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"The Australian Ceramics Triennale 2012, Subversive Clay  Has been a major success.

The lecture theatres were full to capacity with ceramicists from all over the world coming together to talk clay and concepts.

Our exhibition program was extensive with over 35 exhibitions in most of Adelaide's leading public and private galleries.

Several very fun social events were held and two major masterclasses by internationally renouned artists, Akio Takamori and Masamichi Yoshikawa were full to capacity.

Demonstrations were performed by over 20 artists over the four day conference at Uni SA, AC Arts and the JamFactory.

Running this conference has been thoughly enjoyable and very inspiring"


Amy Sierp-Worth, 

Conference Project Manager


“On behalf of Craftsouth and the South Australian ceramics community I am pleased to introduce the 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale held in Adelaide from 28th September to 1st October.

This is the 13th National Ceramics Conference and we are proud to have presented an exciting program that brought together leading national and international ceramics practitioners, educators, collectors, critics and cultural theorists in celebrating diversity, plus social and cultural approaches to this field.”


Peter Johnson,

Chair, Ceramics Triennale Steering Committee


The theme for this conference was ‘Subversive Clay’ and over four days it explored clay as a medium capable of challenging artistic, social and cultural issues through an investigation across past traditions and invigorating new experimentations.

Representing excellence in contemporary clay practice from around the world, the conference considered how ceramic artists contest traditional approaches to clay as a medium, as an important art form, and thus its role in society.


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University of South Australia, Fenn Place. Photo: Grant Hancock