Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Art research officer Marilyn Haertel looks over some of the history documents of the Gladstone Area Potters Group.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum Art research officer Marilyn Haertel looks over some of the history documents of the Gladstone Area Potters Group. Contributed

Pottery group marks 40th anniversary, lively crowd at launch

MANY happy returns to the Gladstone Area Potters Group, celebrating their 40th birthday.

In 1973 local artists Jenny Elliot and Johanna DeMaine called a public meeting to be held on February 8 in the St Matthew's Parish Hall, then in Toolooa St, seeking the community's opinion about establishing a potters group in Gladstone.

It was unanimous and the Gladstone Area Potters Group was formed, holding their first official meeting on March 5, electing the following office bearers: president: Marilyn Haertel, vice president: Jenny Elliot, secretary/treasurer: Johanna DeMaine, committee members: David Robinson and Rici Moore.

Within 34 days the group had presented their first Easter exhibition, Festival of Pots, hosted in conjunction with the Gladstone Harbour Festival, and 24 potters contributed an extraordinary 500 works to the display, which was held in a vacant service station on the corner of Tank and Toolooa Streets.

When recalling the Festival of Pots event, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum Art research officer Marilyn Haertel spoke about a featured Raku firing held during the show.

"A spectator could choose a pot, assist in its glazing, see it placed in a kiln, fired and then withdrawn with long tongs before cooling in water or reduced in sawdust," she said. "They could then take it home while it was still warm."

By the end of 1973 The Potters Place was established in a house at 38 Tank St that was later moved to the present site on Dawson Rd, opposite Gladstone State High School.

The Gladstone Area Potters Group continues to host regular exhibitions and classes for the Gladstone region community, which we hope they will continue for another 40 years.

For further information please phone The Potters Place on 4972 4030.

PIONEERING WOMEN LAUNCH

THERE was a lively crowd at the gallery/museum for the official launch of Pioneering Women: The Russian Experience, hosted in conjunction with the Gladstone Women's Health Centre in celebration of International Women's Day 2013.

The exhibition honours the lives of Russian migrant women settling in the Yarwun district after World War II, displaying art work, memorabilia and photographs, generously on loan from local families.

Pioneering Women will continue until Saturday, April 13. For further information phone 4976 6766 or email gragm@gladstonerc.qld.gov.au.

The gallery/museum is open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, on the corner of Goondoon and Bramston Streets, Gladstone, and admission is free.

LAST CHANCE FOR INTERCITY IMAGES

DON'T miss your last chance to enter the 2013 Intercity Images: Gladstone Saiki Photographic Exchange. Submissions close at 5pm this Saturday, March 16. Local photographers of all ages and levels of experience are invited to submit up to two images, taken in the Gladstone region during the previous 12 months and that depict the landscape, industry or lifestyle of the place in which we live.

Intercity Images is a Gladstone Saiki Sister City Advisory Committee initiative, supported by Queensland Alumina Limited and Gladstone Regional Council.