The Journal of Australian Ceramics (JAC) is Australia’s most widely read tri-annual contemporary ceramics magazine. Formerly known as Pottery in Australia (PIA), the magazine was first published in May 1962 (Vol 1, No 1).
The JAC is a 128–160 page, full colour, contemporary ceramics journal. It is a valuable resource for professional and amateur ceramicists, teachers and students at all levels, galleries, arts administrators, curators, buyers and collectors. It contains artist profiles, commentary and critical essays, exhibition and book reviews, information on tertiary ceramic education, workshop reports, technical advice, suppliers, new products, exhibition and gallery listings.
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FOCUS: SO HOT RIGHT NOW
NATIONAL EDUCATION SURVEY
AN AUSTRALIAN (DIASPORIC) CERAMIC
ACTIVISM IN AUSTRALIAN CERAMICS
BLAK DESIGN PROGRAM
CLAY: COLLECTED CERAMICS
There are so many ways in which new ceramic work is manifesting that it’s hard to know where to look or what to think. Through this issue’s theme – SO HOT RIGHT NOW – thinking about ceramics abounds: from Zane Edwards (as material), Dee Taylor-Graham (through criticism) and Julie Bartholomew (as activism). In these hot topics we see reflected not just changing ceramic practice, but the issues of our time reflected through clay. Current projects, studios, and exhibitions are also what make our ceramic community so hot right now. The Koorie Heritage Trust Blak Design Program, the exhibition Clay: Collected Ceramics, and many other articles in this issue are a roundabout way of looking at just how compelling ceramics practice is, and how we think about it in our highly mediated world. The July issue of The Journal of Australian Ceramics is also our education focus, where we profile some of the many new ideas emerging from ceramics courses around the country. This year’s education survey is incredible, and interest in ceramics is booming.