Diversity in Clay: New Work by Sunshine Coast Artists

March 19 – April 18, 2021

Meet the Artists 1: Sunday, March 21st 2021 @ 2PM with Pat Forst, Elaine Futterman, Pia Sillem, Ray Niebergall  Register

Meet the Artists 2: Sunday, April 18th 2021 @ 2PM with Jack Ploesser, Mike Allegretti, Liz de Beer, Bev Niebergall, Tim Niebergall Register

Join us for an exhibition of new work by Sunshine Coast artists working in ceramics and clay. Featuring new work from: Liz de Beer, Pat Forst, Pia Sillem, Jack Ploesser, Mike Allegretti, Elaine Futterman, Tim Niebergall, Bev Niebergall, Ray Niebergall 

Liz de Beer offers a unique vision through her work that fuses elements of Africa and the West Coast. Her footprints can be traced back to Africa where she grew up and mastered the fine art of pottery.  

Pat Forst’s unique style is inspired by the contours and textures of the world around us.  

Pia Sillem’s pottery is fired in a wood kiln, which creates unique effects that cannot be achieved or duplicated in any other way.  

Elaine Futterman and Mike Allegretti of Creek Clayworks use salt firing. They put salt into their gas kiln and the sodium combines with silica in the clay to form glaze, a method that originated in Germany in the 1700s. There are often some surprises when they open the kiln to see what patterns the salt has made on the pots. The process produces luminous, almost alchemical surfaces.  

Bev and Ray Niebergall will display their clay creations that range from functional ware to decorative and sculptural works, while Jack Ploesser exhibits his deep knowledge of copper red and ash glazes and the curious ways they interact with each other.