Hands on with Lake Heights pottery doyen

Illawarra residents have a chance to get their hands dirty this weekend when Red Point Artists hosts a community ceramics day.

The Port Kembla art collective will open its doors tomorrow for its regular Art On The Grass series, offering a chance for aspiring potters to have a spin on a pottery wheel.

Lake Heights potter John Kuczwal, internationally renowned for his stunning lustre pieces, will give demonstrations on the day, as well as display examples of his work in a showpiece exhibition.

‘‘The equipment we use is expensive, and hard to have access to, so I want people to have a go and feel clay in their hands,’’ he said.

Janette Loughrey, organiser of Art On The Grass, said participants would have a chance to use a pottery wheel to make a small piece.

‘‘Art On The Grass is a chance for the public to see local art, and to try out a few things for themselves,’’ Ms Loughrey said.

‘‘We try to promote the arts, no matter what type.’’

Tomorrow will also include kids’ art activities, music, and a range of art works for purchase.

Mr Kuczwal said he hoped people would make use of the rare chance to try out pottery for themselves.

‘‘Pottery is made with clay, one of the most common elements, but you can see these magnificent pots made in probably 4000 BC,’’ he said.

‘‘It is permanent, it lasts forever and it records history.’’

Art On The Grass is on tomorrow from 10am to 2pm at Red Point Artists, 100 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla.

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