The climate emergency is front of mind throughout Australia this summer. Despite the relief funds flowing from around the world, fires still rage as the season stretches on and exhausted organisations continue to require help. Local ceramicist Britt Neech of Clae Studio was inspired by the generosity and outpouring of community spirit in the wake of the bushfire crisis to raise funds for organisations continuing to fight the government on climate policy.
Potters in Protest is an American initiative, and was brought to Australian shores last year by Sydney ceramicist, Tara Burke. After participating in Tara’s event in the wake of the Christchurch shooting, Britt decided the time was right to bring the collective to Melbourne. With Australian ceramicists such as Oh Hey Grace and Peta Armstrong donating wares, the fundraising event will support the Australian Conservation Fund’s ongoing efforts in protecting Australia’s native landscape and wildlife.
Australian potters and ceramicists living locally and internationally have donated 300 bowls (!) to be filled with Piccolina gelato. At $30 each, the purchase will include the bowl and gelato inside it! 100% of profits will be donated to the Australian Conservation Fund. Bowls from Mud, Kirsten Perry, Simone Karras, Asobimasu, Benna, Mountain Clay and Leaf and Thread have been donated for the event.
The ACF is the country’s national environment organisation and is solely community-funded. Over its 53-year lifespan, the not-for-profit has dedicated itself to protecting national environmental sites, winning World Heritage listings for the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Park and securing funding for clean energy initiatives.
Potters in Protest
A fundraising initiative between independent Australian ceramicists and Piccolina Gelateria for the Australian Conservation Fund.
Saturday, February 1st
296 Smith Street