The Australian Ceramics Triennale Tasmania (Hobart, 1-4 May 2019)

may, 2019

01may1:00 pm4:30 pmThinking SpaceCastray Esplanade, Hobart


The Thinking Space is the place to go deep – an opportunity for small group discussions, tutorial style, on matters of material and process – think glaze technology, mind mapping and finding your voice – to name a few.  Of an evening this space will be home to the Philosophy Café – an opportunity to really ‘unpack’ some of the big Triennale ideas in an atmosphere of playful rigour, openness and tolerance.

1.00pm – 4.30pm

Curt MacDonald – Glaze Chemistry Workshop

This workshop is limited to 20 places.  Pre-registration for this specific workshop is essential.  Please contact Curt McDonald at to secure your place.
This workshop is designed to give practising ceramic artists an understanding of glaze mechanics, how to use them to develop their own glazes, and fix the ones they have.


Topics Covered Will Include:


An in-depth look at different glaze materials and what is in them

An overview of different glaze types and the materials they need
Designing glazes from scratch on the computer!
Firings, cones and heatwork: what happens in the kiln
Glaze application and how ceramic chemistry matters
A survey of glaze problems and how to address them
Important resources for future glaze testing and research


(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Princes Wharf One

Castray Esplanade, Hobart

Speakers for this event

  • Dr Curt McDonald

    Dr Curt McDonald

    Heat, cold, pressure, time. Time. Soft dust, hard cliff, everywhere. Waiting. A road cut shows you ancient interior, a secret vault, seeing sun for the first time in a hundred million years. Curt McDonald is a ceramic artist based in Perth. His work communicates the beauty and richness of Western Australia's vast landscape and geological legacy through clay, using natural materials found and developed in WA. Curt distils and decants the materials of the bush into the vessel itself at the most fundamental level. Simple, iconic forms reference familiar shapes from our natural environment, invoking subconscious remembrance of place and the comfort it brings. The significant endeavour of locating, refining and transforming these unique natural materials is rewarded by rich, multi-layered colours and textures, which channel the quiet warmth and vibrance of the WA landform. Traditional firing methods - including the ancient magic of the wood kiln - bring out the soul of these endemic materials. This work addresses an inherent contradiction in contemporary ceramic practice. There are few mediums in which the origin of the raw materials is as important to the final appearance of the work as in ceramics. The current yearning to return to the authentic and the bespoke sails hard into the wind of a streamlined global supply chain in which few - if any - of the materials we use come from the places we belong to. Curt's work rediscovers and expresses WA's timeless geological signature, and embodies an authentic reference to place. artwork: Untitled (2017), thrown stoneware, slip and other native materials, 88 x 15 cm, photoghrapher Rob Frith