FORUM: Making International Pathways

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Join us for this informative forum panel followed by Q&A session, to hear about some exciting pathways to reach international audiences for ceramic artists. Hosted by Slow Clay Centre in collaboration with the World Crafts Council Australia and Garland Magazine, we have invited three experienced ceramic artists to discuss their international experiences and to answer your questions.The speakers Penny Byrne, Greg Daly and Dean Smith will present their pathways accompanied by visuals and we will have a full hour for Q&A afterwards with MC Dr Kevin Murray (WoCCA and Garland).

Content: There are many opportunities to present work to international audiences. The Asia Pacific region has a number of significant craft fairs and biennales. How does a craft artist break into these circuits? The World Crafts Council has an Award of Excellence program. Is it worth my while to enter? How do I find out about residencies and exchanges? What value is professionalism and presentation? In a time of putting “Australia First”, what’s the value of looking abroad?


Penny Byrne's sculptural works are politically charged, highly engaging and often disarmingly humorous. Byrne's work presents an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. In 2015 Byrne exhibited in Glasstress Gotika, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale. She is represented in the UK by Coates and Scarry and in Berlin by Michael Reid Berlin.

Greg Daly is internationally known and respected as a ceramic artist specialising in rich glaze effects and was lecturer in ceramics at ANU Canberra. His work has been included in 24 international book publications and is held in 80 national and international art galleries and museums collections, including those of the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He has also exhibited in over 200 international and national group exhibitions. He is past President of Craft Australia.

Dean Smith works with special effect high fire glazes combined with low fire enamels and precious metal lustres. Smith’s work has featured in important national and international ceramic exhibitions and has won several major awards, including the Silver Prize, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2012, Special Citation, 8th Cheongju International Craft Competition, South Korea 2013, winner, Clunes National Ceramic Award, 2013 and winner, Vase Finder International 9th Annual Exhibition, USA 2014.

Dr Kevin Murray, our MC for the event, is secretary of the World Crafts Council - Australia and editor of Garland magazine. He is a writer and curator and has held the position of Artistic Director and CEO of Craft Victoria. 

This event is part of the annual Craft Cubed Festival, by Craft Victoria. 

Important Info

Slow Clay Centre is located at 13 Keele Street, Collingwood. Jump off at the Keele Street stop on Tram 86.

Please choose your course carefully as we do not give refunds if you change your mind. 

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What you will learn
  • Presentations, Visuals, discussion and Q&A
  • Be inspired by three distinguished artists to hear their suggestions for exhibiting internationally
  • MC Dr Kevin Murray from World Crafts Council Australia and Garland magazine will chair the event
What you will get
  • Rich discussion and networking
  • Suggested pathways for exhibiting internationally
  • Inspiration from established practitioners

Appropriate for

Ceramics practitioners and students who would like to become informed about international residency opportunities


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Based in a beautiful inner-city studio in Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia, the Slow Clay team consists of leading professional ceramic artists and experienced teachers who offer high-level teaching in a broad variety of topics - see our web site for teacher profiles. Together with other invited professionals for guest artist workshops and forums, we are a vibrant community of enthusiasts.

No matter what level you are, we welcome you to Slow Clay Centre where you can follow your personal pathway with clay!

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Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may share the love and transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, you can hold your payment for up to 12 months for a future course.

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  1. Deposit or full payment (depending on the course/workshop/event) must be made at the time of booking.
  2. Please choose carefully. Due to our limited class sizes once you've booked and paid either the deposit or the full fee we will only refund what you have paid if the class is cancelled by us. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend for no charge or, provided we can fill your place, we can hold your payment in credit for up to 12 months for any future course (you must pay the difference if the price is higher). 
  3. Please note: All students will receive a reminder three weeks before the start date with a link to pay the remaining balance with your credit card. Students who paid the deposit online will have the balance automatically deducted. Others will need to click on the link provided or ring our office on 99437844.
  4. Due to our limited class sizes, if your balance is not received three weeks before the start date we reserve the right to find a replacement student and if this is not possible we will keep your deposit.

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  1. Please note that making ceramics, particularly on the pottery wheel,  can be a physically demanding activity. If you have any pre-existing illnesses and/or chronic injuries to your back, shoulders, hips, neck, wrists or elbows we strongly advise you to seek a medical opinion before enrolling as some activities might exacerbate past injuries and we take no responsibility if this occurs. 
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  4. All work made during classes is to be used for personal, non-commercial purposes. This is individually negotiable for advanced students or for studio exhibitions but we ask students to accept that the emphasis of our classes is strictly on education not studio production
  5. Teaching fees are fully inclusive of materials but students will incur a single firing fee based on the current cost of $10 per kg weight after gloss firing.(no charge for biqsue firing)
  6. Collection of fired pieces: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited. Students will be notified via email when work is ready to be collected. Work will only be retained for one month following this notification. No exceptions.

Regarding Kids Clay Club: 

  1. It is your responsibility to clearly report in writing on the enrolment form, any illness, allergy or disability that may affect your child's involvement in the Clay Club activities.
  2. Please respect our teachers and be prompt to arrive and collect your children. Do not arrive more than 5 minutes early to class or leave your children more than 5 minutes later than the class end.
  3. Children are expected to be mature enough to work in a group together, to respect everyone's needs and differences and to be polite.

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15 August 2017 • FORUM: Making International Pathways

The forum was really interesting with 3 top potters and the friendly crew of Slow Clay. The topic was unusual and that made the evening so special and helpful for all the participants. I got important knowledge and inspirations. I will recommend this class.


14 August 2017 • FORUM: Making International Pathways

Do the very best In what you love doing


10 August 2017 • FORUM: Making International Pathways

The importance of effective marketing was evidenced by each of the speakers. Some of the ways to identify pathways into international exhibitions were also highlighted.

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