For twenty-four years, the Cairns Potters Club has facilitated the bi-annual Melting Pot, National Ceramics Exhibition. The exhibition, which has been held at the Cairns Art Gallery since 2005, presents current trends and new developments in the media of glass and ceramics.
Melting Pot 2018 showcases both functional and abstract artworks, formed with different types of clay bodies and using a range of techniques and materials. Works selected for the exhibition showcase innovations in glazing and firing techniques, particularly by ceramicists from the Far North Queensland region.
Melting Pot attracts the attention of many Australian artists and collectors, and each year prize winners are selected by a guest judge. Previous award winners have included Marc Lucas, Mollie Bosworth, Rachel Platte, Samantha Mathews, Lone White, Christina George and Ellen Terrell. Sponsors for this year’s exhibition include Warren Entsch MP, Michael Healy MP, The Clay Shed, Collins Booksellers, and the Australian Ceramics Association, and winners will be judged by the President of the North Queensland Potters Association, Sharon Jewell.