Potters settle into the main drag
Wednesday, 11th September, 2019
By Myles Burt
After firing up for months, the Broken Hill Potters Society are ready to unveil their latest exhibition.
President Sue Andrews said they’ve changed the exhibition from a bi-annual event to an annual event, especially after grabbing the attention of tourists and locals during last year’s Broken Heel Festival.
Potters have lined up their best works at the Old Schinellas Fruit Villa building in Argent Street.
Ms Andrews said Pat and Denise Schinella generously allowed the Broken Hill Potter’s Society to use the building to host their exhibition.
Locals will be able to view pottery made of raku clay, stoneware feathered pots, stoneware horsehair pots along with other different styles and makes of pottery.
Most of the pottery is stoneware, a technically hard pot to make which is fired up to 1280 degrees Celsius.
“It’s the hardest one you can get,” Ms Andrews said.
An array of pottery has been fired differently with some gas fired, electric fired, raku fired and pit fired which has a big effect on the outcome of the pottery according to Ms Andrews.
In regards to pit firing, potters dig out holes out in the bush, where pots are then fired overnight. Ms Andrews said pit firing sessions are an enjoyable experience for the potters.
“We make a weekend of it, go out on the Saturday morning and stay overnight, unpack the things on the Sunday and come home,” Ms Andrews said.
Everything at the exhibition is up for sale expect the student works, according to Ms Andrews.
The exhibition will be opened by Broken Heel Festival director Esther La Rovere at 6pm tonight.
Locals will be able to view the work daily from 10am to 4pm, until September 21.
WHAT: Broken Hill Potters Society Exhibition.
WHEN: Tonight, 6pm.
WHERE: Old Schinellas Fruit Villa building, Argent Street.