The Wagga Potters Club is looking for more members

LOVE FOR POTTERY: Brian Barkworth. Picture: Emma Hillier

LOVE FOR POTTERY: Brian Barkworth. Picture: Emma Hillier

The Wagga Potters Club has undergone a renovation and the members are ready to share their art with the community. 

Linda Lander said the club consists of a group of both long practicing and new members who come together for monthly meetings and share skills and fellowship.

“We are inclusive of all our members, recognising that we all have other commitments in our lives and community service and that there are times when we aren’t able to participate in pottery,” she said. 

Ms Lander said clay is made of ancient rock and minerals broken down over millennia to a fine particle size, moistened to the right consistency to become malleable.

“It is able to be recycled over and over again until it is fired in a kiln,” she said.

“It is a lovely inanimate substance that can take any abuse you want to give it, you can bash it around or choose to use the most gentle light touch, and it responds in kind to your mood.

“Clay is a wonderful tactile material to use with endless possibilities of things to make and endless things to learn. You never run out of things to learn and try.” 

Ms Lander said playing with clay takes her mind away from all the everyday happenings.

AT WORK: Brian Barkworth and Linda Lander are hoping more residents will explore the world of pottery and sign up to the club. Both are eager to pass on the skills they have. Picture: Emma Hillier

AT WORK: Brian Barkworth and Linda Lander are hoping more residents will explore the world of pottery and sign up to the club. Both are eager to pass on the skills they have. Picture: Emma Hillier

“It is very relaxing, akin to meditation,” she said. 

Brian Barkworth has been involved with visual arts for many years and had his own pottery business in northern NSW and was also a pottery teacher with TAFE.

“I just restarted potter and got into it about 50 years ago,” he said.

“It sort of gets you in, working with clay, you think you’ll go away from it, but you come back. I have had a long break from it, about 40 years, and this is the first year I have started doing it again.” 

Clay is a wonderful tactile material to use with endless possibilities of things to make and endless things to learn.

Linda Lander

Mr Barkworth said they decided they wanted to get more members and to teach other people how to do it. 

“So we extended the space to allow more room for more people,” he said. 

In 2019, the club will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and is in the process of planning a large exhibition at the Wagga City Art Gallery which will include the work of past and present members. 

For further information or to book a lesson or a come and try session please contact, Di Mahoney on 029229776 or Lyn Cameron on, 0429313336.