Local artists get clucky with clay

Rachael Davis, Narelle Mackaway and Ann-Maree Johnson hand building ceramic chooks on Sunday at a Cobar Arts Council pottery workshop.

A group of locals with varying artistic abilities, along with two visitors from Broken Hill, enjoyed making hand built ceramic chooks over the weekend.

Workshops organised by the Cobar Arts Council, were held on Saturday and Sunday at the Cobar High School with Coonamble ceramics artist and TAFE trained teacher Anna Kaineder guiding students in various clay joining and sculpting techniques.

Anna said there were no prior skills needed for people to take part in the workshops.

“Just an interest,” she said.

Anna walked participants through a range of surface treatment techniques to develop their chooks’ feathers as well as showing them how to paint them to create different textures.

“I love how everyone’s chook looked completely different despite my instructions being the same for everyone,” Anna remarked.

“It was wonderful to have people from all different walks of life come along to the workshops.

“There were some new people to town and it gave them the opportunity to connect with the community,” she said.