An exciting project is being planned by the Potters Group to mark the 20th anniversary of our centre next year.
to follow its progress!
Welcome to the website of the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre. The aim of our centre is firstly to provide a showcase for local art and craft. Amongst our talented contributors are painters, sculptors, textile artists, woodworkers, writers, musicians, paper artists and food providores. As most of our contributors also man the centre from time to time, you will meet them when you come to visit.
We also provide information for visitors to the area, and it is our staff members' personal extensive knowledge which helps people who come here from all parts of the world to enjoy our special region.
The centre is also a meeting place for community groups.
On the website you'll find out what's happening in the area, from our calendar and from our "What's on" page. There'll also be reports on recent events.
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Hilary's favourite game as a child was making mud pies, which looked so enticing that she'd sometimes eat them! It was her destiny to become a potter!
Hilary has been the dedicated secretary of our Arts and Information Centre for 20 years, since its inception, and was instrumental in starting the Beaudesert Potters group in 1976.
Her pottery career started in Gympie in 1969, when she attended adult education classes. She devoured the three books a month on pottery that the Brisbane City Library would send her.
Fortunately, a bakery in Gympie closed down, so Hilary and her husband Murray were able to salvage the fire bricks and so her first wood-fired kiln was built. The firing took eight hours, with stoking every 15 minutes, to reach 960 degrees. Fortunately Murray was happy to chop the wood and was just as interested in the end results.
The family moved to the farm in Veresdale in 1971. The fire bricks came too, and the kiln was rebuilt. Hilary attended more adult education classes, and made some lasting friendships during that time. Over the years she attended many seminars and classes but she owes the weekly classes with Albert Vereschurren and Ann Hill in Brisbane for four years for her wheel throwing ability.
In 1985 Hilary obtained a Diploma in Studio Ceramics, the culmination of a three-year course at Gold Coast TAFE. She also received tuition by top Australian potter Greg Daley at the Toowoomba Summer School in 1996, which helped her greatly with glazing techniques.
Hilary is well-known for her wonderful glazes. She says they are unpredictable, and that she has as many glazing failures as successes. It is a wonderful moment though opening the kiln to see what the results are. These days the wood-fired kiln has been replaced by an electric kiln, which is used to fire to stoneware temperatures.
Hilary's work reflects the Scenic Rim landscape, with mountains visible on her plates, bowls and mugs. The landscapes are interpreted through glazes and through hand-built additions to her thrown items.
Hilary enjoys teaching hand building to beginners and children, seeing pottery as a marvellous hobby and great therapy. Pottery has been a long-standing love affair for her, and she says she's still learning. She no longer eats her creations though!
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Morning tea with local member and minister
On Tuesday 20th January, a morning tea meet and greet was hosted by Jon Krause, member for Beaudesert, at the Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
Minister for Education , Training & Employment, John Paul Langbroek stood in for Arts Minister Ian Walker who was unable to attend.
Members from these organisations were represented: Beaudesert Community Arts & Information Centre Beaudesert, Beaudesert Quilters, Beaudesert Potters, Beaudesert Bush Bards, BAMS, BADCAP, RSL Sub Branch, Achoired Taste, Friends & Neighbours, Fellowship of Artists, Friends of Beaudesert Library and Beaudesert Hospital Auxiliary.
It was an informal morning tea giving people the opportunity to talk with the Minister and with our local member. About 45 people attended.
An added bit of fun was provided by Queenie & Quenton Quoll and their babies (of the endangered species - not real but toy ones). They are travelling around Queensland visiting information centres to see what attractions each area has. They had their photos taken with the Minister John Paul Langbroek and with MP Jon Krause.
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Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations
There'll be all sorts of celebrations happening in October 2015 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the formation of our Beaudesert Community Arts and Information Centre.
One of the events will be an art show on 30 and 31 October and 1 November.
WATCH THIS SPOT for more details.