YEPPOON Beach Potters joined with pottery clubs and associations around the country as it held its annual open day at its Yeppoon Showgrounds home on Saturday.

Now in their collective 40th year, the Beach Potters' members spent the day as they usually do, in the showgrounds' Atkinson pavilion creating an array of pots, dishes, plates, birds, animals - even a crab - each in the unmistakable style of the one who fashioned it.

Those present on Saturday included president Sue Vickerman, secretary Pauline Anderson, life member Hazel Mark, Carolyne Huntley, May Briggs, Ann Golding, Joyce Promnitz, Jasmine Pfingst and Bobbie Patterson.

The kiln was choc-a-bloc with pieces, awaiting power to raise the temperature to the heights needed to turn the shaped clay into a final product.

The clay crab sat near the door, looking remarkably lifelike. So it should, really - the original, living crab was taken from Corio Bay and formed the mould for its pottery counterpart.

Ms Vickerman said the local open day was among similar events being held under the auspices of the national body, Australian Ceramics.

A selection of her own works was on display with works by the other members in the "shop". That opens every Saturday morning while members are there and offers locals and visitors a chance to buy unique, lasting items for themselves or as gifts. Proceeds are mostly returned into buying raw materials.

Life member Hazel Mark had been working on a large clam shell. She began potting in Yeppoon in 1973 and was instrumental in the formation of Beach Potters a year later. Her enthusiasm for the art, even after 40 years, was obvious; indeed, all the members greatly enjoy what they do and what they create.

For information, contact Ms Vickerman on 4939 4999, Ms Anderson on 4939 5377 or visit Beach-Potters.