the national ceramics calendar, with prizes totalling $13,000 and 43 finalists from all over Australia, hosted by the Union Bank Arts Centre in Clunes.

The winning artist's work will attract a total prize money of $10,000, a significant increase from previous years.

Ceramic Award Chair Graeme Johnstone said "This significant increase is testament to the sustained success of the Clunes Ceramic Award in Australia, as well as demonstrating the sponsors' confidence in the strength of work submitted by Australian ceramic artists.

"The People's Choice Award has also increased to $2,000 and three $250 Recognition Awards will be presented and announced at the exhibition opening.

"Our chief judge this year, Mr Hyangjong Oh, a renowned Korean potter in the Onggi tradition, worked alongside previous winner Neville French, and both were impressed by the quality of work submitted."

A preview of works will be held at the Union Bank on Fraser St at 6pm on Friday 18 September. The official opening, by invitation only, will be held on Saturday 19 September, with the Exhibition opening to the public on Sunday 20 September. Opening hours will be Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm until Sunday 11 October. All pieces on display will be for sale.

As an addition to the main exhibition this year, businesses in the main street of Clunes will host individual pieces from local ceramicists.

As part of this year's Clunes Ceramic Award, renowned Korean potter, Hyangjong Oh, will hold ceramic workshops in Daylesford, which have now sold out, and a talk in Clunes, where places are still available.

Tickets are available at the website.

The Clunes Ceramic Award is an acquisitive prize. In 2015, the winner of the $10,000 Award will be acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat. The winning work of art is acquired in alternate years, by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum for their Permanent Collections.

Major sponsors of the event are the Union Bank Arts Centre, Lucky Strike Lounge and WordsWorth communicating in Clunes and Clayspace in Daylesford.

The award also receives strong support from Hepburn Shire, Creswick & Community branch of Bendigo Bank, Walker Ceramics, Potters Equipment, Clayworks and our many volunteers.


For interviews or comment, please contact Graeme Johnstone via 0427 534 532

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Date posted: 12 Sep 2015