Gold Coast Potters Association

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.

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Additional Info

Gold Coast Potters' Assoc. Inc
Street Address:
173 Ashmore Road Cnr Ashmore Rd + Carrara St
Post Code:
Postal Address:
Gold Coast Potters' Assoc. Inc PO Box 9146 Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9726
Other Venues:

Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre 
Mudgeeraba Road
 (opp. The Milky Way)
Mudgeeraba QLD

07 5539 2502
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Marian Boyle
Shirley Battrick
Jill Cuthbertson
Board Members:

Assistant Treasurer            Marion Boyle 
Newsletter Editor                Kristin Farr 
School Representatives: 
           Benowa                    Lynette Rodgers
           Mudgeeraba             Shirley Battrick
Events after meetings         Di Buckland 
Catering                                 Danielle Clarke
Publicity                                 Lynette Rogers 

Assistant Publicity                Amy Coleman 

Web Master                          Kirstin Farr
Raffles                                    Lyn Russell 
          Benowa                       Karen Morrison 
          Mudgeeraba               Shirley Battrick
Exhibition Convener            Bill Powell 
Assistant Convener              

Maintenance                         Nanette Hall 
Assistant Maintenance        John Musgrave
Membership Co-ordinator  Anne Mossman
Key Hire+Returning Officer Joan Smith 
Workshop Health+Safety     Desiree Kenafake
                                                  Robyn Schafer
Phone Contact                       Shirley Battrick
General Committee:            Bridget Smallwood
                                                  Joan Smith
                                                  Liz Thatcher
Members Kiln Hire Contacts:

Susan Simonini           
0415 397840
Michaela Kloeckner   
0412 929 030
Membership & Costs:


New Membership

New Members join as full members but have to wait for a qualifying six month period to become eligible for key hire to access the workshop spaces. They must attend two  committee meetings, during the six month period, to obtain a key.

Membership benefits

  • At least 25% discount on workshops
  • Discounts on clay supplies and firing costs
  • Access to Potters’ Library 
  • Monthly newsletters
  • The opportunity to participate in workshops,
    demonstrations and communal firings
  • An informal job/commission referral service
  • The opportunity to sell work at a variety of selling venues
  • The opportunity to exhibit in the annual Members’ Exhibition


Additional benefits for Full Members with key hire …

  • Key access to workshops at both locations via key hire
  • This includes the use of wheels, slab rollers and extruders ​when classes or workshops are not in progress
  • Access to hire kilns after supervised instruction


OH&S procedures need to be agreed to and forms signed

Key hirers must be 18 or over.


Cost of membership is $60 per annum. The membership period is July to June each year. 

Once you have submitted this form you will be invoiced for the number of months remaining to take you ​through to the end of the current membership period.

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Exhibitions & Events:

13 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
24 Friday 5.30 "You're Invited' - Table setting exhibition by 12 potters, Gallery Benowa
30 Thursday last day of 1st term classes

 1 Saturday - Workshop - Andrew Bryant FULL
10 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
18 Tuesday - 2nd term classes commence 

8 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
28 Sunday - Workshop - Mould making - Lyn Russell - registration form to follow

12 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
22 Thursday last day of 2nd term classes


8 Saturday Term 3 classes commence
9 Sunday - Workshop - Barrel Firing - Di Buckland TBC
10 Monday Committee meeting & AGM, Benowa 5.30pm


4 Friday Student Exhibition opening
5/6/12 Student Exhibition continues
14 Monday Committee meeting, key change
20 Sunday - Workshop - Large piece handbuilding - Jill Cuthberston TBC

11 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
14 Thursday  last day of 3rd term classes
30 Saturday term 4 classes commence

9 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm


4 Saturday Annual Members Exhibition opens
5 Sunday - Workshop - Exhibition Judge (to be announced)
11/12/18 Annual Members Exhibition continues
13 Monday Committee meeting, Benowa 5.30pm
19 Sunday - Market Day

4 Monday - Last committee meeting and Christmas celebration TBC
7 Thursday - Last class of term 4