THE Wagga Potters Club has taken a step back in time to celebrate five decades of clay throwing.
This month, a collection of works from over the years will be on display at the Wagga Art Gallery.
The First Fifty Years exhibition had been a long-time coming, according to the club's president Di Mahony, who spent almost two years locating the potters of the past and their works.
Up to 40 people have been featured in the exhibition, which "means an awful lot" to the artists and their families, Ms Mahony said.
"We have people coming from different places throughout the state, so older potters or their families can see their pieces in the gallery," she said.
"It shows the families that their parent's works will never be forgotten."
However, the exhibition also showcases the potters of the future with a shelf dedicated to the next generation's creations.
Ms Mahony said it was incredibly important to teach traditional crafts to children in order for the style to live on for the many decades to come.
"A lot of the old arts and crafts are dying out because they are no longer taught," she said.
"It would be a shame to lose them. By the time the community becomes interested in pottery again, there will be no place to learn."
Ms Mahony has been a potter for 25 years, blaming her passion for clay throwing on her mother.
"She never let me play with mud and now I have an unending amount of mud pies," she said.
"I do sculpture work with clay, but the club has definitely changed the style of pottery over the years."
When the club first formed in 1969 members could typically be found creating domestic items from vases to jugs. Nowadays, there is more artistic flair incorporated into the craft.
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"There is a lot more community work compared to the club's first days," Ms Mahony said.
"We bring a couple of wheels out to events and schools, giving people the chance to pot which we take away to be fired and glazed."
The Wagga Potters Club has organised a free demonstration on Saturday at the art gallery, where members will show wheel thrown and hand-built clay ceramic techniques.
She said the exhibition will also be on display until October 20.