Daylesford and District Historical Society held a special launch of its forthcoming Daylesford Ceramics Collection exhibition. The launch was an opportunity for the committee of the Daylesford and District Historical Society to meet and say thankyou to the many local ceramicists who donated a piece to the collection.

Petrus Spronk at the head of the table surrounded by some of the contributing artists. (Photo supplied.)

The collection was curated as a special “dinner party” with the donated pieces forming the table decoration. The focus of the launch was to especially thank Petrus Spronk who facilitated this collection.

The idea to form the collection arose from a conversation between Museum curator, Gary Lawrence, and Petrus. Gary asked Petrus if he would donate a piece of his work to the museum so the community could have a permanent object to recognise his contribution to the local artistic community. Gary’s thought was that museums shouldn’t just be about old things.

Petrus, however, thinking that he was part of a family of local ceramicists who were also making a contribution to the creative spirit of our community, sought to bring other artists into a potential museum collection.

Artists who are included in the exhibition and who have contributed pieces to the Daylesford Ceramic Collection include Angie Izard, Belinda Michael, Bridget Bodenham, Desiree Radi Mansbridge, Emma Jimson, Frances Guerin, Janae Paquin-Bowden, Jason Luca, Kim Haughie, Lily Lindsay, Marina Pribaz, Mel Ogden, Minaal Lawn, Minna Graham, Petrus Spronk, Tania Verdez and Tina Banitska.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm starting June 8th.

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