Phil Elson will be giving a demonstration and talk at the Arts Hub on Saturday 24th of October at 3.30pm.
This is an opportunity to see a master potter at work. Phil will be bringing his pottery wheel along, so we will get a chance to watch him throw pots and talk about his craft and art. This is an opportunity to see lumps of clay be transformed into elegant forms – alchemy at work.
All welcome, gold coin donation
Phil Elson’s ceramics practice over the past 30 years has been strongly informed by the ceramics of South East Asia; in particular the art of Japan, China and Korea. His practice specializes in the thrown form with a particular emphasis on the use of fine translucent porcelain.
In 2008 Phil was awarded an Australia Council studio residency in Barcelona where he traveled to the Basque country to investigate the traditional ceramics of northern Spain.
In more recent times he has traveled to Berlin and then further travel took him into the rural areas of India and Nepal.
Phil has given a number a glaze and throwing workshops both locally and around the country.
Phil’s work has been represented in a number of galleries and exhibitions nationally and in Virginia USA. He is highly regarded for his fine throwing in porcelain and his exquisite glazes. Phil works from his studio in the central Victorian town of Castlemaine.
After an encouragingly well-attended and successful opening event, the Newstead Arts Hub has now finished its inaugural exhibition, which put on display the high standard of work from our local artists. Those of us assisting with the exhibition frequently heard superlatives from visitors; a combination of delight at the restored building and being impressed with the quality of art on display. Over the three weekends, we averaged around 100 visitors per weekend, with many offering support by joining the Friends of the Newstead Arts Hub.
We are now thinking ahead to a calendar of events for the coming year. And this is where you come in…
Are you a local artist who would like to exhibit your work? Or join together with other artists to stage a group show? Perhaps the railway building would be a suitable venue for your activity, ranging from workshops, to creative space or music rehearsal. The venue is a quiet, light-filled space that may equally be appropriate for small conferences, study, writing or sketching groups. Alternatively, you may have a suggestion for an activity you’d like to see happen.
With much fanfare and celebration the Newstead Railway Arts Hub was officially opened on Saturday 29th August 2015.
The $430,000 restoration of the old station building was funded through VicTrack’s Community Use of Vacant Buildings Program. The project has been driven by Newstead 2021, in partnership with other local groups, the Friends of the Station and the Newstead Salon.
Special guests at the opening included Dja Dja Wurrung’s Ron Kerr Jnr, State Member Maree Edwards, Mount Alexander Shire Mayor Christine Henderson together with Councillors Michael Redden and Sharon Telford, VicTrack Director David Hunter, along with Karly Smith and Kate Tucker from the Maldon and District Community Bank.
Speakers included MC Geoff Park, Ron Kerr who gave the Welcome to Country, Maree Edwards, David Hunter, Christine Henderson, Friends of the Station representative Janet Barker, and local artists Horse and Julie Patey.