Since October last year, I have been taking ceramic lessons from Elizabeth Lawrence at her studio in Beecroft. Elizabeth has worked in ceramics for 43 years. She has been teaching at the Macquarie Community College for more than 20 years and at Beecroft Primary School with kindergarten to year 6 children.
I admire Elizabeth's passion for teaching and for ceramics. Elizabeth, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday, has never cancelled a class, not even when she was receiving health treatments!
During the evening classes I attend, Elizabeth would tell stories of her younger students, the children from the Beecroft Primary School. She taught them how to make ceramic swords, complete with their own badges and told them about the custom of tying a ribbon or a piece of cloth onto the sword as a token from their loved ones. They made ice cream cones from clay and other interesting projects that I wish I could have done when I was in primary school (it would have definitely made school more interesting).
Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge in ceramics. Her studio is packed with works she has done over the years. Students at her studio are welcomed to replicate the works, and Elizabeth is always at hand to assist when required. What I love about her is that no matter how silly my question sounds, she is always so calm and patient.
If you live in Sydney, and want to learn how to do pottery, I would highly recommend enrolling into her class.
How to enrol: http://www.macquarie.nsw.edu.au/course/POTTABC
When: Usually weeknights, 2 hours each class, runs for 8 sessions
Irine is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts' Artstart Grant (June 2014-2015).
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