Pottery Expo // Warrandyte 2012

Last Sunday Justin and I went along to the annual Warrandyte Pottery Expo, held on the banks of the Yarra River, in Victoria, Australia. It was a VERY hot weekend for the potters who exhibited, I think it would have easily reached 40 degrees celsius in the sun, which would account for the lower than average attendance rate, but the pottery still sold well, there was a consistent crowd and it was a beautiful day out. My two favorites on the day were Zak Chalmers of Valley Plains Pottery and Terunobu Hirata (Terry) a Japanese Ceramist based in Melbourne. You will need google chrome to translate Terunobu’s website. Zak’s pottery was beautiful, his work is fired in a two day Cantenary Arch kiln or a four day wood fired Anagama Kiln. His subtle colour palette of browns, blues, greens and greys really appealed to me, and his use of ash and celadon glazes. I had to have one of his pieces, or two. I went with a magnificent tea bowl, and adorable spoon (made by Zak’s wife). I got a chance to have a chat with Zak and he was so lovely, I look forward to visiting his studio some time soon. Terunobu’s work was exceptional, he has that effortless japanese style that is so graceful, all of his pieces are so different but they all sit side by side and just work, its amazing. So obviously his work was my other purchase of the day, an alluring gas fired dark stoneware cup, with white slip brush strokes and possible black flying bird detail. I can’t get enough of them, and they are now our favorite tea and coffee cups.

Valley Plains Pottery

Valley Plains Pottery

Valley Plains Pottery

Left image / Valley Plains Potter      //          Right image / Terunobu Hirata

Left / Terunobu Hirata’s Cup         //          Right / Valley Plains Pottery Cup

Our new favorite cups calling to be filled

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About MOUNTAINpottery

Mountain Pottery is designed and handmade by Deanne Sarita Smart. The studio is located in a small town of Sassafras in the Mountains of Australia. This pottery is made to be collected, loved and used everyday as some of your most treasured belongings. Each piece is unique and made to order. Aside from being beautiful and functional objects, each collection has an underlying meaning, message or intention. All the vessels are inspired in some way by myth, nature, and symbolic language. About this blog // This blog is designed to be a place of inspiration to others with the same interests and point of view, as well as a look into the creation of Mountain Pottery.

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