The Australian Ceramics Association’s annual Open Studios event returns this year to highlight the diverse practice of Australian artists working with ceramics.

More than 100 ceramics studios will open to the public to offer visitors the chance to see artists at work. There will also be practical demonstrations (including wheel throwing, clay-trimming and hand-building) as well as discussions with artists. You can also buy handmade objects and original ceramics direct from their makers.

Join the open studio trail this August 19 and 20 and join artists at work.

Studio Enti
13 Foley Street, Darlinghust
Peek inside a workshop and retail store full of elegant porcelain tableware and lighting designed by Naomi Taplin (whose ceramics are often commissioned for popular Sydney restaurants). Taplin formed Studio Enti in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. You’ll find stacks of handcrafted porcelain tableware in aquatic colourways, assembled in long lines on timber trestle tables.

Cooks River Studio
14 Riverview Road, Earlwood
Join a discussion on the ceramic techniques of hand-building (an ancient pottery technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using only the hands, fingers and simple tools), slip-casting and press-moulding with urban artist Kirsty Collins. Find ceramic mug shot portraits (clay portraits of people’s faces) and a range of works for sale.

Two workshops will be held over the weekend using clay to sculpt faces, be that your own or someone else’s. Making Your Face is designed for children on Saturday at 11am and Making Your Partner’s Face is for couples and friends on Sunday at 11am. Don’t forget to bring a $2 donation for the clay.

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Little White Dish
1–7 Unwins Bridge Road, Saint Peters
Explore a fully operational pottery studio showcasing predominately wheel-thrown objects alongside jewellery and slip-cast light instillations by long-time potter Deb Taylor. A small selection of pieces will also be available to buy.

Made Local
22 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
See ceramic works by the owner of this shopfront pottery studio, Louis McCallam, and other local potters, painters and printmakers.

Mu Ceramics Studio Gallery
8 Read Place (corner of Best Avenue), Mosman
Watch Feyona van Stom demonstrate hand-building. A large selection of van Stom’s sculptures will also be on display.

Pots & Bobs
38 Lady Street, Mount Colbah
What sets this studio apart is it’s small so that attention to detail is first and foremost. Find individual handcrafted pieces made in a small backyard studio – mostly functional items for everyday use in various clays, colours and textures.