Artist Garry Zeck uses stunning Swan Valley vista as backdrop for winter art workshop


Artist and potter Garry Zeck is looking forward to passing on his techniques to |emerging artists. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d455348
Artist and potter Garry Zeck is looking forward to passing on his techniques to |emerging artists. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d455348

THE history, heritage and natural beauty of the Swan Valley has long been the inspiration for painter and potter Garry Zeck, so his studios provided the perfect setting for one of the Mundaring Arts Centre’s series of Winter Art Workshops.

Zeck said he covered bowl-making, pot-painting and glazes in his studio classes, along with materials and his own studio-made clay.

Classic techniques covered include coil and hand-building with clay, with special attention to form, surface and structure and throwing clay.

Budding ceramicists can learn about oxides and glazes as well as making the pots.

This follow-up workshop will use Zeck’s knowledge as a master craftsman in colour schemes and surface design, ensuring workshop participants and will achieve a perfect visual balance to any ceramic form they create.

The workshops series is also sponsored by the City of Swan through the Make Your Mark Program to connect senior artists with the next generation of artists.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the area was home to a strong contingent of artists and craftspeople.

“The beauty of the Swan Valley has drawn many artists to the region and the Make Your Mark Program is a great opportunity for emerging artists to learn from those who are more experienced,” Cr Wainwright said.

“Traditionally, many skills have been passed down in this way and we hope that through this series we will see a new generation of talent emerge.”

The first workshop working with large-form ceramics was held on Sunday at the studios in West Swan and a further workshop will be held on Sunday, June 19.

Visit www.mundaring artscentre.com.au or call 9295 3991.