Clunes Ceramic Award winner announced

The winner of the prestigious Clunes Ceramic Award was announced on Saturday. 

Macedon local Vanessa Lucas was awarded the top $10,000 prize for her work titled Pearl Jugs. Lucas’ work will become a part of the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. 

Clunes Ceramic Award chair Graeme Johnstone said when chief judge Amanda Dunsmore went through the reasoning behind the decision, she noted detail many people didn’t realise a judge would look at. 

TOP CERAMIC PRIZE: Clunes Ceramic Award chair Graeme Johnstone at the Union Bank Arts Centre exhibition. The award winner was announced on Saturday and the exhibition is now open. Picture: Dylan Burns.

TOP CERAMIC PRIZE: Clunes Ceramic Award chair Graeme Johnstone at the Union Bank Arts Centre exhibition. The award winner was announced on Saturday and the exhibition is now open. Picture: Dylan Burns.

“Things like the beautiful thickness of the walls of the jug, the handles being very suitable strong and fitting with the shape of the jugs, and also the fact that they even poured very well. It shows the complexity of judging ceramics,” Mr Johnstone said. 

The Clunes Ceramic Award exhibition is open at the Union Bank Arts Centre in Clunes Thursday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm until October 15. 

Exhibitions of work from local ceramists will also be held throughout Clunes.

Visit http://www.clunesceramicaward.com.au/ for more information.