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River Studios - Open Studios & Demo's
Aug
26
11:00 AM11:00

River Studios - Open Studios & Demo's

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River Studios, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, is home to a community of diverse, multi-disciplined artists. It is both a place of work and a space for communal connection and collaboration.
There will be in-house demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops.

River studios occupies two levels of an award winning re-purposed industrial warehouse.

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See Yourself Weaving
Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

See Yourself Weaving

  • The Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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The various weaving interest groups at the guild are hosting an open day where visitors can try their hand at different types of weaving. 
You can weave on a table or floor loom, tapestry loom, or the more portable inkle, band or tablet loom.

Different types of looms and weave structures will be set up with a guild member to guide you. Suitable for all levels of experience, including complete beginners!

There will also be an exhibition of works by the Weaving Matters group on display.

Event cost: gold coin donation

Instagram: @spinweavevic

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Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Tracy Muirhead Pottery Open Studio

  • Tracy Murihead Pottery Studio (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Born in South Africa, Tracy now lives in the leafy, outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She is passionate about clay, but tries to manipulate it as little as possible, allowing it to find its own expression. Hand building allows her to explore and experiment with endless possibilities when clay is stretched and torn, or squished and pierced. Many of her pieces are the result of this playful process of discovery.
The final part of the creative process is finding how each piece relates to, or is enhanced by its counterpart and how it will augment a living space. Tracy uses a variety of clays, including black clay from the UK, white stoneware clay from Australia, terracotta – the clay of choice in Africa, and the groggy, textured clay reminiscent of the Japanese aesthetic. All these cultures influence her work on a conscious and unconscious level.

Instagram: @tracymuirhead

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Northcote Pottery Supplies Open Day
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Northcote Pottery Supplies Open Day

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Northcote Pottery Supplies presents their annual Open Day, an opportunity for a behind the scenes glimpse of what goes on behind the roller door- There will be demonstrations, activities for kids as well as an opportunity for visitors to sign up and try the pottery wheel or make a plate. Our Guest Artist in Residence Lucinda Florence will open her studio door alongside resident Artists Tommy Hluchanic, Colin Gallagher, Dawn Tang and Alterfact (Ben Landau & Lucile Sciallano) the day will also feature an artist market with work for sale from local emerging ceramicists and a coffee cart for visitors to satisfy their caffeine needs.

Instagram: @northcotepotterysupplies

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	 A Day at Sacred Heart
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

A Day at Sacred Heart

  • Sacred Heart Building @ The Convent (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Situated within the Abbotsford Convent, the newly restored Sacred Heart building has become home to diverse group of creative practitioners who are excited to welcome you through their studio doors.

There will be screen printing and ceramics demonstrations and a variety of hands-on activities on the day - keep an eye on our instagram page for more information.

Make your way to the Sacred Heart courtyard where you'll be greeted with a map to guide you through each of the studios. Visit:

Ghost Wares
Ink & Spindle
Leah Muddle Studio
Mattt
Monolog
Print Safari
And more...

10am-5pm.

Instagram: @sacredheartcollective

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	 Pop-up Ceramics Studio
Aug
15
to Aug 19

Pop-up Ceramics Studio

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.

Instagram: @katymitchellceramics

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Makers,Do-ers & Thinkers - RMIT Textiles
Aug
12
6:30 PM18:30

Makers,Do-ers & Thinkers - RMIT Textiles

RMIT's textile design programs focus on elevating the practice of handmade design & production into new possibilities. Drawing on a strong artisan craft tradition, textiles at RMIT offer a broad range of career possibilities - for makers, do-ers and thinkers alike. Find a home for your emergent practice in one of the myriad programs at RMIT
A collaborative project by the textile design programs at RMIT - this event will extend across the campus at Brunswick as part of RMIT's Open Day 2018

Instagram: @rmit_batd

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Blue Dog Glass Open Day
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Dog Glass Open Day

For over 15 years Blue Dog Glass studio has been home to a large community of people interested in working with glass as an artistic medium. We’ve been supplying glass, providing learning opportunities and making our equipment and studio spaces available to professional and hobby glass artists alike during that time.

Visitors from across Melbourne, Victoria, interstate and even overseas have come to our studio home to experience glass for the first time, to learn new skills and to hone their craft. Some rely on our facilities to create their works while others take the skills they learn here and continue making their art in their own home studios. In doing so, our glass community has grown far and wide, along with people’s opportunity to explore and extend their own creativity.

For the last three years the studio has run an exhibition and open day during the Craft Cubed Festival. By inviting new people to experience the world of glass art in a friendly and casual setting (our ‘home’) they can see it is a craft that is open to anyone who is interested in giving it a try.

This year, our gallery space will host an exhibition of works from some of our experienced students through the whole of August. They will be exploring the theme: Reflections of Home and through their works they will highlight what ‘home’ means to them. Working with glass in a myriad of way offers a wide range of options for creating 2D and 3D works and the theme may be reflected in the use of particular imagery, techniques, display options, etc.

Blue Dog Glass has always been proactive in offering its customers access to new methods as they’ve developed in the glass world. New crafts such as printing, digital imagery, and jewellery making have been added to the range of techniques that can now be incorporated in art works. And this year we’re excited to add a little hot glasswork into our studio home with a new extension – our purpose-built, fully equipped mini hot shop (with a glory hole, kiln and associated tools), to be officially opened at our Open Day on Saturday 11 August.

The public is invited to attend and while at the studio, they have the opportunity to make their own glass project – inspired by the exhibition theme of home - in a short session (with all materials and tools supplied). Several of our exhibiting students will be on hand to assist and guide our visitors through the techniques on offer – as well as discuss their works on display. The whole studio will be open for inspection so that new visitors can see the range of equipment and services available should they wish to take up the craft themselves.

The exhibition will be open to the public during our usual business hours as well as the open day. We will supply all materials and tools for participants in the make-it sessions with the first session free and a small cost for extra sessions booked. No experience is required for make-it session participants and we can include children over 10 years if accompanied by a supervising adult. We do have wheelchair access via our rear door. However, we do not have disabled toilet facilities, etc.

Instagram: @bluedogglassmelb

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Felicity Law open studio
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Felicity Law open studio

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Open Studio hosted by Matokie Clay Studio in West Preston. Matokie Clay Studio is a home based studio at the home of ceramicist Felicity Law. Classes and workshops are held here, people own the space, bring food to share, enjoy being surrounded by clay , art and ceramics. At the open studio day artists associated with Matokie Clay Studio will be making work and celebrating all things clay.

Instagram: @matokieclay

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Blanche Tilden Open Studio
Aug
4
11:00 AM11:00

Blanche Tilden Open Studio

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For the first time, Blanche Tilden opens her new contemporary jewellery and glass studio to the public. 

Located 10 minutes drive from the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Blanche invites visitors to combine a visit to both her open studio, and “Design for Life: Grant and Mary Featherston”, an exhibition at Heide that explores the careers of Grant and Mary Featherston.

Tilden’s recent PhD research and work investigates the practice of arguably Australian most significant modernist designer, Grant Featherston, particularly Featherston’s work with glass.

Open studio visitors will gain a unique insight into Tilden’s highly respected practice, her current research and working methods with glass working demonstrations on the day

Image: Blanche Tilden, Numero and Contour earrings
Image credit: John Gollings, courtesy, Heide Museum of Modern Art

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