The North Queensland Ceramic Awards continue to attract national interest, with $10,000 in prize money up for grabs in 2018.
The Awards were launched in the 70s for the North Queensland Potters’ Association (NQPA) to showcase their work. NQPA President Sharon Jewell said the association had seen a lot of changes over the years, including the recent decision to hand control of the Awards over to Townsville City Council – but the calibre of work continued to impress.
“The early days of our association were in the ‘heyday of handmade’ when pottery, macramé and the like were heavily supported and a lot of people could work as full-time potters. We had a lot more active members back then,” Sharon said.
“1972 was when the Potters Society became associated; 1974 was the first exhibition; and then we had an exhibition every two to three years since – in the early years it was every two and in the latter it’s been dependant on what we’ve had going. It was about two years ago when we decided we no longer had the resources or the numbers to keep running the exhibition, but the Townsville City Council took it over for us.
“This year’s awards had 132 entries, with the significant prize money attracting interest from the capital cities. It costs a lot to send your pots up to North Queensland so that shows how much value these people place on our exhibition.”
Catch the 2018 North Queensland Ceramic Awards at Pinnacles Gallery from 27 July – 16 September, with more information available via What’s on Townsville. For more information on the North Queensland Potters’ Association, find them on Facebook.