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The organisers of the Albany Porcelain Art Workshop have announced details for their 2019 classes.

Fringed Lily box by Anne Blake


The Workshop will take place over three days from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th March, 2019 at the Veteran Car Club's premises on the outskirts of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. Three classes run concurrently, teachers and their subjects are shown below. Students are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements but the organisers are happy to suggest places.


The teachers and subjects are:


Anne Blake - Wildflower design for boxes

Trixie Emery - Tigers

Judith Standing - Irises


For additional information regarding the workshop or to register please phone Ruth on 9841 5013.   This is a really fun three days of china painting and unique in the West Australian china painting calendar. Hope to see you down there, book now to avoid disappointment!




Modern mosaic from Vietnam I had the recent pleasure to holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia with my husband. We visited many temples and palaces in both north and south Vietnam and Cambodia and enjoyed seeing the artworks and designs employed to adorn these varied and fascinating places.

with our Vietnam guide Đoàn Nguyễn in Ha Long Bay

Shown is a modern mosaic panel from a house entrance in a village close to Hanoi, quite a varied collection of modern designs and colours.


We would also like to particularly thank our guide in North Vietnam, Đoàn Nguyễn, whose comprehensive knowledge and excellent English greatly enhanced our experience of Hanoi and Ha Long Bay.


If you require a good guide in North Vietnam I would be happy to furnish his contact details.



Guild InvitationThe West Australian Guild of China Painters has announced its 2019 annual exhibition and sale and the theme is ‘Aspects’.


It will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019, opening times 9:30am to 4.00pm daily. The venue is the Guildford Town Hall, corner of James & Meadow Streets in Guildford. In addition to the main display there will be a buy now gift shop, white ware shop and cafe. Entry is free.


For further information contact the Secretary Jill Binning on 9330 4909 or visit the Guild's website at




Porcelain dish - parrotMinna GeorgeAt the August 2018 meeting of the WA Guild of China Painters, local collector Minna George displayed an array of beautiful porcelain from her own collection and gave a fascinating talk about WA porcelain painting and artists.

Much of the porcelain on display dated back to the first half of the 20th Century with one piece dated 1911.  The collection heavily featured local wildflowers, but also examples of West Australian birds plus a variety of other subjects. 

Display of porcelainSome of the more well-known artists represented in the collection included work from the Creeth sisters who established an art studio on St George’s Terrace, Perth at the beginning of the 1900s; the Guild’s foundation patroness, Flora Landells and the Guild’s foundation president, Amy Lakides.

Porcelain featuring WA wildflowers are much loved and sought after and Minna gave Guild members an opportunity to view some beautiful examples by artists spanning over a hundred years!




The West Australian Guild of China Painters held its 2018 annual exhibition on the weekend of 5th and 6th May, the venue once again was the historic Guildford Town Hall in Guildford just north of Perth. The theme of the exhibition was ‘A Brush with Colour’.


The exhibition was well attended and visitors were treated to a magnificent display of hand painted porcelain featuring both traditional and modern designs.


box by Christine Munro, Vase by Heather Tailor

Members were invited to paint a collection of up to seven items for display and judging interpreting the exhibition's theme 'A Brush with Colour'.


Congratulations to the 2018 award recipients shown below.

1st Prize: Christine Munro for 'India in Focus'
2nd Prize: Heather Tailor for 'Sakura'
3rd Prize: Carolyn Pollitt for 'Who's a Pretty Boy?

Highly Commended: Dee Credaro for her collection 'God’s Colours'

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Wildflower mugs painted by Anne Blake

Best First Time Exhibitor Award went to Megan Evans for her collection titled 'My Mind'.

President's Choice Award went to Gloria Paxman for her lidded box 'Pansies'.

To obtain more information about the WA Guild of China Painters or to see further articles about this exhibition visit the Guild's website

images shown:'Jewel in the Crown' box by Christine Munro
'Falling Petals' vase by Heather Tailor
Two Plates by Megan Evans

ALBANY PORCELAIN ART WORKSHOP 2018butterfly silhouette

The Albany Porcelain Art Workshop took place in April this year at the clubhouse of the Albany Veteran Car Club on the outskirts of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia.

Taking place between Monday 9th and Wednesday 11th April, three classes ran concurrently. The teachers were Perth artist and teacher Judith Standing painting 'Different Ways with Clematis'; Trixie Emery now based in South Australia returning this year to paint 'Birds in a Different and Colourful Background' and myself painting 'Silhouettes with Gold Highlights'.

Anne with three of her students from the same generationof the same family!

President Brenda Caelli and all the Albany Regional Porcelain Art Group Committee are to be congratulated for yet another very successful workshop. The workshop enjoyed by both rural and city painters, is always a warm, friendly event where all can indulge the love of china painting. I was particularly privileged to teach three generations of the same family in my class - Dorothy, Carol and Zakery, all doing a great job with their projects! 




Arrangements for the 2019 workshop will be released shortly, details will be posted to this site as they become available. This unique event in the West Australian china painting calendar is definitely one worth considering.


shown at left: Zakery, Dorothy, Carol and Anne
above right: Butterfly Silhouette plate by Anne Blake


SCULPTURE BY THE SEA EXHIBITIONdetail from the sculpture 'Swirling Surround' by B jane Cowie


I recently had the opportunity to visit the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe. Although a very hot afternoon it was a wonderful opportunity to see a wide selection of art from a diverse group of artists and of course in beautiful surroundings.


Information about the artists and some excellent photographs can be seen by visiting


Shown at right is a detail from a sculpture by B. Jane Cowie of Singapore called 'Swirling Surround'. I loved the colour and light through this piece. This was however just one of many imaginative exhibits employing a huge variety of different media.



Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley

Grevillea Plate by Helen Creeth The Botanical Wonderland was held at the State Library of WA during August and September last year. It explored the interpretation of WA's unique flora by local artists.


China Painting, photography, embroidery, painting and other media were represented. China painting exhibits included pieces from early painters such at the Creeth sisters, Flora Seaweed woven hat by Hallie StowLandells and Kitty Drok. Several pieces on display were from the the late John Thomson collection.


One fascinating exhibit was a hat woven by Hallie Stow from Rottnest Island seaweed and decorated with shells and frayed rope.



Shown above: Donkey Orchid Vase by Lottie Lapsley
Grevillea Plate by Helen Creeth

Seaweed woven hat by Hallie Stow



white leschenaultias on blue vase by Anne Blake‘THE ALLURE OF WILDFLOWERS'
April Demonstration & Talk

In April last year I was invited to be guest speaker at a meeting of the WA Guild of China Painters. The subject of my talk and demonstration was 'The Allure of Wildflowers'.

The demonstration covered the history of painting flowers on porcelain, but special attention was given to our WA wildflowers. With a huge variety of wildflowers in Western Australia we are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to colour, shape and size. The subject matter remains extremely popular with both artists and porcelain collectors.

Various painting techniques were explored during the demonstration that could be incorporated to produce both a traditional and a contemporary look.

Astor Cruise Ship'ART ON PORCELAIN'

Musicians Vase by Sandra BernaitisOver 7 days in February 2017 the WA Branch of the Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Association hosted the organisation's national biennial exhibition and convention. The organisers adopted an innovative concept for the 2017 event, holding the exhibition aboard the cruise ship Astor.

In mid-February the Astor departed Fremantle bound for Esperance on the south coast, together with many enthusiastic china painters. A reported 60 or more APAT members had contributed to the porcelain display aboard the ship which was viewed by many guests including both those who sailed with the ship and others who boarded as day guests when the Astor berthed in Esperance, Albany and Bunbury on the return journey.


Possum Tile by Brenda Caelli

The featured guest artists were well known Swiss artists Peter Faust and Clotilde Ruegg. Peter has visited Australia on many previous occasions and his art and techniques are eagerly anticipated by his many followers here. Clotilde Ruegg's work swept to prominence with the release in of her stunning book Myths and Realities, co-authored with Tatiana Lavescot of Geneva and her work continues to be much celebrated and admired. In addition to the guest artists, ten other APAT teachers gave demonstrations and talks covering a wide variety of topics.

Tile by Peter Faust

The porcelain exhibition was reported to be of a very high standard, featuring many techniques and styles. Displays of jewellery and porcelain eggs were also special features of the exhibition.


Congratulations to APAT's President Audrey Rayner, Vice President Connie Risbey and all the contributing members for running a very successful, innovative and well organised event.


To read more and see additional photos follow this link to the WA Guild of China Painters' website.


images shown: Musicians Vase by Sandra Bernaitis;
Possum Tile by Brenda Caelli; Tile by Peter Faust;
(photographs © 2017 Christine Munro)

Cats at Play box by Anne BlakeCENTRAL PARK, PERTH

For two weeks in early August, 2016 the WA Guild of China Painters held an exhibition in the foyer of the Central Park Building in the Perth CBD. Work featured outstanding examples of modern porcelain painting as well as several historical pieces from the Guild’s ’Collectables’.

exhibition display

Many subjects and styles were represented with work from over twenty individual artists on show. Guest artists gave daily painting demonstrations and many questions were answered from interested members of the public who wished to learn more about the art.

group image

link to additional information and photos

images shown:

exhibition displays & cat box by Anne Blake.
group photo: (L to R) Judith Standing, Anne Blake demonstrating, Irena Kopec President of the WA Guild of China Painters and Christine Munro. (group photo courtesy K. MacLean)

Congratulations to the event organisers for a wonderful display.


The West Australian Guild of China Painters 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 Guild through to the present day.

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 visit the WA Guild of China Painters' website at .

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