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Kidogo Gallery Fremanlte APAT display by Anne Blake

The WA branch of the Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Association (APAT) held their exhibition titled 'Porcelain - See Change' at the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle in early October.


The Kidogo Art House is situated adjacent to the Round House and makes up part of the historic precinct in Fremantle. The Gallery was a beautiful backdrop in which to display the hand painted porcelain.

A wide variety of pieces painted by APAT members were on display. Designs included both contemporary and traditional, something of interest for all. The weather was beautiful and as it was the school holidays the area was bustling with visitors many of whom took the opportunity to visit the gallery.


Shown above display by Anne Blake, shown below photos featuring exhibits by Julie Guyer, Carolyn Pollitt and Dee Credaro.

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The WA Guild of China Painters' have passed a resolution at their AGM in October to change their name. After 56 years and a well earned reputation the Guild will in future be known as 'Porcelain Artists of Western Australia'.


The President told members that the brand was out of step with current trends, internationally and within Australia and handicapped promotion and the ability to attract audiences. Only those present were permitted to vote and the motion was passed 16 to 2. Due to the name change the committee of the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia have decided to close down their website


An end of one era but hopefully the beginning of a new one! For any additional information contact their Secretary on
08 9330 4909.


New Museum banner On Saturday 21st November, 2020, the spectacular new Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre will open its doors. The Museum will be known as WA Museum Boola Bardip which means 'many stories' in the local Nyoongar language.


"The State’s unique cultural and scientific collections will come alive with innovative new exhibitions. It will explore subjects such as the formation of the Universe, WA’s latest inventions, extinct dinosaurs, newly discovered species, our local communities and our greater role in the world." Visit the New WA Museum's website at museum to read more.


New Museum artworkIncluded in the numerous new displays will be local porcelain art, on loan from local china painters and others from the Museum's own collection. Its truly heartening to see this fine art represented in a local institution.


The Museum plan a nine-day festival to celebrate the opening and advise people to follow their social media channels for more information which will be released over coming months. Alternatively visit the New WA Museum's website to keep updated.


More details about the opening will be posted here as they become available.

shown above top:The new logo from WA Museum
shown above right: artwork from the new Museum

PORCELAIN ART FROM THE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS OF LONDONSevres Inkstand on display at the Wallace Collection London

This article concludes a series featuring some of the fascinating porcelain and glass exhibits I had the great pleasure to see during a visit to the UK last year.  To view the complete series including the Sèvres Inkstand, with photos and information about some of the London museums visited, follow the link below.Sevre3s Flower Vase c. 1755-6

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On display at The Wallace Collection in London was this Turquoise-blue grounded, Sèvres Flower vase. The vase, painted in 1755-6, is part of a very large collection of Sèvres porcelain on display at The Wallace.


Painted with two cherubs and 'engraved' with flowers and fruit, the vase's background is finished with an eye-catching turquoise-blue grounding. Note how areas of white have been left in the grounded colour at each end of the vase to create the effect of open handles rising to the scrolling on the top edge. The vase forms part of a set of several pieces featuring this design.


The Wallace Collection Museum offers free entry to the public and is located at Hertford House, Manchester Square in London.  The extensive collection houses art in many forms, painting, sculpture, porcelain, glass, furniture, clocks, armour, early weaponry and much more.  For more information visit their website at


shown above: Sèvres Flower Vase c.1755-6


The China Painting community of Western Australia were deeply saddened to receive news of the passing of Joan Kent in late May following her battle with cancer.


Joan was an active member of the Busselton art community for many years, where she was President of the Busselton Art Society. She was also past president of the Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Association of WA and a long-time member of the WA Guild of China Painters.


I came to know Joan during her visits to Perth to exhibit at the annual WA Guild of China Painters exhibitions. She had a great love of china painting and especially loved lustre techniques. Her great personal warmth and enthusiasm was infectious to those around her and she will be missed very much by those who knew her. RIP Joan.


The Albany Porcelain Art Group held a three-day workshop from 17th to 19th March, 2020. The City of Albany is a main regional centre situated on a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Western Australia. The event was held in a large hall at the Vintage Car Club premises so students were able to space themselves out in accordance with the health advisory.

The subject chosen by Trixie Emery, well known South Australian based artist, was the exotic Queensland bird the Cassowary. The subject matter was challenging but students rose to the challenge and produced some excellent painting!

Congratulations to the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group Brenda Caelli, Ruth Hansen and Barbara Southall for a very well organised and successful event. The workshop was well attended by both rural and city painters and much was learnt thanks to the expertise of Trixie.


The annual, 3 class, Porcelain Art Workshop could not go ahead this year due to circumstances outside the control of the organisers. There are plans however to host another Albany Porcelain Art workshop in 2021. Information will be posted on this website when available.


shown below: Unfinished plate by Anne; Ruth at her painting station; Unfinished plate by Brenda & teacher Trixie Emery

Unfinished plate by Anne Ruth Hansen

Unfinished project by Brenda Caelli Trixie Emery teaching



Advent Calendar by Penny MuellerThe Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc. (formerly the WA Guild of China Painters Inc) most recent exhibition was opened on 1st November by Mr Sam Walsh, Chair of the Australian Council for the Arts. The venue was the gallery at Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, in East Victoria Park. Porcelain on display featured modern and some traditional styles.

display of porcelain

Among the more innovative work was an Advent Calendar by Penny Mueller which was constructed with wood to create 24 individual cells each holding a beautifully painted glass ornament painted with a festive theme (see photographs). Each cell had its own removable door.


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Another highly original piece was a tile painted by Dee Credaro featuring a ‘wizard looking boy’ mounted on a very original background of aged newsprint.


A wide variety of subject matter was on display with something for all tastes! The Victoria Park Centre for the Arts is located at 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park.

CHINA PAINTING FROM THE 1880s - TALK BY DR DOROTHY ERICKSONDonkey Orchid vase by Lottie Lapsley

The Royal Western Australian Historical Society (Inc.) hosted a fund-raising talk presented by Dr Dorothy Erickson on 30th August, 2019 at Stirling House, 49 Broadway, Nedlands. The talk, titled 'Dear Emily and the Angels in Western Australia', covers china painting in WA from 1880s to the present day. Many iconic teachers such as May Creeth, Flora Landells, Lottie Lapsley, Amy Lakides and more were showcased.


Dr Erickson was the recipient of the Heritage Council of WA's Heritage Award in 2017 for her contribution to WA Art.


shown above: Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley

NIKULINSKY NATURALLY ExhibitionMistletoe Bird 2014 by Philippa Nikulinsky

Philippa Nikulinsky AM is a Perth-based, internationally recognised botanical and wildlife artist and is the patron of the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc. In 2019 I had the great pleasure to visit Philippa's exhibition, Nikulinsky Naturally held at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia.


There were many stunning works on display. One fascinating collection was a study of 22 paintings illustrating the complete life cycle of the Banksia. There were drawings of forests and bush scenes beautifully displayed on extended rolls of Kozo paper. Also, creating a wonderfully exciting visual impact, was the work 'Budgerigars coming to drink at Desert Waterhole' a 100x590cm collage with paint.


shown above: Mistletoe Bird, 2014, by Philippa Nikulinsky



Guild InvitationThe West Australian Guild of China Painters held its 2019 annual exhibition on the weekend of 4th and 5th May, the venue once again was the historic Guildford Town Hall in Guildford just north of Perth. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Aspects’.


Visitors were treated to a beautiful display of hand painted porcelain of both traditional and modern designs. In addition to the main display there was a special exhibit of vintage porcelain pieces, almost all painted by Guild members, which were also available for sale.


Vase by Brenda Caelli

Members were invited to paint a collection of up to seven items for display and judging, interpreting the 2019 theme 'Aspects'.


Congratulations to the 2019 award recipients shown below.

1st prize Christine Munro for 'Visual V Complexity'

2nd prize Heather Tailor for 'Aspects of Dark and Light'

3rd prize Brenda Caelli for 'Give me a Home Among the Gum Leaves'

Highly Commended Dee Credaro for 'Horse Tales'

Best First Time Exhibitor Award went to Danka ScholtzVon Lorenz for her collection titled 'Off the Beaten Track'

President's Choice Award for 2019 went to Pam Kid for her collection titled 'Nuances of Peonies'

The Old Tree painted by Gloria Paxman

Shown is an outstanding piece painted by Gloria Paxman titled 'The Old Tree'. It depicts an intricate twisting tree created using various texture and techniques which sits upon a background of variegated coloured, striped, lustres. The image does not show the full beauty of this piece!

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If you would like more information about the WA Guild of China Painters or to see further articles about this exhibition visit the Guild's website


Gum-nut vase by Brenda Caelli
'The Old Tree' by Gloria Paxman



Betty S painting wildflower boxes

The Albany Porcelain Art Workshop was held from Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th March 2019 in Albany. The City of Albany is a main regional centre situated on a picturesque harbour on the south coast of Western Australia.

Three classes ran concurrently and the teachers were Perth artist and tutor Judith Standing painting 'Irises', Trixie Emery now based in South Australia returning this year to paint 'Tigers' and myself developing and painting 'Wildflower Designs for Boxes'.

Sturt Desert Pea miniature box painted by Anne BlakeI would like to congratulate the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group's President Brenda Caelli and the Committee for another very well organised and successful event. The workshop is enjoyed by both rural and city painters and is a warm, friendly event where students can indulge their love of china painting.




Due to events outside the control of the organisers, the planned 2020 workshop has been cancelled. There are plans however to hold another Albany Porcelain Art workshop in 2021. Information will be posted on this website when available.


shown top: Betty painting wildflowers
right: Sturt Desert Pea box by Anne Blake



Talented artist Penny Mueller was guest demonstrator at the WA Guild of China Painters' meeting in April 2019. Penny demonstrated 'Life on a Small Scale - painting miniatures'.


In recent years Penny has painted some remarkable miniature exhibits, including a fully furnished dolls house and a series of miniature display cases filled with various objects. See photo (note the magnifying glass which gives the exhibits some scale). Penny shared various techniques for achieving these intricate pieces to a very appreciative audience.




The West Australian Guild of China Painters (now known as the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc) celebrated its golden jubilee year in 2014.  To mark this very special occasion Kaye MacLean and I wrote a history of china painting in Western Australia and more specifically the foundation and history of the WA Guild through to 2014.

Hon Richard Court AC


The finished book, which took several years to research and write, was launched by the Hon Richard Court AC at a special reunion function for past and present Guild members and special guests held on the 2nd May, 2014 at Guildford.

image shown: former State Premier, Hon Richard Court AC at the launch of "Golden Reflections- A Celebration of 50 Years" on 2nd May, 2014 at the Guildford Town Hall.

Download book order form (pdf reader required).

Copies of the book are still available for purchase. For more information contact me or the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc.


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