DISCOVER the tactile medium that is clay at Macquarie Hills Potters' open weekend.
The 50-plus member group will open their doors 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Ceramics Australia Showcase.
A professional potter with 20 years' experience, tutor Janine Schenkel has been teaching pottery at Balcombe Heights Community Centre — where the open weekend will be held — for five years.
She is a regular exhibitor at Kerrie Lowe Gallery in Newtown and a featured artist on the Arcadian Artist's Trail.
"I teach wheel work and hand-building," Ms Schenkel said.
‘‘My personal work is based in function; it’s wheel-thrown functional pieces.
"The thing that draws people to clay is that it is a tactile medium with so much potential to explore, such as working with flat sheets of clay, throwing."
Other tutors are Kay Alliband, Jojo Fuller and Sue Jorgenson.
The group has its origins at Macquarie University, hence Macquarie.
In 2001, the group combined with the potters of the Hills District Craft Association to form Macquarie Hills Potters and moved to Balcombe Heights, where they have eight pottery wheels and three kilns.
Visitors will get to watch members at work and they can ask questions. Members will have their creations on display.
BECOME A POTTER
Macquarie Hills Potters meet for classes during school terms only in building 16, Balcombe Heights Community Centre, Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills.
Classes are on: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9.30am to 2.30pm; Thursday, 6pm to 9pm; and Saturday, 12.30pm to 4.30pm.