Warm Earth Exhibition

MALENY Arts and Crafts Group (MACG) clay workers presented their Warm Earth Exhibition over two weekends this month, taking the opportunity to show off their best and most sophisticated work.
The exhibition was timed to be part of the Australian Ceramic Association Open Studio weekend, with the work of 18 of the group’s members incorporating a variety of styles and techniques that the artists have developed.
Across the country 180 ceramic studios opened their doors to the public, including seven on the Sunshine Coast.
The group displayed a wide range of artistic and functional works reflecting the textures, colours and unique environment of the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The pieces are the work of a diverse group of people with distinct styles and approaches, and involve a range of firing techniques as well as varied finishes, surface decoration and glazes. There is inspiring hand building and creative wheel work.
Former MAGG president Ken Munzie opened the exhibition, acknowledging the group’s journey from humble beginning in 1977 to the wonderful shared creative workshop space at the Maleny Showground.
Ken said that groups such as MACG were keeping the old craft making practices alive, which was important.
“It is the responsibility of us older artisans to make sure that groups such as MACG continue to flourish and attract younger members so we can pass on these skills,” he said.