Thursday, 7 July 2011

Honor Freeman- A surprise in the post…..

a well thumbed copy of Notes for Potters in Australiaby Ivan McMeekin, published in 1967. A thoughtful jeweller friend who appreciates old-school craft tomes sent it via snail mail – the perfect impetus to get blogging.

Inside the dust jacket a critique by Mollie Douglas, also published in Pottery in Australia, Vol 6, no1, May 1967 (if anyone has access to early editions of the publication). There’s some beautiful marking and highlighting throughout the pages by the book’s previous owner, as penned on the inside of the dust jacket. Previous owner Judy Leach….if anyone knows Judy, let her know her Notes for Potters in Australiahas found a good home.

Apologies for my tardiness in posting a contribution to the blog, similar to almost everyone’s sentiments – it’s new territory. Whilst I have previously poo-poo’d the world of blogging, having spent the better part of the last 12 months living and working in Tennant Creek, I have to concede that the internet and blogs have been one way of beating the isolation of living remote.

My first introduction to the Journal of Australian Ceramics (then Pottery in Australia), was at high school, where the artroom in a small country backwater town on the border of SA and VIC was an old nissen hut. An eccentric art teacher with a passion for ceramics ensured there was a healthy collection of journals to seek inspiration and knowledge from.

50 years and still in printed format – that indeed deserves some celebration as more and more publications fall prey to the pressures of modern technology and exist now only in cyberspace. Call me old fashion, but because computers and dust will never be best friends, I sincerely hope that the Journal of Australian Ceramics can find a way in this modern world to remain in its current tactile printed format. Congratulations and a big thanks to all those who have worked tirelessly over the 50 year history to keep it alive and on the shelves of your local quality newsagent.

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