Australian Ceramics Open Studios (ACOS) is an annual, nationwide weekend event celebrating clay, community and creativity. This year doors will open on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November, inviting audiences from around the country into over 200 ceramic studios.
Now in its eleventh year – launched by the Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) – ACOS poses a multifaceted opportunity to meet the makers in local communities, purchase artworks, and reveal the diversity of practice and medium. There will be workshops, demonstrations, kiln firings, and inspiring conversation with potters located in the suburbs, cities, and rambling rural settings.
For curious artists, Open Studios shows the breath of full-time ceramicists and part-time hobbyists and the occasional dabblers, providing a rare opportunity to see how they set up their studio.
After taking part last year, Holly O’Meehan (Walyalup, WA) shares, “I was truly surprised and overjoyed with how many visitors I had, especially as it was my first open studio through TACA. I had visitors who were making the weekend of it and used the map to bounce from one studio to another all across Perth. It was also a great chance to meet other potters close by and nerd out on all things clay!”
Ceramic artist Kirsten Perry (Naarm, VIC) adds, “A few people were studio hopping and filled me in on how their day was going. It was a lovely way to build community.” She notes, “I met a few ladies who were inspired to turn their garage into a ceramic studio after seeing mine. That alone made it worthwhile.”