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Life Membership of The Australian Ceramics Association


At the Annual General Meeting of The Australian Ceramics Association on Thursday 7 October, 5 new Life Members were accepted – Janet DeBoos, Pippin Drysdale, Neville French, Patsy Hely and Owen Rye. We congratulate them all!

Our criteria for Life Members is that they are outstanding leaders in ceramics and have made one or more of the following contributions to the field of ceramics: 1. Outstanding service to the Association over an extended period 2. Sustained commitment and service to ceramics beyond the formal requirements of their position including leadership and active contribution to the sector 3. Active leadership and outstanding contribution through innovative practice, curation, academic research or teaching and/or leadership at international, state or local level

NEVILLE FRENCH is a significant Australian ceramic artist and has been an influential teacher for the past four decades. He established the diploma course for ceramics in Ballarat, Victoria, creating a regional hub for ceramic excellence. Through his teaching at TAFE, University and in the private sector he has inspired and nurtured generations of students. His research and deep understanding of glazes has seen his work recognised nationally and internationally. In recent years he has collaborated with multi-disciplinary artist Belinda Fox.

Below: Neville French in his studio (Belinda Fox in the background), and his work, Mungo Light; photo: Terence Bogue, National Gallery of Victoria & artist


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