Pottery fires spirit, embraces soul

HE may be small but the kiln god sits atop the oven working his magical powers protecting his treasures inside as pieces of clay transform into beautiful pieces of art.

The Hervey Bay Potters have created pots, figurines and plaques for more than 10 years and president Maureen Coleman said the members did it for the love of it.

“We are all here for the same reason; creating something beautiful is very absorbing.

“Making pottery is good for the soul,” she said.

The earliest known ceramic objects are Gravettian figurines such as the Venus of Dolni Vestonice, a statuette of a nude female figure dated 29,000 to 25,000 BCE, and pottery vessels excavated from the Yuchanyan Cave in southern China, dating from 16,000 BCE.

Club member Fay Thomson has been enjoying hand building and wheelwork at the club for 10 years and loves it so much she doesn't want to leave it.

“When my husband wants to go away I want to stay here so I don't miss out.

“I have so much pottery around my house and on the veranda, but it's great to see it,” she said.

Pottery brings out the best in people and Sue Bartlem tries her hand at anything, and everything with most of her wares going into her mother's garden.

The pottery club's members all agree that the friendship and passion they share make it a relaxing time.

If you would like to learn the art of pottery, contact 4125 3268

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