@ Central Craft







From the Chair
@ Pam Mills

How fabulous to see all these new and exciting workshops released to launch our 2023 year!  The special series of printmaking workshops linked to the NGA exhibition at Araluen will stimulate your creativity and expand your skills.
The Management Committee is also meeting soon to launch the year and we'd welcome your input.  The Annual General Meeting is also coming up on April 22nd so now's the time to think about how you could contribute on the Committee.  Even if you've never been on a Committee or Board before, we can help you navigate your way so don't hesitate to chat to Lucy or to me or any other Committee member if you're interested.  

I've just started an online felting course that focuses on Creativity.  Wendy Bailye is such a terrific supporter of Central Craft, having run workshops during Beanie Festival times and also providing her amazing felt scarves, bags, jewellery etc into the shop.  Her 50 Shades of Grey - Felt is a deep dive into felt sampling/design - I've found it's a joy to focus on inspirational ideas - it really takes away the pressure of making something with a particular outcome in mind!  One fabulous website that's new to me is Zentangle.  I can't decide if it's a delicious time waster or a fabulous new way to squeeze out those creative ideas that linger in the back of my brain.  Either way, it's so much fun and I thought I'd mention it to you all.

Happy Crafting.......... That’s all from me for now………

Glaze Finale with Staci Crutchfield
One night only - Thursday 16 February 5:30-8:30pm

One-off workshop for ceramic enthusiasts who are at the next step and want to learn the basics of using glazes. Bring your bisqueware to glaze or use studio test pieces, using the studio glazes and pigments.

Bring your bisqueware to glaze using the studio glazes and pigments.

  • Use of glazes and firing cost included.
  • Examples of 4-6 available stock glazes will be shown and discussed.
  • Overview of dip, brush and pour glazing techniques will be demonstrated for participants to apply to their bisqueware. 
  • Demonstration the use of wax resist, glaze on glaze and pigment over glaze techniques.
  • Explanation of oxidation and reduction stoneware glazes and an overview of kilns and firing techniques. Handouts will be provided.
  • Finished pieces will be available for collection and discussion approximately two week after the Glazing Finale class, at a time to be decided by the group. 

BOOK ONLINE: https://centralcraft.org.au/whats-on/

Get Centred - with Staci Crutchfield 3 weeks wheel throwing - Sundays 1-4pm
starts 19 February

For beginners and participants who already have basic wheel skills.

  • Week 1– Cylinders – centering, opening and lifting of clay at the wheel to form straight sided cylinders as the starting point for mugs, jars and vases.
  • Week 2 – Bowls – centering, opening and lifting clay to form open curved shapes as the starting point for bowls and rounded vessels.
  • Week 3 – Turning flat bottomed or footed forms and surface treatment. 
  • The course includes all materials and firing. 

BOOK ONLINE: https://centralcraft.org.au/whats-on/

Introduction to Experimental Printmaking Workshop with Sally Mumford 1pm – 5pm, Saturday 11 March 2023

Join us for an introduction to simple experimental printmaking techniques with Mparntwe/Alice Springs-based artist Sally Mumford and learn about celebrated artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg and others.

The workshops will include a tour of Rauschenberg & Johns: Significant Others with the exhibition’s curator David Greenhalgh, Kenneth E Tyler Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia, and a hands-on printmaking workshop that will introduce participants to techniques such as stencils, transfers, collage, frottage and mono printing.

Ticket includes workshop materials and afternoon tea. You will also be invited to bring additional materials from home.

Suitable for ages 15+. No printmaking experience necessary.

From 1967 to 1973, Johns and Rauschenberg, two of North-America’s most renowned artists of the 20th century, collaborated with celebrated printmaker Kenneth Tyler to create ground-breaking works in lithography and screenprint. Their experimental engagement with print processes and ideas developed through their personal creative dialogue, helped revive and reshape American printmaking.

This special event is presented in partnership with Araluen Arts Centre, Central Craft, Charles Darwin University’s Academy of the Arts and the National Gallery.

Rauschenberg & Johns: Significant Others is a National Gallery Touring Exhibition supported by Visions of Australia. The National Gallery gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Tyler Charitable Foundation in presenting the exhibition and supporting the digital publication.

IMAGE: Printmaker Kenneth Tyler and artist Jasper Johns use scotch stones on the lithography stone for 'Blue' from the 'Fragments—according to what' series at Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, 1971, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra © photographer, Malcolm Lubliner

BOOK ONLINE: https://centralcraft.org.au/whats-on/


Guided Clay Group payments in person & via the website - LINK

Knitting with Rita Thursdays 
10am-12 pm

beginners knitters welcome, byo yarn 

Fabulous Fibre Fridays 1-4pm

all welcome

10am-2pm Mon-Sat

The shop is open again

Shop hours are from 10am-2pm weekdays and on weekends if we have volunteers.....can you help? There is a shop roster at the sign-in desk, even 2hrs a week makes a big difference. Special thank you to our amazing Committee Members who have taken on portfolios that support our shop, Karen Montey and Kay Smith.  If you can volunteer for six hours a month, we give you a reduced commission rate of 25% on sales as a special thank-you!

Sellers, thanks for your patience whilst we are in the process of finalising the results of the stocktake - we will send you up to date stock inventories soon. When you put stock in the shop, we display as much of everything as we reasonably can.  Sometimes items take a long time to sell.  When this happens, we may rotate various pieces to keep the display fresh and attractive.  You can help by occasionally rotating your own stock - there are forms in the office that you can fill in and then remove goods - permanently, or temporarily.  


Studio Technician EOI

Last year our fantastic Management Committee approved a budget allocation for a Studio Technician role at Central Craft. We are seeking EOI's for people to join a register of technicians with various talents/skills. The position is 8 hrs a week, paid at $30 hr. We are building a register so that we can appoint one person at a time with the skills we need at that time. Our aim is to support the continued growth / safety of the various studio areas at Central Craft. It is anticipated that the role will be filled on a rotating basis, the one person for a month / project focus at a time. 

  • Must be experienced and confident with kilns and a range of firing schedules (packing, firing, unpacking)
  • Knowledge of safe studio practices and OH&S in craft studios, especially ceramic dust / dye / chemical handling
  • Willingness to clean the ceramics studio including squeegee / hose the floor, wipe down surfaces 2 times a week
  • Experience / knowledge of a range of craft areas beyond ceramics; ie textiles, glass, jewellery, printmaking, photography
  • Excellent people skills and a willingness to work in a collaborative environment
  • Experience in supporting workshop delivery is an advantage. 
If you are interested or have further questions - please contact Lucy Stewart, Director Central craft on: directors@centralcraft.org,au

Are you the new Red Hot Arts Office Manager? 

This is a multi-faceted role that is responsible for a range of administrative areas, including supporting the management of the 67 Bath St facility, venue hire, RHACA’s What’s On advertising program, box office tasks, administration of RHACA’s membership program, answering enquiries, and support for RHACA’s financial operations and reporting.The role is part-time (22 hours per week), 9:00am - 3:00pm Monday to Thursday but this can be negotiated.    Check out the position description to find out more! For further information or to submit your application, please contact gm@redhotarts.com.au or 8952 2392.
The closing date for this opportunity is 27 February 2023.

Find out 'Whats On' in Alice Springs 

The Red Hot Arts weekly e-bulletin is a great way to find out what’s going on
scroll down to Sign Up to their E-Newsletter - in your inbox every week, full of local arts events and opportunities.


Monday women's group with Janine 

I normally don't work on Mondays, so this week it was good to catch up with the ladies from the regular women's group that Janine runs on a Monday. Making some art and then looking in our shop, where there is some of their work for sale. They exhibited in our end of year Members & Friends exhibition and are now looking at new product ideas, I am excited to see what they make next. Lucy

Mugs workshop with Em Frank

Loved opening this kiln load full of goodies from the recent Em Frank Mug workshop


New Kiln Firing Service Process

In line with other ceramic studio's in Australia we have started a weight based kiln firing fee.

Either bisque or glaze - $5 per kg members / $10 per kg non-members for a single firing 
(weighed after firing)

Jewellery - $30 per kg members / $60 per kg non-members
(please provide your own high fire wire and stand)

Please fill out a Kiln Firing Service form when you drop off your wares. We will let you know what the cost is after the firing via the form. You can pay via the shop or a direct deposit. We know many of you can't make it during shop hours, plans are underway to install an electronic payment device in the ceramics room but these are still about a month away. 

Only approved users can operate the kilns, contact the office for further information. 
P.S: Is this your work pictured above? We love it, come and let us know who you are.

Covid is still about 

Please spray & wipe down surfaces after use.
Wear a mask and socially distance if you feel unwell.

As a member-based organisation,
Central Craft aims to:

  • build the visibility of contemporary craft and design from the Northern Territory.

  • exhibit high-quality craft and design to local, regional, and international audiences.

  • engage and educate individuals and groups in craft and design practice.

  • improve the viability of emerging and professional craft and design practitioners.

  • build strong cross-cultural partnerships to create opportunities for innovation in craft and design practice.

  • enhance the reputation of the Northern Territory as a significant centre for contemporary craft and design.


Central Craft is located at the Araluen Cultural Precinct, next to Yaye's cafe named after the Two Sisters
(Big Sister and Little Sister) important sacred sites for Apmrereke Artweye - Mparntwe Custodians.

61 Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs NT 0870

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 85 Alice Springs NT 0871 

T: 08 89524417
W: www.centralcraft.org.au

Central Craft acknowledges the traditional lands of Mparntwe/Alice Springs in which we live, work, and engage. We pay respects to the custodians, the Arrernte people, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture.

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