Betty Schreck


It is with sadness we report the recent passing of Betty Schreck. Betty was a Life Member of APAT-WA, joining the organisation in 1994. She held several positions over the years including President. She received Life Membership in 2010.


Betty passed away at home following a spell in hospital for a fall which had broken her hip.


Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to Betty’s family.




Connie Risbey demonstrating

APAT WA held a three-day workshop in February with artist and APAT member Connie Risbey. Titled 'The Bling Workshop' it was held across three days in February. Ornate Jug decorated by Connie Risbey



Connie shared her considerable expertise to show students various ways to decorate jewellery and small porcelain pieces. Many techniques were demonstrated including the application of lustre, piping raised past to created line effects, application of decals, use of gold on design, as well as painting and various relief work. Some pieces were to be finished with glued on decorations.


Despite the hot weather, students enjoyed three industrious days producing some diverse and intricate pieces.

photo of students and painting by Connie Risbey


Many thanks go to Connie for sharing her considerable knowledge. Also a thank you to APAT WA for organising the successful event!





shown at top - Connie demonstrating;
below - students at class with their work;

also shown - various porcelain pieces painted by Connie Risbey



ALBANY 16th, 17th & 18th April, 2024


Plate by Trixie EmeryThe Albany Porcelain Art Group has announced a three-day workshop with South Australian artist Trixie Emery. It will be held from 16th to 18th April, 2024 and the subject for the workshop is the Major Mitchell Cockatoo.

To be held at the Veteran Car Club just outside Albany, the fee for the three days is $80. To book please download the booking form here or phone Barbara from the Albany Porcelain Art Group on 08 9844 4882 to book or for any additional information.


The Albany Porcelain Art Group will also be holding two additional workshops during 2024 -


21st, 22nd & 23rd May Dee Credaro will hold a dual workshop. The first subject will be 'Two Step Heron' using china painting techniques. The second titled Pen Tangles uses pens and paper. The china painting workshop will be conducted first followed by Pen Tangles. For booking and more information please contact Barbara.


On 10th, 11th and 12th September Anne Blake will conduct the last workshop for the year. More information on this one to follow.


shown above Western Rosella plate painted by Trixie Emery




The Porcelain Artists of Western Australia (formerly WA Guild) will celebrate their 60th Anniversary of foundation by holding a special exhibition from 3rd to 5th May, 2024. Opening on Friday 3rd May from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, it will continue on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May between 9:30am to 4:00pm. The venue is The Palms Community Centre in Subiaco.


The theme for the exhibition is 'Imaginality', and besides the exhibition pieces there will also be a cash and carry section featuring pieces painted between 1964 and 2024. It is anticipated that several hundred pieces of unique hand painted porcelain, both traditional and contemporary designs, will be on display.


For further information about the Porcelain Artists of WA please phone their secretary Jill on 9330 4909 or visit their Facebook page.





Preparations are underway for the 'Fired Up' 2024 Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Exhibition and Convention hosted by APAT NSW. The convention will take place from 23rd and 26th October 2024 in Cronulla at the Rydges Cronulla Beachside Hotel. lAustralasian Convention logo


More information will be posted to the website exclusively dedicated to the 2024 Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Exhibition and Convention launched by APAT NSW, follow the link below:

The website is easy to navigate and will keep those interested up to date with the latest information.


The latest edition of 'Fired Up' - Open Medium Magazine was distributed to members in December. Any WA members who did not received their magazine, please contact us.





exhibition pieces painted by Lucy BertiloneThe Porcelain Artists of WA (formerly the WA Guild of China Painters) held its annual exhibition and sale of work at the Palms Community Centre, Subiaco on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May. The theme for the 2023 exhibition was ‘Connections’.


 A large number of hand painted porcelain pieces were on display, both traditional and modern designs, with a wide variety of subject matter. Artists from both Metro and Country areas participated including many APAT members. Despite competition from HM King Charles III and the weather, the exhibition received many visitors.


Members were invited to paint a collection of up to ten pieces interpreting the Connections theme. This year PAWA introduced a special award for the best collection in the Exhibition section. The winning award went to 'Fantasy' A collection by Irena Kopec. There was also a special display of vintage pieces called ‘Collectors’ Corner’ - the display featured pieces painted prior to 2015. 


Shown above right: exhibition pieces painted by Lucy Bertilone
Shown below L to R: Numbats by Barbara Cronin; 'Coffee Break' collection by Carolyn Pollitt; Under Busselton Jetty by Anne Blake; Redback Spiders by Anne Blake.


exhibits from the 2023 PAWA exhibition


Congratulations to the President and Committee of PAWA for a beautiful display and exhibition! For more information about PAWA contact their Secretary on 9330 4909 or find them on Facebook.


More photos and commentary is available on the website of Anne Blake visit -





Dee Credaro & Kelly preparing for the workshopThe Albany Porcelain Art Workshop group held their 2023 three-day workshop on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March, 2023 at the clubhouse of the Albany Veteran Car Club in Albany. Two classes ran concurrently, teachers and their subjects are as follows:Bush Hut plate hand painted by Anne Blake


Dee Credaro – Busselton
Marsupial Animals – Kangaroos, Quokkas or student's choice

Anne Blake – Perth

Aussie Bush Huts - monochrome design featuring penwork & techniques


Congratulations and thanks goes to President Brenda Caelli and all the Albany Committee for yet another well organised and successful event. Classes were well attended and students completed some excellent work and most importantly all seemed to enjoy the experience.


To read a longer in-depth article with additional photos from the workshop visit Anne's website at or contact us.


Shown above right Dee Credaro and 'Kelly' preparing for class; above left Bush Hut plate hand painted by Anne Blake finished using speckled metallic grounding.




At the February AGM members voted to change the membership categories of APAT-WA. Full membership i.e. members actively teaching remains unchanged. The categories of Associate Member and Friend of APAT have been discontinued and replaced by Affiliate Membership.


To read more or to download applications forms visit the About Us page.


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