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The organisers of the Albany Porcelain Art Workshop have announced details for their 2021 workshop.


The Workshop will take place over three days - Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd April, 2021 at the Veteran Car Club's premises on the outskirts of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. Two classes will be held concurrently, teachers and their subjects are shown below. Students are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements however the organisers are happy to make suggestions.


The teachers and subjects are:
Dee Credaro - Furry Critters, native or domestic

Ruth Robartson - Western Spinebill, contemporary style with textures


Places are still available, for additional information regarding the workshop or to register please phone Ruth Hansen on 9841 5013 or Barbara Southall on 9844 4882. This well organised event by The Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group is a great three days of learning and china painting and the event is unique in the West Australian china painting calendar. Book your spot now to avoid disappointment!



The Porcelain Artists of WA (formerly WA Guild of China Painters) will hold their annual exhibition and sale of work on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May, 2021 between 9:30am to 4pm. The exhibition will be held at a new venue this year - the Palms, corner Rokeby and Nicholson Roads, Subiaco.


The theme for the exhibition has been brought forward from last year's postponed event - 'Inspired by Nature'. An official opening will take place at 11am on Saturday morning. All are welcome, entry is free and work will be available for sale.


For more information visit Porcelain Artists of WA's Facebook page or phone 9330 4909.




New Museum banner On Saturday 21st November, 2020, the spectacular new Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Gaia Vase by Brenda HendersonCentre opened its doors. The Museum to be known as WA Museum Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in the local Nyoongar language.


I recently had the pleasure to make the first of what will be I'm sure many visits to the new and spectacular Boola Bardip Museum and view amongst many things the display of locally painted porcelain.


     link to article and more photos of Museum opening


Follow the link above to read article and see additional photos.


The new building is breathtakingly stunning! The meld of the heritage and the new is very impressive. The inside is spacious, light, comfortable with surprises around every corner.



shown above top:The new logo from WA Museum
above right: Gaia Vase by Brenda Henderson displayed in the Innovations Gallery


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.

APAT Exhibition displayAPAT Exhibition displayAPAT Exhibition display


The WA Guild of China Painters' has passed a resolution at their October annual general meeting to change the organisation's name. After 56 years and a well earned reputation the Guild will in future be known as 'Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc'.


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.

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 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



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!

link to additional information page

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



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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