About Us

We are a network of potters on the NSW Mid-North Coast. All our activities are open to artists and others who would like to join with us.

Originally formed in 2003, we are a friendly and supportive club of potters and ceramicists that continues to grow every year.

The aim of Coastal ClayMakers is to promote and encourage the study of ceramics by means of lectures, discussions, excursions, projects and practical workshops.

We are committed to encouraging and fostering the development and recognition of our members and pottery in Australia.


Coastal ClayMakers formed in 2003 when a group of students were about to complete their TAFE ceramics course. They wished to retain that special feeling of being with other clay enthusiasts, sharing skills and enjoying the fun and camaraderie engendered by ceramics-related activities. Their enthusiasm drew in other potters from the Coffs Harbour and surrounding area, including Nambucca, Kempsey, Bellingen, Dorrigo and Woolgoolga.

The group was officially launched in January 2003. Trisha Dean, the then editor of Pottery in Australia (now the Journal of Australian Ceramics) spoke at that meeting, and wished the group every success. Trisha then presented our first two-day weekend workshop, Exploring Glazes, which successfully set the scene for a multitude of other very diverse workshops held since then.

Coastal ClayMakers was up and running!


P1010378The Committee meets monthly to organise meetings, workshops, the Newsletter, exhibitions, excursions and participation in community events.

Vice President: Cath O’Gorman
Secretary: Jane Northway
Treasurer: Deborah Hawkes
Workshop Director: Julie Nash
Publicity: Kristina Cooke
Committee Members: Phil Greed; Parma Keft

Committee Members

Ann Streckfuss, Joy Everett, John Tuckwell, Allan Casey, Gloria Malone


Since its inception, Coastal ClayMakers has organised numerous members’ exhibitions at local galleries such as Nexus Community Gallery in Bellingen and as far afield as the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) and Armidale Art Gallery, at Armidale. This has proven to be a very worthwhile exercise in the development of member’s ceramic practice, and provides an opportunity for members to offer their work for sale. Exhibitions are planned and organised efficiently by a sub-committee who oversee entry forms, receipt and display of works and...

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We hold regular workshops presented by leading artists from across the country. Members and the general public can take part in these events locally rather than having to travel to City locations. Our facilities are world class and our workshops have developed a strong following

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