Community & Cultural Projects

Ceramic Lab

The Ceramic Design Lab provided hands on ceramics experience through a series of sessions for Aboriginal artists from the Forster/Worimi region. The aim of the Lab was to teach new ceramic techniques and develop new designs for ceramic products which could be mass marketed through the National Aboriginal Design Agency.

The Ceramic Design Lab provided opportunity for 6 Aboriginal artists to develop designs for ceramic drinking vessels.  It also introduced these artists to production techniques of model making, mould making, casting and firing. The goal was to produce prototypes for possible production and sales / income for artists, specifically;

  • to build design and mould making skills for production of slip cast ceramic form including drinking vesssels.
  • to reseed ceramic drinking vessel designs ideas that were initiated by participants in TAFE foundation design training
  • To design prototype test forms for feedback
  • produce minimum 5 designs that may go into production
  • to explore production options designed product

Artist and teacher, Steve Williams, facilitated the project.  Steve is an internationally respected three dimensional artist with a passion for education and engaging with community.  He has 30 years’ experience as a practicing artist specialising in wood-fired ceramics and 22 years’ experience managing TAFE Art and Design Schools. He has taught the Cert IV in Aboriginal Design at Great Lakes TAFE for the past three years and was integral in the establishment of the Yili Designers.


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