Internationally renowned potter Bernard Kerr christened the newly opened ceramics studio at the Midland Junction Arts Centre with a weekend series of workshops exploring the form, movement and people’s cultural relationships with horses.
Workshops were held on Sat 26, Sun 27 August and Sat 2 September were participants explored how Indian, Hindu and Chinese cultures have reinterpreted the horse as symbol and a metaphor, whilst learning construction techniques to transform their own personal expression.
Participants, (including artist in residence Jan Griffiths from Waringarri Arts Centre) learnt pinch pot construction, rotating core and joining techniques, sculpture construction, smoothing and finishing as well as decoration techniques to create a myriad of stunning horse sculptures. These sculptures were viewed alongside the completed terracotta horses and Ganesha figures created by artist in residence, Indian Potter Kasirajan on the free Community Open Day, Sunday 10 September.
The works were then transported to be wood fired at a huge community-built kiln at Entopia Winery.