AN EXHIBITION featuring the renowned artwork of ceramicist Gerry Wedd opened at the Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli on Saturday April 22.
Mr Wedd’s exhibition – JamFactory Icon Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man – is open for five weeks, showcasing decorated functional ceramics that explore contemporary life, including cups, pots, bowls and vases.
Mr Wedd said the exhibition came as a result of being offered the opportunity to be the icon for JamFactory in 2016.
“I had a year to put together a body of work; a bunch of things that would make sense together, with the opportunity of touring it around the country and to tour it regionally,” he said.
Mr Wedd was taught how to make pots by his mother about 45 years ago, before going on to design t-shirts for popular Australian clothing brand Mambo throughout the 1980s and 90s. He said his pots always tell a story.
“I get ideas for my pots from rock songs, poems and also – because I’m still a very keen surfer – I’ve done quite a bit of work to do with the history of surfing,” Mr Wedd said.
The exhibition will be open Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.
Mr Wedd will visit Port Augusta on the final day of the exhibition (Saturday May 27) to host a basic, hands-on clay workshop. Participants of all skills levels will learn basic hand building techniques such as slab building, pinching and coil building, as well as slip decoration, sgraffito and drawing on clay. For more information or to book a place in the workshop, contact 8641 9176.
Mr Wedd said he will be teaching simple techniques with the use of ceramic materials.
“I just want to show that you can get great results from really easily-learned techniques,” he said.
“There’ll be pot-making techniques and then some decorating techniques. All my work is heavily decorated.”
The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm at the Institute Theatre, costing $45 with materials, tea and coffee, lunch and afternoon tea included.