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June 28 – July 1, 2017
Australian Woodfire Ceramics Conference
Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

The Australian Woodfire Ceramics Conference is an international event for woodfired and other ceramic arts that will celebrate the triennial gathering of the tribe – its stalwarts and its newcomers, under balmy Sunshine Coast skies.

Come and enjoy a progressive potters’ party and conference, hosted by an energetic team of Queensland wood firers and the Ceramic Centre for Excellence, featuring clay, music, food and fire.

There will be big fires and small fires, presentation and party, featured artists from the new wave of woodfirers and exhibition events honouring the first wave woodfirers.

Activities on offer range from presentations to panel discussions, artist projects, demonstrations, PECHA KUCHA style talks, maker space, firings in the hills, exhibitions and networking opportunities. 

Pre-conference events will offer a hands on, one on one experience with invited guest artists.

The venues include the woodfire kilns in the Cooroy Belli Creek valley and the iconic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre and precinct, and the small halls in charming Cooroy township. Next door is Noosa, famous for its natural landscape, arts, surf culture and is an international holiday destination.

Make your own holiday.  Organisers will take no responsibility for when the party begins and ends.

More information and to join our mailing list, please send an email to


Smoke on the Water is managed by a subcommittee of the Ceramic Centre for Excellence Inc and a team of volunteers.
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You can also join CCE when you register for Smoke on the Water to gain member benefits.



Conference Team

We have a small steering committee who are beavering away at the planning, artistic direction and putting in the building blocks for the conference. There are several consultants who we call on from time to time and the list of volunteers is growing We thank them very sincerely for their commitment and time in support of Smoke on the Water.

The Steering Committee

  • Kari – Weaver
  • Rowley Drysdale – Artistic Director
  • Isaac Patmore – Inspiration Genie
  • Ellen Appleby – Admin Archangel


  • Accommodation Fairy – Carol Forster
  • Money Magician – Sandra Coglan
  • Design Diva – Belinda Stanton
  • Cyberspace Guru – Jen Spiers
  • Events and Venues Master – Renton Bishopric
  • Food Wizard – Julie Wall
  • Volunteers Guiding Light- Sophy Blake
  • Maker’s Tent Magic Maker – Bec Lindemann and Yeats Gruin
  • Local Clay Extravaganza – Kevin Grealy and Leisa Gunton
  • Exhibitions Butter Factory Arts Centre- Jackie Gasson and team
  • MC and Pot Quiz Compère – Andrew Bryant
  • Sets and Props Builder – Stephen Roberts


  • Finance and Business – Ross Hepworth
  • Johanna De Maine
  • Jackie Gasson