Australian Woodfire Ceramics Conference
28 June – 1 July 2017

by Merrie Tomkins

Photos: Merrie Tomkins, Vicki Grima & Anna-Marie Wallace

When one hears mention of ‘Smoke on the Water’ you instantly think of Deep Purple strumming away on guitars whilst smoke drifts across a Swiss lake, back to the Woodstock days.

Well, it wasn’t quite Woodstock, but the small town of Cooroy, tucked away in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, became the gathering place for the 9th Australian International Woodfiring Conference, with 2017 being the first time it was held in Queensland. The conference is a triennial congregation held in the winter months, with new organisers and a new location each time.