Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Creatures of the Obi Obi

Local ceramic artist Cathy Lawley had the first of her Creative Spaces 2012 Creatures of the Obi Obi activity workshops with children at the local Maleny Library yesterday (24 September).

She had two groups of about 17 children for two two-hour workshops. So many children wanted to be in the workshops - Cathy and the Maleny Library staff had a waiting list  but in the end just could not accommodate everyone.

Cathy and the children at work
Creative Spaces 2012 has been strongly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and the Maleny Library
These first workshops were to create clay water dragons or platypus. And you can see from the photos some amazing forms the children have created.

Cathy will fire these forms and the two groups will glaze them on Wednesday 26 September. Cathy will then raku fire them; and the children will photograph the finished products and install them in the display cabinets in the Library on Saturday 29 September.  What an extraordinary placemaking art achievement this is.

I will try to do updates after each stage. Photos of the children  used in this post were taken with parental consent.


  1. Cathy - just amazing what you were able to achieve with the children - I'm really looking forward to seeing how the pieces look glazed and fired. And I'm amazed that you were able to accommodate 34 children in this activity. B

  2. The children were well behaved and very excited when they spotted a real water dragon by the creek bed then recreated it in clay. I had great help and support from Candice at the Maleny library and her helpers.

  3. Well done Cathy, looks like a great day!