Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pottering about; Unleash Your Inner Artist and Go Behind the Scenes of Some Creative Coast Minds with a Weekend Dedicated to the Art of Pottery and Ceramic Making

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pottering about; Unleash Your Inner Artist and Go Behind the Scenes of Some Creative Coast Minds with a Weekend Dedicated to the Art of Pottery and Ceramic Making

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Byline: WORDS: SARAH DIONYSIUS

In a world where we are all working within busy schedules, it can be nice to find an outlet that gets your creative juices flowing.

Artistic workshops have been popping up all over the Sunshine Coast; ranging from those catering for the resurgence of the '70s art form macrame to sewing and painting.

One particularly popular art form as of late is pottery and ceramics.

To help shine a spotlight on what goes on behind the scenes of pottery making, Debra Ducrou is opening the doors to her studio to the public.

Debra is one of the several Sunshine Coast artists who are joining in on the Australian Ceramics Open Studios event this August.

She said she was encouraged by fellow potter and friend, Carol Forster.

"I've been a member of the Australian Ceramics Association for 25 years and I've always been away when the open studio event was on," she said.

"I met up with Carol recently and she has done it for several years and I thought "why not give it a go?"

"It will be nice to meet people who are interested in pottery and ceramics and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat."

Debra first started pottery in 1983 when she went along to a class and fell in love with the art form.

She then went on to study an Advanced Diploma in Art/Ceramics at South Brisbane Tafe and has been teaching pottery workshops at the Sunshine Coast Art Group.

"I have been teaching for awhile now and I love that people come along to the workshops, forget about their cares of the day and just sit down and make things," she said.

"It's nice because people often make things as gifts and it means a lot more to the people they are giving them to because they have a put a little bit of themselves in to that piece."

Debra said she was hoping people would come along to her open studio on the weekend of August 17 and 18 and be inspired to take up pottery themselves. …

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