News from Queensland by Janet Kovesi-Watt
Potters needing a spring fix to inspire them, in years between POTobers, can fly over to Jackie Gasson's Spring Fever on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is held in a spacious conference centre in the middle of a mini-rainforest, 15 minutes walk from the beach at Alexandra Headland, and has a similar format to POTober, with distinguished potters demonstrating and speaking about their work. Cher Shackleton, Robyn Lees and Warrick Palmateer have all performed in previous years. Then there are dinners and a magical mystery bus tour of the counryside and some of the potter inhabitants of amazing Queensland.
This year Jackie Masters and Sheryl Chant joined me for the experience. Demonstrators this year included Ted Secombe, Simone Frazer and Cathi Franzi, who we have seen here, and it was great to renew our acquaintance. Cathi has now been awarded a doctorate for her work researching and then portraying on pots the flora round Canberra. She is also the current president of the Australian Ceramics Society, so even more distinguished than when she demonstrated here.
Richard Dewar, now working in Brittany, was the international visitor, who won all hearts with his inventive pots and his songs to guitar at the dinner hosted by Jackie at her romantic forest home. He made up some of the words as he went along, ending his ''Spring fever pottery blues'' with a decision to take up embroidery instead.