The Gold Coast Potters Association has been actively promoting the ceramic arts since it was formed by interested local craftspeople in 1977. The Gold Coast City Council provided the derelict, original Benowa Primary School building for their use. Enthusiastic volunteers soon had a workshop for members fitted out. Much of the equipment was make-do or home made and one of the kilns still in use was built by foundation President, Tom Wardell.
Classes for both adults and children were soon filled with excited participants. The Society of Sculptors was also formed and shared the building. Interest grew and by 1990 with the expansion of the hinterland area, the then Albert Shire Council renovated an old, unused building at Mudgeeraba for the establishment of a second workshop. This also has been used by the Society of Sculptors.
The rapid housing and development growth in the Gold Coast area has often meant that there are few buildings of any historical significance remaining. However, in 1992 the Gold Coast City Council moved the original Benowa Post Office to the Potters' Benowa site and a plan was drawn up for the area to be developed as a heritage precinct.
The Post Office was renovated with the co-operation of TAFE College students. Due to the widening of Ashmore Rd. and the forced removal of the old school building and subsequent fire damage, 1997 saw the culmination of many years of planning with the building by the Gold Coast City Council of a new workshop to be shared by both the Gold Coast Potters' Association and Society of Sculptors.
Both associations landscaped the area and soon members and classes began using the new workshop and outdoor sculpture garden. Later, volunteers once again were hard at work and soon two more small galleries were operating in the Old Post Office Precinct. The quality of teachers is monitored by the Association and many former students have established a reputation as professional potters. Ceramists of national standing regularly present workshops and lectures and group exhibitions by members have been presented at the Queensland Potters' Association Fusions Gallery in Brisbane.there 3