Studio a boost for art scene

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Ceramics Studio coordinator Caitlin Dominey
Camera IconCeramics Studio coordinator Caitlin Dominey Credit: Picture: Danielle Raffaele

A crowd-funding campaign to enliven the Port Side art scene has gained steady momentum with more than $550 raised for its new ceramics studio to strengthen community connections since opening to the public last week.

Courthouse Gallery+Studio aimed to raise $10,000 to buy equipment for a new community ceramics studio including an electric wheel, slab rollers and extruder.

The equipment will play a vital role in offering locals the chance to create potted artwork at free public sessions.

Ceramic Studio co-ordinator Caitlin Dominey said ceramics had gained popularity across the country and suited rural towns such as Hedland.

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“Regional towns across the Pilbara are opening studios in communities and reaching out to one another for support and to develop connections,” she said.

“The (equipment) will dramatically increase the variety of work that can be made in the studio (and) means a wider range of classes can be offered. It’s an opportunity to participate in workshops ... and most importantly foster connection.

“Despite being quite new, this equipment will also usher in a reinvention of the space to make a better studio environment.” She said the “addictive” art of throwing pots, as well as it meditative qualities, would be beneficial for those in Hedland.

“Through the Ceramics Studio we are able to engage with organisations like the Youth Involvement Council and Yaandina Community Services to facilitate ceramics programs for those in need in our community,” she said.

“Participation in creative activities like this helps to develop resilience and improves wellbeing.

“With more equipment we are able to offer a better service to these organisations and increase our reach to support members of the community.

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