Mountains potters open their kilns to the public

Susie McMeekin's partner Don McGregor and son Wally in her Katoomba pottery studio checking the wood fired kiln.
Susie McMeekin's partner Don McGregor and son Wally in her Katoomba pottery studio checking the wood fired kiln.

A handful of Mountains-based potters will open their doors to the public on November 13 and 14 to offer insights into their craft.

They will join studios around the country (nearly 200) taking part in the weekend organised by The Australian Ceramics Association.

The five locals who will oepn their doors, workshops and kilns are Rachael Larkin, Robin Gurr, Susie McMeekin, Steve Sheridan and Sharon Mountain.

The addresses and details for the studios can be found on the association website, australianceramics.com.

Susie McMeekin, whose work is well known nationally and internationally, has been practising her art for many years in the Mountains, continuing a family tradition. Her father was pioneering potter Ivan McMeekin.

Susie recently built a wood-fired kiln at her Katoomba studio. Wood firing is a physically demanding process, with firings often taking place over many days.

The results can be surprising, as the flame transforms the clay surface. It is sometimes a family affair, with Susie's partner, Don McGregor and adult son, Wally, helping her keep an eye on the kiln.

Visitiors to the various sites will be treated to workshops and have all their pottery questions answered.