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Pottery Hub launched

Arts & Artisans, Community, Meander StyleJoanne Eisemann
Photo by Mike Moores  Pottery Hub coordinator Trish Richers (left) and Brenda Griechen in front of the Pottery Hub kiln, discussing Brenda’s pottery echidna.

Photo by Mike Moores

Pottery Hub coordinator Trish Richers (left) and Brenda Griechen in front of the Pottery Hub kiln, discussing Brenda’s pottery echidna.

By Wendy Laing

SATURDAY 24 August was the official launch of the Deloraine Pottery Hub, held at Deloraine Creative Studios. Sonja Grodski, the President of DCS, welcomed 30 guests to the launch.

Sally Darke, Chairperson of the Tasmanian Community Fund congratulated the Deloraine Pottery Hub on their launch. ‘It is a pleasure’, she said, ‘to see the kiln we have funded set up and being used by the community in this large open space.’

Sonja also spoke of the work that Trish Richers, the Pottery Hub coordinator, has achieved with kiln firings, organising beginner classes and arranging for professional and amateur potters to use the Hub. ‘Through her efforts,’ Sonja said, ‘Trish has produced a relaxed atmosphere where people using the space feel most welcome.’

A toast was then given to the success of the Deloraine Pottery Hub.

The Meander Valley Council was thanked for their generous support supplying shelving, benches and cupboards.

For more information please call into the Deloraine Creative Studios and chat to Trish Richers in the Pottery Hub area, contact her on 0407 930 342 or email

Firing your creativity with clay

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
A pottery hub has been developed at Deloraine Creative Studios thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, Denis Durham and the Meander Valley Council. Pictured is Trish Richers, the Pottery Hub Co-ordinator.   Photo | Mike Moores

A pottery hub has been developed at Deloraine Creative Studios thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, Denis Durham and the Meander Valley Council. Pictured is Trish Richers, the Pottery Hub Co-ordinator.

Photo | Mike Moores

March 2019

IT IS with great excitement that Deloraine Creative Studios (DCS) is announcing the completion and availability of our Pottery Hub. After 18 months of tireless work by the DCS executive committee President Sonja Grodski, Vice President Rod Russell-Stone and Treasurer Tracy Rolph, the vision of the Pottery Hub has come to fruition.

This would not have been possible without the support and backing of Mr Dennis Durham and the Tasmanian Community Fund. Mr Durham had the faith in the quality of our studios to finance the renovation and remodelling of the area into a beautiful space to house the Pottery Hub.

The executive committee applied successfully for a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund for the purchase of a large kiln and associated furbishing. The Tasmanian Community Fund is an independent organisation that supports and strengthens Tasmanian communities by distributing funds to these communities.

The Meander Valley Council also provided a grant to enable DCS to acquire the extensive industrial shelving, benches and cupboards required for the Pottery Hub. With the above support DCS will now forge ahead to facilitate and administer access to the valuable local Deloraine and North-west district resource.

The Pottery Hub, located at 59-61 Emu Bay Rd Deloraine is a dynamic resource for the local and wider northwest Tasmanian community. It is available to both groups and individuals and is a space in which to share knowledge, acquire new skills and nurture creativity while interacting with a variety of potters and ceramicists, skilled and beginner alike.

Trish Richers is the Pottery Hub co-ordinator. Information and bookings for space, firings and classes is available by contacting her on 0407 930 342 or Beginner pottery classes in hand building will commence on Saturday 9th February.

Presently the activities on offer are:

1. Beginners classes

2. Hiring of space by individuals or groups wishing to hold workshops

3. Clay supplies

4. Kiln firings and hire of shelf space

Members of the public are welcome to come and view the Pottery Hub area during DCS opening hours and to discuss how the Hub can help them fulfil their creative ambitions.

Statewide Youth Art Award

Events, Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Ellie Newland’s work entitled ‘Conflicted’ will be on show.

Ellie Newland’s work entitled ‘Conflicted’ will be on show.

October 2018

TASMANIAN YOUNG Artist Award. This State-wide award, financed by Rotary, offers the chance for talented young Tasmanians to exhibit their artistic talent to a wide audience.

Now in its 2nd year, the exhibition, to be shown at the Deloraine Creative Studios, will include works by 28 talented school children from years 7 to 12 which are their personal interpretations of this year’s theme of “Phases”.

The exhibition will be shown from the 1st to 30th November. Drop in and be surprised!

Out of the pencil box

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
New resident of Meander Valley, Leonie Myer, at work in her studio

New resident of Meander Valley, Leonie Myer, at work in her studio


WHEN YOU first see the artwork of local artist Leonie Myer, you could be forgiven for thinking you are looking at a painting. Look closer and you realise that her detailed realism is created by humble coloured pencils.

Since arriving from Queensland a few months ago, Leonie has been inspired by Meander Valley’s abundant wildlife - a theme that will soon be making its presence felt through her art.

“I have been creating realism with coloured pencils for about 17 years and find them to be an amazingly versatile and portable medium,” Leonie said.

Leonie has spent years refining her technique and now produces artwork with such accuracy that it really does make you look twice.

“It can take over a hundred hours to produce a large artwork, blending and layering colour a section at a time to create a natural and life-like piece,” Leonie said.

Birds are one of Leonie’s favourite subjects and she has discovered such an abundant diversity in Meander Valley.

“Coloured pencils are not often associated with fine art and it’s time that perception was challenged. I have spent the last 8 years teaching coloured pencil techniques, sharing my skills and my passion for this humble medium and it has been very rewarding,” Leonie said.

Leonie’s art can be viewed at Deloraine Creative Studios where she has settled into her new workspace. For those that wish to learn more about creating a coloured pencil masterpiece, Leonie is holding an Introduction to Creating Realism with Coloured Pencil Workshop on Saturday 3rd November. All materials are supplied. For bookings phone 0408 010 188 or visit Deloraine Creative Studios.

Photo | Supplied

Opening for young artists

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2017 | Wendy Laing

THE OFFICIAL opening of the Tasmanian Young Artist Awards 2017 was held at the Deloraine Creative Studios on Thursday, 2nd November.

It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Deloraine in conjunction with the Deloraine Craft Fair.

Night Sky Girl by Aroma Imran and Biro Oscillation by Mitchell McKenzie were the joint winners of the Years 7 to 10 section. Inevitable Death by Flynne Bessell received a commendation.

In the Years 11 to 12 section the winner was Conflicting Space by Callum Holmberg, with Sparks Will Fly by Heidi Smith and Muse by Brooke Thornbury receiving commendations.

Judge, Carol McLean congratulated the artists of their high standard of work.

“Art isn’t just putting pictures on the wall. It includes pencil drawings, computer animations and photography,” she said.

“The spark of a professional artist is in the skill, talent and choice of subject.”

The Director of the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Mr Tim Biggs said that he hoped the Tasmanian Young Artist Awards would continue to be held as be part of the craft fair in the future.

St Helens artists join forces

EventsJoanne EisemannComment

September 2017

DELORAINE CREATIVE Studios are hosting partner artists John Perrin and Suzanna van den Heuvel of “Artsea” gallery from St Helens in September and October.

A painter all his life, John’s prolific work in acrylic, pastel and pen and ink includes seascapes, marine life, boats and birds, as well as the more recent still life and abstract subjects.

With travel and time spent living in China as big influences, Suzanna experiments with lino prints, calligraphy and mixed media, including handmade paper.

Located at the turnoff to the Big4 C/P, their gallery was on the Art Trail as part of the award winning Bay of Fires Festival this year; where they had the joy of interacting with visitors from around Australia and overseas.

With their work also displayed at 36 Cecelia Street, St Helens, both retirees enjoy the Thursday vibrant Art group at the town’s Neighbourhood House, and look forward to meeting and sharing their passion with all in Deloraine.

Meander Valley Arts Society

Events, Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment
MVAS logo

MVAS logo

MAY 2017

MEANDER VALLEY Arts Society (MVAS) is marking its first decade of operation with a 10-year retrospective exhibition of members' work, to be held at the Deloraine Creative Studios from 6th to 31st May.

MVAS cordially invites the public to the exhibition opening, to be held at the Studios at 2.00pm on Saturday 6th May.

Sven's wonderful wood

Events, Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment
Sven Madson with a piece of his fine furniture

Sven Madson with a piece of his fine furniture

MARCH 2017 | Wendy Laing

AN EXHIBITION of Svend Madsen’s high quality, speciality furniture and lighting was on display in the Deloraine Creative Studios during February and the first week of March this year.

Mr Madsen said he has always had an interest in woodwork and design since he was a young man. He had studied drawing and design at the Interior Architect School in Copenhagen, Denmark before immigrating to Australia in 1967.

The first six months was spent in Melbourne before he arrived in Tasmania where the first thing he noticed was how green the grass was. "Just like the grass in Denmark," he said. He stayed, married a local girl and has made Tasmania his home for over 49 years.

Handmade in his workshop in Taroona, all Mr Madsen’s designs on display at the Creative Studios were all created using different types of Tasmanian wood.

The timber lampshades showcased the warmth, beauty and subtle aroma of Huon Pine. Other Tasmanian timbers were also blended into a few of the lights on display.

Among the pieces of occasional furniture were modular shelving made from Tasmanian Oak that could be reconfigured to suit any home, and a streamlined and very comfortable lounge chair constructed from Celery Top Pine and leather.

"I like to design and make items that have clean lines and are functional," he said. "My inspiration comes from the shape, look and properties of the timber I use."

Displays and sales of Mr Madsen’s’ lights and furniture are made through the Henry Jones Design Gallery located in the historic IXL Jam factory on the Hobart waterfront.

He is very proud that his designs are not only commissioned and sold throughout Australia but also internationally.

Photo | Mike Moores

Pam teaches glass

Arts, FeatureJoanne EisemannComment


JANUARY 2017 | Marguerite McNeill

DELORAINE HIGH School student Felicity Honner enjoys working with fragments of coloured glass to create something special.

The thirteen year old, who said the activity was “pretty good,” has become so adept at the craft that a piece of her glassware won a first prize award at this year’s Deloraine Show.

The simply fashioned vase with beautifully coordinated colours was created during art classes under the guidance of glass artist Pamela Tankard of Deloraine. Felicity is one of about 80 students to practise glasswork as part of their art program during the year.

Deloraine High art teacher Maria Lietzau said that the students were very lucky to experience glasswork, as very few schools would have such an opportunity. She said that it was a great addition to the whole art program.

A volunteer at the school for the past few years, Ms Tankard works mainly with grade 7 students and enjoys the chance of working with the young people to share her love of creating with glass.

As well as using her own kiln to fire the glassware, she manages the school’s larger kiln to fire ceramic works made by the students.

Delighted with the success of the classes, the 76-year-old is also feeling pretty chuffed about her own achievement of completing a Diploma of Visual Arts at Devonport TAFE. She is now looking forward to her first solo exhibition that opens in Deloraine this month.

The exhibition entitled ‘Essence of Life’ features contemporary porcelain vessels and pâte de verre leaves. The designs are inspired by the local environment, including the plateau and the Great Western Tiers.

The exhibition at Deloraine Creative Studios in Emu Bay Road, Deloraine will be on show from 2nd to 30th January 2017.

The official opening by winner of the 2014 Fine Porcelain Design Award Belinda Winkler will be on Friday 13th January 2017 at 6.00pm.

Photo | Mike Moores

Life is a blank canvas

Events, NewsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2016

U3A IS holding its second art and mosaic exhibition in Deloraine Creative Studios from Saturday 3rd December to Sunday 18th December.

During each year, U3A offers various art groups to its members tutored by other U3A members who have skills they choose to share.

‘Beyond Barriers’ will feature a variety of art and mosaics from participants of these groups.

Curated by one of the art tutors, Linda Ireland, the official opening of this exhibition is on Saturday 3rd December at 4.00 pm in Deloraine Creative Studios.

U3A is about getting together and learning in a friendly, social and supportive group and welcomes new members.

For more information contact Marg Leedham on 0409 892 462, Mel Dennison on 0416 024 024 or you can email meandervalleyu3a

Beautiful science

Arts, EventsJoanne EisemannComment


NOVEMBER 2016 | Wendy Laing

THE DELORAINE Creative Studios will be the venue for the Amazing Tasmanian Science Stories until the 30th November, 2016.

Ten artists, using a variety of printmaking techniques, are holding an art and story-telling exhibition.  Each piece of art will be accompanied by a short, interesting Tasmanian science tale.

The aim of the Amazing Tasmanian Science Stories is to give people a new way to be delighted and inspired by beautiful art and science together.

Wildlife biologist and artist Ms Rebecca Donaldson said that the printmakers have taken inspiration from unusual and crazy science stories to create their works of art.

Some of the narratives describe the science behind cheese making and the latest technique in pasture science as well as tales of Tasmanian animals, lost treasures, beautiful plants and mysterious life-forms.

Ms Donaldson went on to say that she and the artists want the exhibition to appeal to everyone who loves art and stories and will be surprised to learn interesting information about science in Tasmania.

The exhibition is also a chance for the artists to share the secrets and beauty of printmaking and to discuss opportunities for people who live in the Meander Valley to become involved in art in their community.

A People’s Choice vote will be available throughout the exhibition.

[udesign_icon_font name="fa fa-camera" color="#000000"] Gavin Price

Opportunity beckons at Deloraine Studios

Arts, FeatureJoanne Eisemann1 Comment
Brad Quin

Brad Quin

MAY 2016 | Sara Fawcett and David Claridge

ARTIST BRAD Quinn is progressing in his art career. Living in Westbury, he has just taken on a small studio in Deloraine Creative Studios.

Already off to a good start, Brad has sold three paintings in two weeks after opening.

“Taking a studio space in Deloraine is a big step for me,” Brad said.

“I’ve been interested in painting and drawing ever since I can remember.

I was good at art in school and just stumbled into studying graphic design at RMIT. Now I have spent most of my career as a freelance illustrator.”

“I don’t believe that paintings need to have a message or meaning. My main interest is trying to re-create the effects of light on objects — landscapes, still lifes, interiors — in the simplest way possible,” he said.

Brad’s work is mostly in oils, creating a style that most people would describe as realistic or impressionist.

“It’s hard to describe exactly how this is done. I spend a lot of time experimenting and looking at how other artists work.

The internet is a fabulous tool for examining other paintings in detail and so many contemporary artists are very generous in explaining their materials and techniques,” he said.

“Some of my paintings never get finished because they are not working.  Others get finished but don’t feel right, so they get hidden away.”

“But when a painting works and I am happy with the final result, there is still the question - does anybody else think it is good enough to want to own it?”.

The Deloraine Creative Studios explain on their website that they give people the opportunity to observe and talk with artists and craftspeople as they weave their magic, creating authentic Tasmanian products including painting, weaving, sewing, making jewellery and woodcrafts.

You can visit the studios seven days a week.

Photo | Mike Moores

Dawn's island heritage

Arts, FeatureJoanne EisemannComment
‘Aunty’Dawn Blazely, Aboriginal artist

‘Aunty’Dawn Blazely, Aboriginal artist

SEPTEMBER 2015 | Sara Fawcett

HOW DO people of one culture understand the art of another?

For example, how do we, as white Australians, understand the intentions and meanings represented by Aboriginal art?

Aboriginal painter Dawn Blazeley is a local Tasmanian artist who conveys her cultural history in a contemporary way for us to experience and perhaps understand.

In Dawn’s words, this enables her to preserve the Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations.

To assist her in this mission, Dawn has recently received a grant from the Australian government’s Regional Arts Fund to participate in Master Printing workshops at the King Island Arts and Culture Centre.

Bass MP Andrew Nikolic has stated on his website that this fund supports local cultural organisations and artists to create artwork that not only speaks to the community but allows us all to participate in the process of creation.

Through this three day workshop and other exhibitions such as that at Deloraine Creative Studios, Dawn communicates the story of her homeland of Cape Barren Island and her tribe.

“My paintings highlight the strength and spirituality of the land, sea and its ability to sustain my people who inhabit it,” Dawn said.

Dawn has been using painting as a means of expressing the Aboriginal story since having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Tasmania.

“I have been painting ever since,” she said.

And she will be painting and expressing her story and that of the land for some time yet.

“When I started this artistic journey many years ago I did not consider I would spend my middle years of life painting and drawing, but I must say it has been a fantastic time of my life,” she said.

Dawn’s work can be seen at Deloraine Creative Studios: open 10.00am to 4.00pm daily.

Photo | Mike Moores