Ceramics & Glass Circle of Australia Inc.

Welcome to the Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia, an organisation to promote the understanding of ceramics and glass. While we are based in Australia, we have members internationally.

The Ceramics and Glass Circle of Australia was established in 1984 when a group of like-minded individuals convened at Melbourne University with a view to establishing an association through which those interested in ceramics and glass could mix and expand their knowledge and enjoyment of the subjects. On 18 June 1984, 13 foundation members met and established the Circle.

A small and enthusiastic group, they met regularly and numbers gradually increased so that, by October 1985, the Circle had 25 members and a formal constitution and committee. Over the decades, the Circle has continued to expand and now has over 100 members and meets regularly at the Toorak Uniting Church hall.

The Circle focuses on scholarly and quality presentations, but without pretension, maintaining a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is always interested in new and contemporary ceramics and glass, the activities of modern creatives, and to support the tastes of those interested in these arts.

Circle members enjoy a regular newsletter, monthly meetings with presentations by members, external and even international speakers, regular social occasions, such as the Spring and Autumn dinners, studio and gallery visits, an annual study weekend and much enthusiastic fellowship.

The Circle has conducted numerous exhibitions, including ‘Parasols & Pagodas: the influence of Chinese and Japanese porcelain on 18th century European ceramics’, ‘Radiant Reflections in Chinese Glass’, ‘The Japanese Aesthetic: three centuries of Japanese porcelain design and Western interpretation’, and the KenDon Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, to name but a few.

The success of the Circle is due to the support of the members who are always willing to bring their precious pieces to meetings and lend them for study weekends and exhibitions.

MEMBERSHIP

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MEETING AND EVENTS

2024 meetings

Meetings can be accessed in person or via zoom.

LINKS

Find links on this page to international ceramic and glass groups.

2024 program

February– Daniel McOwan, OAM and former director of the Hamilton Art Gallery, will speak on 20th century Dutch glass. While it’s little known in Australia, Dutch Glass was particularly important. Its main designer, A.D Copier, laid the foundation for the studio glass movement that we know today. His glass also influenced both Italian glass to the South and Scandinavian glass to the North. It was the Dutch centre that was the origin of many 20th century glass developments.

March - The Circle will hold its Annual General meeting and a Show and Tell on the theme 'Something unexpected'.  This could be a piece that others might think is out of character in your collection, or a fake (oh dear), or a particularly lucky or serendipitous buy, or anything unexpected for you.

April - Ewan Brown, a former long time member of the Circle, will speak on 18th-century Liverpool porcelain, represented by numerous factories, many of which are not well understood. Ewan will share part of his extensive collection, which focuses on the pre 1770 period, and will speak about the history, production, markets and variety of these often underappreciated wares. 

May - Our May speaker, Jill Vella, is a collector of lively mid-century pottery, particularly Poole pottery from the United Kingdom (1960s to 70s) and West German pottery (1950s to 70s). Her collection features a wide range of incredibly striking and vivid pieces. Two important series from Poole were the Delphis and Studio ranges; while, in West Germany, over 100 companies and studio potters were busily producing art pottery in a huge variety of colourful, abstract designs. Jill will tell us a little of their history, consider the most influential designers and share her love of these flamboyant pots.

Beatrixvaasje (A D Copier, 1939), Nederlandsche Glasfabriek Leerdam

Vase designed by A.D. Copier to celebrate the birth of Beatrix of the Netherlands and produced in 1939 by N.V. Nederlandsche Glasfabriek in Leerdam, Netherlands. Collection: Nationaal Glasmuseum, Leerdam, ref. nr. 1682.

Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month starting at 7.30 pm

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