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Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2020

Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2020

TACA Board met on Friday 5 June 2020 on the Zoom platform.

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback through the TACA Members' Survey. More than half of our membership responded. This will help us review and plan the services we offer, our communications with you, and what you would like us to do.

We wish to acknowledge the wonderful service given by Dennis Woollam, TACA's accountant, who is leaving after 36 years with the organisation. He has generously given his time and expertise as the organisation has changed and evolved from the Potters Society of Australia to The Australian Ceramics Association. In particular he guided  TACA through the formation of the Australian Ceramics Triennale Ltd. We thank Dennis for his dedicated contribution.

The office has been as busy as ever despite Covid-19, with two staff working remotely. Some restructuring of staff tasks will occur as we move to outsource our bookkeeping administration.

It is very exciting that the Australian Design Centre was successful in receiving funding for The Journal of Australian Ceramics 60th-year touring exhibition project. We will begin discussions and planning soon on activities associated with the exhibition.

It was decided to postpone the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2020 to 21 and 22 November due to the slow response and the uncertainty of Covid-19 restrictions if it were to go ahead in August. This creates an opportunity to trial the event later in the year closer to Christmas and, for those in the south, during warmer weather!

Our April JAC launch was successfully held by Zoom, followed in May by a Zoom Cup Catch-up. About 30 people attended and it was a fun interaction with people from around Australia. The July issue of JAC will also be launched by an event open to all on Zoom.

A summary of the Strategic Plan (SP) will be published in the July JAC, with the full SP available soon on australianceramics.com.

TACA Board is working on a communications plan based around our advocacy goals. The results of the member survey will also feed into this. Our website is currently being updated.

We will begin planning for the Annual General Meeting soon. We usually hold it in late September and this year three directors will step down as required by the constitution. Not everyone will be seeking renomination which means that we are seeking members with board skills, particularly in finances, to join the team. We aim to have more diversity on the board and welcome members from a range of backgrounds. Please give it some thought. The date of the next board meeting is Thursday 6 August.

Dr Cathy Franzi President

We welcome new TACA members who joined  between 24 April and 26 June 2020:
Clare Lorrimer, Ellen Gordon, Ramona Raven, Mineko Shimazawa, Marcia Espinosa, Elizabeth Wood, Tess Mitchell, Nien Schwarz, Jenny Coleman, Maria Blomfield, Renae Pennicuik, Lisa West, Sabbia Gallery, Aleksandra Kukoc, Phoebe Breen, Richard Tomaino, Elaine Ang-Giraud, Patricia Smart, Lois Basham, Ruby Yeh, Angus Gardner, Melanie Hardy, Gus Clutterbuck, Annie Long, Kim Redmond-Fewtrell, Marie-France Rose, Asahi So, Ken Ford, Gemma Pettiford, Nyssa Miller and Lucy Allman.

TACA BOARD 2019/2020
Avi Amesbury, NSW – South Coast; aviamesbury.com
Amanda Bromfield, NSW – North Coast; amandabromfield.com
Cathy Franzi (President) ACT; cathyfranzi.com
Kate Jones, VIC; soca.com.au/about/
Janetta Kerr Grant, VIC: janettakerrgrant.com.au
Holly Macdonald, VIC; holly-macdonald.com
Alana Wilson, NSW; alanawilson.com

Secretary: Vicki Grima
Executive Officer: Vicki Grima
Auditor: Dennis Woollam

TACA's Annual General Meeting will be held in September/October 2020.

Like to contact TACA BOARD?
Send an email to [email protected]; Subject: EMAIL TO TACA BOARD
The Australian Ceramics Association
PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 1435
SQ1, 32 Bowden St, Alexandria NSW 2015
T: 1300 720 124; 0419 250 282
E: [email protected]


The Australian Ceramics Association
SQ1 Studios, 32 Bowden St, Alexandria NSW 2015
PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 1435
T: +61 (0)2 9698 0230 (outside Australia)
Contact 1300 720 124
[email protected]

The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and the the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains as the traditional custodians of the land from which we live and work.

We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and that we are on stolen land. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who engage with the Association, our events and programs.