Just an update for you all regarding use of club rooms. The clay disposal bins, and the red washing up bowl, have been removed. We now ask that you kindly bring a small lidded bucket for your clay water and cleaning up. If you could use your water to clean up your work area, and take this away with any waste clay/ slops in your bucket for recycling. Final wipe downs can be done with water from/into the sink, just not heavily clay contaminated stuff down the sink please.
The reason we are doing this is with the numbers using the rooms clay bins were filling up so fast, more than we could dispose of or recycle - jobs that members & committee do voluntarily in their own time. We appreciate this is an extra request, and really appreciate your cooperation in making this change as it will make a big difference overall, and we're sure it will be easy once we all get used to the new routine.
Whilst we are on cleaning, thank you to you all for your ongoing efforts with this, and a friendly reminder that all areas used including the floor around your wheel/ work area, need to be cleaned/ swept by the end of class, particularly important for Mondays when we have a short window between classes. We don't have the budget for cleaners so are reliant on all using the rooms to do their bit, so thank you again
Looking forward to seeing you all at the AGM Tuesday 8th November from 7pm with the world famous (in Redcliffs) auction afterwards for a bit of fun. It is your club so please do come along, say hello and have a say in its running. :)
just a wee reminder, it’s club demonstration night tonight at 7pm on
Everything Paper Clay
Lesley Towart will be giving a demonstration of paper clay making along with some of its applications.
Why use Paper Clay? It has exceptional strength before bisque firing, it's light and can be made out of scrap clays. You can build large structures and add wet to dry clay. It's fast drying, versatile and can be filed, carved or drilled. It's ideal for slab work and tiles as it doesn't warp or crack when fired. It can be stored dry in flat sheets and then cut with scissors or a Stanley knife before joining or reconstituting.
See you there
Royce McGlashen Talk
CPA would like to invite your members to a talk by Master Potter Royce McGlashen on Friday 14th October from 7-9 pm in our clubrooms. Royce will discuss with images the changing styles of ceramic work he has made through his pottery career looking at design and functionality.
The cost is $10.00 pp
RSVP 12th October
Spring Newsletter 2022
Hello to all members
It is my turn as Co-chair to write the report for this newsletter.
It has been, not quite a year since I volunteered to co-chair with Angu last December and it has certainly been a learning curve for me along the way. Thankfully, Renate has been a huge help in providing guidance to both Angu and I.
I am always happy to listen to any feedback/ suggestions from members so please email me or have a chat at any time. Following the last committee meeting held on Wednesday 21 September and following some feedback to the committee it seems timely to send a few general reminders to all club members:
*When purchasing clay, Please include the bag number and clay type in the reference details when paying. This makes it easier to reconcile the payments. Please make sure that clay is paid for promptly.
*Please make sure you clean up thoroughly after yourself if you are a key holder and using the clubrooms outside of class times.
*Class attendees are also expected to participate in thorough cleaning of the workroom spaces at the end of every class.
If we all make an effort to keep the wheels and workroom areas clean and tidy then is makes for a better workspace for all members to share.
The working Bee was held on Saturday 24 September from 1 to 3pm. A huge thank you to Linda for coordinating the working bee and thank you to all the club members who turned out to help . We were a small but dedicated team but with 2 hours of hard work the rooms were looking much better, both inside and outside. Thank you to Jos who bought her water blaster along and cleaned the outside veranda and other areas. Thank you to Angu and Fleur who tackled the clay buckets and cleaned up the smelly old clay. I understand there is a new process coming soon to better manage clay waste so watch out for the details. Please come along to the next working bee if you haven’t been to one in the last year as many hands make light work!
The AGM is coming up soon so please also take the time to think about participating in the committee, or offering to take on one of the many jobs that need doing to keep the club running smoothly. It is also a great way to get to know other members better and to give back to the club. We have a great facility and it can only get better.
Update 1 October
I would like to thank all the individuals that came to the working bee! It is with your help that the club rooms remain in such a beautiful state.
We really can not run without the volunteers who donate their time to keep the club going.
If you are interested in the wood firing on the 16th October please sign up here.
Wood firing glazes will be available on club evenings. If you can not make it to the club evenings,
Please give me an email at email@example.com and we can sort out a time.
For more information about how to glaze, please see upcoming events on the club website.
All cone 7 glazes can be used in the wood firing, but do not expect it to come out as it would in the electric kiln.
We no longer have clay bins. You are expected to bring a bucket for your clay, clay slopes and some water. A 10 litre bucket will normally do.
The club does not have the resources to process clay from 90 odd members.
After doing your potter, clean the clay off the tools you have been using in some water and pour this into your bucket.
If they are personal tools, these can be simply placed into your bucket for cleaning when you get home.
Remove most of the clay from your workstation with the water from your bucket. Then wipe the work area once more with clean water which can go down the drain after.
AGM, Tuesday 8 November, 7pm
In preparation for our upcoming AGM please find last year’s minutes as well as agenda attached.
For a smooth and successful running of our club we are looking for people to join our committee, this can be in the capacity of general committee member or as an officer with a particular area of responsibility. If you are ready to contribute but don’t feel like going to committee meetings there are also an array of jobs for you to choose from. Please just check the attachment, all blank spaces in the middle and right hand column are up for grabs. To confirm your offer ahead of the AGM please just get back to Renate on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always the AGM will be followed by our World Famous Auction. To donate your contribution ahead of time please just drop it into Room 3 clearly labelled.
Key Lock Access
Key lock number will be changed at the start of term 4. If you are a key lock holder you will receive the new number in a separate email.
Please take care in managing access to our club rooms. The key lock box has been found unlocked a number of times recently.
The Secretary and Members - Mt Pleasant Pottery Group.