Potter Katy Mitchell will create a pop-up studio in the Halls Gap Hub for five days, between 15th and 19th August, to demonstrate her techniques to visitors and display her hand-crafted ceramic tableware. She will make pieces on the potter’s wheel and decorate them with designs inspired by the surrounding Grampians National Park.
Raised on the wind-swept and rain-soaked Isle of Man, Katy Mitchell makes functional pots intended to be used and embraced in daily life. Her contemporary wheel-thrown forms are illustrated with delicate and colourful designs inspired by the beauty (and oddity) of the environment in which she finds herself, be that her island home or adopted homeland of Australia. Each piece is decorated with a combination of hand-painting, inlay and custom decals, often being fired in the kiln three times.
The weekend dates will coincide with Australian Ceramics Open Studios, a national event hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association. Now in it’s 6th year, more than 140 ceramics studios open their doors to offer insight, practical demonstrations and the chance to take home a handmade piece.