Finished pots fund Finnish pots
CLARENCE ceramic artist Geoff Crispin is heading off on another pottery pilgrimage, this time to one of the world's famous centres for art and design in Finland.
The Scandinavian country is one of the leaders in the field of industrial and artistic design and Geoff has been invited to take part in a month-long ceramic workshop (July 17-August 17) followed by an exhibition in Savitaipale, a municipality about two and half hours north of the capital Helsinki.
The invitation was extended by fellow wood firing potter Risto Hamalianen, who Geoff met while attending a pottery symposium in China about four years ago.
"I was invited a while ago but had commitments in the Tiwi Islands so now that is wrapped up I'm finally able to head over there."
While all this sounds rather glamorous, Geoff is footing most of the bill himself and to help alleviate some of the pressure (Finland is expensive) he is holding a pottery sale at his Whiteman Creek studio next weekend.
"Any arts funding was out of the question given the short time frame. It was bureaucratically impossible especially given the event fell across two funding periods."
Geoff will be the only international visitor involved in the workshop; the other three or four potters involved all Finnish, and will have his accommodation provided billet-style.
He said he was looking forward to the experience despite not really knowing what to expect when he gets there.
"It know it's summer up there so it will be 22 hours of sunlight each day and we will be making pots at Risto's studio."
He said taking opportunities like these helps with professional development as well as providing networking opportunities.
"You get to meet like-minded people and explore new avenues. I'm hoping there will be an exchange possibility after this so Risto can come over to the Clarence at some stage and we can do something similar here."