Chuck Joseph has just returned from Clay Gulgong 2016 in NSW, Australia. where he was a member of a team of ceramicists and potters from New Zealand. Selected by curator and writer Moyra Elliott, the NZ 6 worked together on a concept with the theme of immigration, and produced a major work which is to be fired and installed at Morning View, the Mansfield farm. Over a period of 6 days on Red Hill in Gulgong, under canvas and surrounded by potters and sculptors from all over the globe, two clay vessels were constructed by the team. On the 7th day the works were transported to Morning View. The forms are Matt McLean. Lauren Winstone, Brendan Adams, Steve Fullmer and Chuck Joseph each brought their story to the work; modifying, piercing, inlaying, and adding sculptural elements both figurative and abstract to the collaboration. The 6th member of the team JIm Cooper responded to the structures with an army of clay figures.
An exhibition of work carried to Gulgong by the artists was assembled in a Gulgong shop converted for the occasion. The "6 New Zealand Potters, Pots from a Suitcase" exhibition was opened by Mark Del Vecchio and Garth Clark of cfileonline.
#ClayGulgong2016 was graciously hosted by the inimitable Mansfield family, mansfieldceramics.com, and their team. The New Zealanders travelled with the assistance Creative New Zealand.