Stories from the Studio: Australian Ceramics Open Studios

This week STA caught up with 8 potters across 5 studios!!

Ceramics Studios are opening their door on the weekend of the 13-14 November right across the Southern Tablelands.  

Australian Ceramics Open Studios (ACOS) is an annual, nationwide, weekend event that celebrates clay, community and creativity.

Hosted by The Australian Ceramics Association, 180 ceramics studios around Australia open their doors to offer a peek into their making, practical demonstrations and the chance to take home a handmade piece.

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Helen Etough: Goulburn I mainly make thrown functional ware, with a variety of different glazes fired to cone 10 in a gas kiln. I also make pieces using slab and pinch techniques. My Studio is equipped for students and I will be holding beginners classes in the near future. I am currently a teacher at The Canberra Potters Society in the ACT.  I welcome you come and look at my Studio, I will have some of my work for sale.

Woodbine Cottage Pottery
64 Ada St, Goulburn NSW 2580

Sophie and Eloise: Exeter 
Elph Ceramics is a luxury homewares brand created by sisters Eloise and Sophie Rankine. All our pieces are handmade in our elph ceramics pottery located on a beautiful farmland location in NSW’s Southern Highlands. Come and discover our new studio, watch live demonstrations by Eloise, wander our garden and see the chickens! You can also shop the full Elph Ceramics collection and our annual seconds and samples sale. 

Elph Ceramics
1 Loftus Parade, Exeter NSW 2579

Alexander de Vos: Murrumbateman Flaming Gargoyle Pottery is a small studio specialising in medieval reproduction and medievally-inspired ware, dragons and gargoyles. Our specialties are German salt-fired stoneware of the 14th-16thC and 12thC Sgraffito pottery from the Byzantine Empire. A range of Viking, Persian and English 14th-15th pottery is also produced. Custom orders are welcome and cheerfully accepted. All pots are reproduced in stoneware with the exception of the cookware.

Flaming Gargoyle Pottery
18 East Street, Barton Hwy, Murrumbateman NSW 2582

Maryanne Devey: Murrumbateman Open Studio in the beautiful cottage garden and heritage building of Win’s Creek Meadery, our family business. I’m continually inspired by nature and my garden space. Bees are my star performer, as well as birds and plants. On Sunday afternoon we are featuring a “Bee Friendly Garden” presentation by local horticulturalist, Megan Dixon from Canberra Native Nursery. 

Photos by Erin Dandos

Win’s Creek Meadery & Cafe
Barton Highway,  18 East Street, Murrumbateman NSW 2582

Meg Patey: Colo Vale A wide range of slipware, tableware and reduced lustre ceramic pieces for sale. The tableware includes tea pots, mugs, plates and bowls and much more. Each piece reveals the processes of making – playing with colours of red clay, white slip and deep blue brushwork. The reduced lustre pieces include platters, plates, bowls and tall vases. 

Meg Patey Pottery
67 Colo Road
Colo Vale NSW 2575

Steve Harrison and Janine King: Balmoral Steve and Janine have worked together for the past 46 years. We were tragically burnt out in the catastrophic bush fires of December 2019. We have rebuilt our workshop and are just starting to make again.

We make our clay onsite and make our porcelain body from local porcelain stone materials that we collect ourselves.

Steve Harrison and Janine King
5 Railway Parade
Balmoral NSW 2571

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