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Over the last few years we have been augmenting our collection of Australian pottery by buying pieces second-hand. In the storeroom, goblets by unknown makers bought for a few dollars on eBay rub shoulders with mugs by Harold Hughan, and bowls by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. Exhibition pieces assert their worth next to production ware and the outputs of commercial potteries.
Our aim is to bring items from the collection together in the gallery in displays that demonstrate the diversity of work produced by Australian potters over the last fifty years, and some of the trends and cross-influences over time.
We welcome fellow collectors, potters, students, historians and art and craft lovers, or anyone looking for functional or decorative items not quite in the usual style.
Our business model is simple. Everything on display is for sale, to fund the further development of the collection. The pieces we can't bear to lose will be priced accordingly.
Judith Pearce and David Rofe are collectors of Australian contemporary pottery based for many years in Canberra, but now retired to Bemboka.
Judith writes a blog on Australian Pottery 1960s to Date, and manages a forum called Identifying Australian Pottery 1960s to Date. She is also building a database of Australian potters and their marks.
David is a painter. His works on mirror glass and masonite are on permanent exhibition in the house and gallery, with prices on application.