Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Escape for a day

On the Monday public holiday I escaped from the city with my mum & long time family friend Sandra to go visit some woodfire potters down South Gippy way. Mum needed a pot for an orchid she received, and both potters we had visited had just done a large bi-annual firing.

First stop - Gooseneck Pottery.

gooseneck pottery
Gooseneck pottery - out the front

gooseneck pottery - studio
Gooseneck pottery - studio

gooseneck pottery - bush view from the studio
Gooseneck Pottery - studio bush view

My parents have been visiting Robert's studio for some 15+ years. I even made his website for contra once upon a time, which is still there! Robert's studio is in a gorgeous hillside bush location and has a 15 metre kiln which he fires over several days twice a year. Yep. 15 metres.

rainbow and cows

After stopping for lunch at my favourite cafe owned by aforementioned awesome house-on-hill owner, we drove out the other side of Leongatha (past a cow and rainbow filled paddock) to:

Valley Plains Pottery

valley plains pottery
Valley Plains Pottery - studio and gallery

valley plains pottery
Valley Plains Pottery - studio and gallery

valley plains pottery
Valley Plains Pottery - The lovely Zak and his anagama kiln

In complete contrast to Robert's studio, Zak's light filled studio is perched utop a ridge with gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding gippsland hillside. He doesn't yet have a website (although I'm considering making him one!) but here's some details:

Zak Chalmers
Valley Plains Pottery
Nicholas Road
Leongatha South
Victoria, Australia
ph: 0356745657
Open weekends and public holidays 10-5
Open most weekdays, please call before you visit.


mrs boo radley said...

Looks like you had a fabulous day! Love the pictures. The rainbow is gorgeous.

P R I M O E Z A said...

oh, i can just smell the fresh air looking at your photos. i have to get out into the country.

Mookah said...

And you didn't drop into the Mookah studio at Inverloch!!! Your photos make me feel proud to live in sth gippy...