SECOND HOME: For Jude Kennedy, the Potters Place on Dawson Road is her special place.
SECOND HOME: For Jude Kennedy, the Potters Place on Dawson Road is her special place. Rosie Obrien

Pottery Place a paradise for crafty hands

MY SPECIAL PLACE: Jude Kennedy fell in love with pottery in Gladstone back in 1989.

Since that day Ms Kennedy has been crafting clay creations at the Pottery Place on Dawson Rd.

A team of more than seven ladies fills the old Queenslander at any one time - some of them choosing to come in every day.

The upstairs level is filled with objects from past and present artists, but Jude's don't leave the wheel until they are perfect.

"It's a long process from the thrown clay to a finished glazed piece," she said.

"But I find it so therapeutic, I almost get lost in it all; it's like shaping the clay is hypnotic."

One advantage in the workshop is that the ladies can throw on daggy clothes and let their creativity flow.

Hundreds of glazed animals, mugs, vases and bowls line the workspace-cum-shop.

Helen Crandall is another potter who loves the space.

"I've been coming here for 30 years and no matter how long you leave it, you can always come back to it," she said.

Another potter, Jeanette Webber, said although they did not socialise outside of the space, they were always there for each other.

The ladies are now creating dozens of bowls for their soup night coming up in July.



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