2022 TENT TALKS @The Pottery Expo

Slow Clay Centre is a proud sponsor of The Pottery Expo. Instigating the Tent Talks in 2016, we have continued to present an annual educational program of panel discussions involving many of the artists showing at The Pottery Expo. The Tent Talks are free to all!  

The 2022 Tent Talks @ThePotteryExpo are over but stay tuned because the films are coming soon!




Saturday 26 Feb:

10am: Studio Reveals: Terunobu Hirata, Denise McDonald and Tian You take us inside their studios to show us behind the scenes

11.30: Building a Wood Kiln: Jann Kesby, Neil Hoffmann and Steve Williams show us how they build their fabulous wood kilns!

Sunday 27 Feb:

10am: Practice Reveals: Claire Ellis, Emma Parker and Jessie Pittard discuss their ceramics practice and how they position their work in the market

11.30am: The Glory of Glaze: Alexandra Copeland, Adam Cox and Trevor Smith discuss their approach to specialist glazes

2pm: Clay Communities: Jane Annois (The Pottery Expo), Jane Sawyer (Slow Clay Centre) and Juliet Widdows (Valley Potters) discuss community and what it means to them

Free! No bookings required but grab yourself a chair early!

The annual Tent Talks at The Pottery Expoare held each February beside the beautiful Yarra River (The Birrarung) at Warrandyte. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we hold these talks, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation and pay our respects to the elders past, present and emerging and note the this land has not been ceded.

The Pottery Expo is an outdoor ceramics market that features over 60 stalls showing studio ceramics from emerging to established practitioners. It is a much-loved annual festival with music, food, wine and…..ta da….our Slow Clay Centre TENT TALKS  where we invite panels of makers to speak on topics of interest. The idea is to connect the public to the makers’ ideas, materials and processes and to show some of the work that goes on behind the scenes!

TENT TALKS: are located in Tent A, near the main entrance behind the Slow Clay Centre stall. 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! We welcome suggestions for educational and fun topics.

You can visit The Pottery Expo website to read more and we look forward to seeing you in 2023! 

You can visit the 2021 Tent Talks by watching the videos below: 

Jann Kesby & Rob Barron discuss wood firing and their work

IAC members Prue Venables, Ted Secombe and Jane Sawyer

Sandy Lockwood & Su Hanna discuss wood firing and their work

Kate Jones, Parker Lev Dupain and Judith Roberts raise questions about sustainability

IAC members Janet DeBoos & Sally Walk discuss the IAC and their work