Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund - Butterfly Quilt Draw

At the BACG Christmas Party, the draw of the Butterfly Quilt raffle took place. Danii Meads-Barlow's parents attended as did members of Lifestyle Group 90, who supported the raffle by enthusiastically selling tickets.

Brenda, our President, introduced the raffle draw - there were a lot of tickets!

 Brenda handed over the cheque for the proceeds raised by the raffle to the Meads-Barlows for the Memorial Fund. Over $3800 was raised.

Brian Meads-Barlow was invited to draw the winning ticket

 Look at all those tickets!

And the winner is...

... John Barlow (Donna's uncle!)
... who immediately donated the quilt to Danii's parents, a wonderful gesture!

Donna and Uncle John

A very happy Donna and Brian after the draw

Brian, Donna and John, with the quilt

Many thanks for the hard work of the BACG members who pieced together and stitched the quilt that was donated to the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund for the raffle. A big thank you to all BACG members for selling tickets and Lifestyle Group 90 for their support as well. We would also like to thank Hobby Sew at Kings Park for helping us out with material costs and for fabulous quilting.

All of the proceeds will go towards the development of a device to aid diabetes sufferers. For more information please visit the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund website.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas at The Huts

On Tuesday, the annual BACG Christmas party was held at The Huts. And this year, as an added bonus, we had members from Club 90 and the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund in attendance for the draw of the Butterfly Quilt raffle.

Santa came and handed out prizes from the Christmas draw amid much hilarity!

Thanks to all the members and guests who attended and helped BACG to celebrate the Christmas season.

And many thanks to the Committee members who organised and arranged the food and decorations and made sure we all had such a relaxing and enjoyable time!

School Holiday Pottery Classes - Christmas holidays 2012/13

BACG is holding special classes in Pottery all day Wednesdays for children during the Christmas school holidays.

For more details please email bacginc (at)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Ceramics from our Tuesday Night Class

Here are some of the latest pieces made by our talented potters on Tuesday night...

Emily's horse

Michelle's Owls

Tanya has been busy making these as well as the next two items...

Great work, Tuesday night potters!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ceramics: Raku Workshop November 2012

Raku Workshop

with Denzil Ede

Sunday 4th November &
 Sunday 2nd December 2012

at Blacktown Arts & Craft Group

You can pick a pot from our collection
 or bring your own bisque fired piece

Cost $75 for day

10am to 3pm

To book your place or for more information,
contact Ilona - ilonaede (at)

Pottery: Cat and Jewellery Workshop - Day 1

Today Susan Jorgensen came to BACG for our Cat and Jewellery Workshop.

Day one saw a few demonstrations of bothy jewellery making and cat building.

This is an example of some of the jewellery Suzy brought with her to show us. Made with porcelain clay, they are very finely made. There were also some examples using Japanese tissue transfer.

This is some of the jewellery made today. It will be left to dry and underglazes added before bisque firing.


Suzy began by showing us how to coil build a cats body.

She also demonstrated a really simple way of making the large coils so the build goes more quickly.

After lunch, and after much 'body building', Suzy demonstrated how to build a cat's face. This was a fairly quick demonstration, as some attendees were not able to return tomorrow for the second day of the workshop.

Using a slab (for speed), Suzy showed us how to mark out and begin to build the features onto the cat's face.

This was really starting to look like a cat once the ears started to go on!

Here are some of the pieces created so far...

 Ilsa's cat

Jan's cat

Kerry's cat and the start of the head

Elaine's cat (which is going inside a pot rather than onto a body)

There will be more pictures after the second day of the workshop...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Butterfly Quilt for the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund

On Tuesday, the Butterfly quilt was handed over to the representatives of Lifestyle Group 90 and the parents of Danii, to start selling tickets in the raffle to raise money for the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Fund.

Tony Fryer, Brian and Donna Meads-Barlow, Gloria and John Barlow

A lovely morning tea was provided by the ladies from the Fibre Group - many thanks to everyone who brought in a plate.

Danii's parents were presented with a matching bed runner and cushions for them to keep as a memento.

Nicole presenting the bed runner and cushions to Donna and Brian Meads-Barlow

We would like to thank the members of the Fibre Group who gave their time and materials to creating this beautiful quilt, and especially to Nicole for her hard work in bringing the whole project together.

The Danii Meads-Barlow Foundation is committed to "the Australian Juvenile Diabetes community to assist families introduce modern technology to compliment management of the disease by way of an alarm system, whereby carers are alerted to anomalies in blood glucose levels, associated with the use of an insulin pump. Alarm technology (as such) is available elsewhere in the world: our aim is to ‘bring it home’, at a cost affordable to each family responsible in the help management of young diabetics. Donations made to DMBF will help us in our mission to see all T1 Children are afforded and equipped with this technology." (quoted from the DMBF web site)

Click here to find out more about the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Foundation
Click here to view a video about the Jelly Bean Ball, organised by the Danii Meads-Barlow Memorial Foundation, to be held on 15 June 2013 (Tickets on sale now)

Tickets for the quilt raffle may be purchased from BACG and Lifestyle Group 90

Ceramics: New work at the Huts

Some photographs of the work in progress from our talented students...

Monday, August 27, 2012

New Workshop: Serene Fish - Acrylic & Mixed Media

Serene Fish
with Michelle Cocking

Sunday 21 October 2012
10am - 2.30pm

This workshop is suitable for students from beginners to advanced and is about exploring your natural creativeness in a relaxing environment. Demonstrations and examples of techniques will be given throughout the workshop along with individual help and tuition.

Canvas and paint provided

Workshop items to bring with you:
  •  Paint palette (disposable ones are great - no washing up)
  •  Variety of paint brushes – thick and thin
  •  Either a silver or gold pen
  •  Apron
  •  Old rag or chux cloth
  •  Pencil, charcoal or chalk to draw fish onto canvas
  •  Paper to plan painting
  •  Pictures of Koi carp as reference materials if you wish (a painting example will be provided
  •  If you want to experiment with texture, you could bring texture paste along with some scrapers/trowels to apply

Please bring your own lunch (tea and coffee provided)

About Michelle:
Originally from the UK, Michelle has lived in Australia for just over 10 years. The first year was spent living in Tennant Creek NT, the second in Rockhampton QLD and then finally settling in Sydney with her husband and 2 children.
Drawing and painting is something Michelle had an interest in since childhood so enjoys being able to share some of her work through demonstrations. Her favourite subject to paint is people, in particular faces - there's so much in a face and in the eyes. For Michelle, there's nothing more relaxing than acrylic paint being pushed around a good quality canvas, it's so easy to get lost in what you're painting.
Michelle’s practice includes acrylic paint, charcoal, watercolour and mixed media. She likes to draw upon emotions and experiences of local and desert landscapes from her travels around the globe as well as in Australia.
In 2011 she won a first prize and also a high commended award in the Mixed Media Class at the Blacktown Show.
Michelle uses all of the finest materials, including Matisse Derivan acrylic paint.

Venue:          Blacktown Arts & Crafts Group Inc
    The Huts, Blacktown Showground
             Entry via Kent Rd, Blacktown 2148

Cost:              $85.00 (includes canvas and paint)

To book into this workshop, please contact Elaine (Art Co-ordinator)
on 9622 7589 or email

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ceramics Workshop with Susan Jorgensen: 15-16 September

Ceramics Workshop with Susan Jorgensen
Sat 15 - Sun 16 September 2012
10am - 4pm

BACG, The Huts, Blacktown Showground, via Kent Road, Blacktown
BACG is lucky to have Susan Jorgensen returning to The Huts to teach another sculpture workshop. This workshop will be focusing on cat sculpture and jewellery.

For the jewellery Susan will cover.....
How to make the jewellery pieces,
Using sprigs and stamps,
Japanese Paper tissue transfers,
Using jewellery findings and where to source them.

For the Cat building Susan will cover how to portray the essence of a Cat .
Building techniques you can use without using the wheel or coil building.
How to create Cattish facial features,as well as gesture, positioning and surface texture.

Cost $100.00
Bring a plate for lunch to share each day
Tea and coffee provided

For more information and Susan's work, please visit her website

Clay is available for purchase on the day
Additional firing fees apply

Contact BACG on 9622 7589 or via email to reserve your place.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday Fibre update

The talented Fibre ladies in our Wednesday group have been busy again this week...

Linda continues with her applique lesson, tracing out the pattern pieces she is going to use


Jill is busy with embroidery in red on a beautiful tablecloth... nearly complete!

Madelene is busy stitching small hexagons onto her quilt

... and Nicole is busy putting the finishing touches onto a bed runner that matches the charity butterfly quilt. The detail picture is of the quilting that Nicole is stitching onto the quilt. beautiful work, Nicole.