The weekend was a holiday weekend in Australia and 6 members of the Group blog, Mud Colony met up to tour the Southern Gippsland area of Victoria.
Adriana Christianson, met the four of us that arrived from all points of the compass.
There was myself from Sydney, Sadhana from the NSW Blue Mountains, Marian from Northern NSW and Kim from Tasmania and we were joined later by Truly Southurst, a potter from Melbourne.
We were given a whistle stop tour of the major (potters) points of interest, the exhibition space, Small Pieces at Northcote Pottery
|Small pieces, Northcote Pottery|
|loved this little scene - apologies to the maker whose name I missed. ( see comment from Small Pieces, these are by Anne Ferguson).|
these works in their window are by Kim Jaeger of PotHeads. Lots of other clever, beautiful, works inside..
We popped in to view a couple of other nearby galleries - no pic of those but I'm sure the others will have images if you follow them on Mud Colony.
After lunch at the Vic Markets we headed off to the Sth Gippsland and our home for the weekend.
On Saturday we visited Robert Barron's Gooseneck Pottery Kiln Opening and Winter Exhibition. He is based in a beautiful rural area called Kardella to the west of where we stayed.
We were treated to the array of amazing works from his latest firing, a talk about the kiln and a demonstration of throwing on his motor assisted kick wheel.
|Kim and Adriana arriving at Gooseneck Pottery|
|the garden at Gooseneck Pottery with Banksia flowers|
|a taste of more to see|
|an overwhelming array of beautiful pots set out on the deck|
|another view of the array of pots for sale|
|bottles by Rob Barron|
|shark and teapot on the kiln's throat arch|
|I found a beautiful little bottle in this selection in front of the wood pile|
Back to our house for the night with a stop off to admire the view as the sun set over the bay...
The next day was another adventure as we drove thru the farming area to get to our next wood firing potter, Zak Chalmers place - Valley Plains Pottery.
A beautiful family home and working pottery with his own gallery space, Zak's work is very different from that of Rob Barron's though Zak worked alongside Rob to gain experience.
|Sadhana admires the outdoor gallery|
|the indoor workshop and gallery|
|Zak gave us a tour of his two kilns..|
|Zak's little helpers|
|What a grand view!!|
|the Mud Colony Adventurers - L to R, Anna, Truly, Kim, Sadhana, Adriana and Marian|
|what do blogger/Facebookers do? Why post of course! LOL!|
|we were taking images of our spoils|
|my share of the spoils - this little tiny salt fired bottle from Gooseneck Pottery|
|and this delightful pourer from Valley Plains Pottery.|
A big thank you to Adriana and the other potters for a memorable weekend.
PS: Thursday and now added to the Mud Colony group blog :)