TENT TALKS @The Pottery Expo 2020

Update: 26 Feb 2020: Well that’s a wrap for the Tent Talks at The Pottery Expo 2020! A huge thanks to all the speakers and the audiences who attended.  If you were in the audience of any talks we would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any ideas for panel topics for 2021! Please email your thoughts to info@slowclay.com. We will leave this page live for now so you can see the content and get inspired for next year! 


Join the Slow Clay Centre team on the banks of the Yarra River at Warrandyte for the annual Pottery Expo featuring over 70 stalls showing studio ceramics from established to emerging practitioners. The Pottery Expo is a much-loved annual festival and not only can you see and collect unique ceramics, there’s also fabulous bands, food, wine and…..ta da….TENT TALKS by us at Slow Clay Centre! Bring your swimmers and make a day of it beside the river!

TENT TALKS: are held at 12.30pm and 3.30pm both days under the large tent near the main entrance, Stall 9. We will present a panel of artists to discuss a topic of interest under associated with ceramics. Entry is FREE and no bookings are required. We encourage you to stay around afterwards for a Q&A session with the artists. Topics are designed to open your minds to ceramics and present some of the artists’ ideas! Educational and fun!

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of The Pottery Expo and we congratulate Jane Annois and her team for a fabulous achievement! Make sure you visit The Pottery Expo website to plan your trip so you don’t miss out on some fabulous celebrations, including a light show by the one and only Marc Pascal   and music by ORCHA and Ella Thompson. It will be legendary! 

The 2020 Tent Talks free program: 

Saturday 22/2 12.30pm: Open Wide, Look InsideMegan Patey, Neil Hoffmann and Bernard & Jenny Kerr take you into their studios and their inspiration for their ceramics.

Saturday 22/2 3.30pm: The UK Visitors: Richard Phethean and John Higgins discuss their work and inspiration. They have come to Australia to participate in Take It Out Of The Garden, an exhibition at Manningham Gallery.

Sunday 23/2 12.30pm: Studio Options: Co-operatives, shared studios and single spaces, speakers: Pie Bolton (The Kiln Room), Minna Graham (formerly ClaySpace Daylesford) and Jane Sawyer (Slow Clay Centre).

Sunday 23/2 3.30pm: Take It Out Of The Garden: Curator David Warnock and Artist Jane Annois discuss the artists and curatorial intent of the exhibition “Take It Out of The Garden” at Manningham Gallery.


If you are keen to see/hear any other particular potters please email us to let us know!


Last 22/23 February, 12.30pm and 3.30pm


The large tent at the main entrance behind Slow Clay Centre, Stall no. 9 (from Webb st)


0418106039 for details of talks

The POTTERY EXPO WEBSITE for details of stallholders and entertainment. https://www.potteryexpo.com


A taste of last year’s 2019 PROGRAM:
Saturday 23/2 11am: Influence: Land Yvette Delacy, Pie Bolton and Alistair Whyte  discuss location, geology and deep time.
Saturday 23/2 3pm: La Céramique Francais with visiting French potters Yves Gaget, Maryse Tavernier, Claude Wolf and Jean Marc Plantier
Sunday 24/2 11am: Open Wide: Come Inside an intimate look into three artists’ studios with Mary Lou & Chris Pittard, John Tuckwell & Gloria Malone, and Kevin Boyd
Sunday 24/2 3pm: The Chef & The Potter Potters and chefs discuss their collaborations, with Sue & Hayden Macfarland, Woodland House, Altair Restaurant and Cone 11 ceramics