Global networks update — Nov/Dec 2023

Itchy feet?

The best way to travel is to meet other clay lovers in another country, learning and sharing together, away from everyday distractions. Step away from the screen and spend quality time with real clay lovers from everywhere (including overseas based Kiwis).  Start saving and planning your next OS ceramic event, now.

Registration is now open to attend the biggest annual art event, which happens to be ceramic based! Coalescence, the 58th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will take place in Richmond, Virginia, USA, 20-23 March 2024. Over 50 exhibitions, trade displays of tools, books, Kilns, talks, clayfilm festival, all to die for. More, including video from this year, at Can’t make it in 2023? Whispers are that the 2025 conference will be in Utah.

Just over the ditch: Every two years a small NSW country town in Australia is invaded by hundreds of clay lovers. Running April 15 – 21, 2024; Clay Gulgong is a biennial jam-packed week-long program of events that includes something for everyone interested in ceramics. Organised by Mansfield Ceramics, publishers of the Ceramics: Art + Perception journal, details at

Smaller but top shelf: The world ceramic body the Académie Internationale de la Céramique /International Academy of Ceramics will hold its Congress and General Assembly in Caldas da Rainha (capital of Portuguese earthenware) and Alcobaça home of the Faianças factory and 54 ceramic workshops) in Portugal16-20 September 2024. More:

Kaya! We hope to see you in Walyalup (Fremantle), Western Australia – host city for the 17th Australian Ceramic Triennale : Wedge is a 4-day ceramics conference and exhibitions 2nd to 5th October 2025. Event host the Ceramic Arts Association of WA invites you to submit exhibition proposals, abstracts for  presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. In 1999 half a dozen NZ Potters attended the last time the event was in WA.  More:

Thanks to Graham Hay for compiling.