Bemboka Gallery – Australian pottery

Judith Pearce and David Rofe are a couple who have been collecting Australian pottery since the mid-1970’s. Their contemporary styled rural gallery is nestled in the coastal mountains of Bemboka in the far south coast of NSW, Australia, in a purpose-built wing of their home. Primarily their aim is to display a diverse collection of work produced by Australian potters and ceramic artists over the last fifty years. A new exhibition is created each season that features stories from the collection which in a sense makes the gallery like a museum showcasing the history of Australian pottery. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase works they might not have had a chance to see when they were first put onto the market.

Judith worked at the National Library of Australia and it seemed a natural extension of her interests to start building a database of Australian contemporary potters and their marks. They source their works from exhibitions, galleries, retail outlets and the artists themselves along with buying works on the secondary market from eBay, auction houses, and private sales.

Current exhibition : Mid-Century Modern: The influence of European style on post-war Australian ceramics.

Displayed below is a selection of pottery that has been shown at the gallery.

 

Peter Andersson

Vessel

 

David Williams

  Large vase with a classic rounded shape and pale brown crystalline glaze

 

Peter Buttaglen

Celadon Plate

 

Janna Ferris

Round-bodied earthenware jug decorated in a raised floral design using underglaze stains and wood-fired. 2009

Janna specializes in earthenware tableware decorated with underglaze stains in a style influenced by the patterns on old china, cottage garden flowers, and the works of Clarice Cliff, Dorothy Haffner, Patsy Hely and the painter Margaret Preston.

 

    Jane Barrow

 

Barbara Swarbrick

White china plate decorated with sulphur crested cockatoos.

Oval platter with scalloped ends and delicate hand-painted picture of a female nude.

 

Arthur Boyd and John Perceval.

 Casserole dish

Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) learnt to make pots in the family home at Murrumbeena, Victoria.

 

Cheryl Watson

 Large plate made of a pale tan-coloured clay left unglazed on the chattered base and narrow rim, with a bare-chested Amazonian woman painted in slip and oxides on the shallow concave surface.

 

Mitsuo Shoji

 

Paydirt Pottery

Genie Bottle

 

Ellis Ceramics

Two slipcast earthenware jugs

 

Mad in Australia

 Large slip-cast vase in a zig-zag shape with a hand-painted black, orange, yellow and purple abstract design.

 Mad in Australia was a Melbourne design studio set up by the sculptor Dianne Coulter in 1983.

 

Greg Daly

Shallow bowl with a finely-crazed, oxidised copper glaze, partly-reduced on the base, and gold lustre decoration. – 2005

Vessel of compressed spherical form with ultramarine and green glaze and gold lustre decoration.

 

J.Oldroyd

Spherical Vessel

 

Ted Secombe.

 

Sergio Sill

Shino charger

 

Richard Murray

Lidded Box

 

Unknown

Bird Bowl

 

Jenny Orchard

 Exploding Seed

 

Paul Wynn

Bottle  1978 – 1980

From left : Jenny Orchard: vase 1997, Christopher Sanders: bottle c.1981,Victor Greenaway: bottle 1970, Les Blakebrough: charger, 1984

 

Unknown

 

Shino Bowl

 

Les Blakebrough

Giant lidded stoneware jar with winged lid and pale blue, cobalt and red glazes.

 

Ian Clare

Deep-sided bowl tapering to a small base, with finely crazed white glaze in a raku nu style, inside and out.

 

Lino Alvarez

Raku Vessel

 

Paul Davis

Square slab-built platter made of a pale yellow earthenware with rounded corners, shino half glaze and Middle Eastern influenced graphical decoration.

 

Ros Auld

Ros Auld is a potter based in Borenore near Orange, NSW, specialising in slab-built, or thrown and manipulated, stoneware forms decorated with wood ash glazes and trailed and incised slips, coloured oxides and gold lustre.

 

Kalmar Pottery

Kalmar Pottery was set up in Sydney, NSW, by Irene and Julius Kalmar, emigrants from Hungary after World War II. The pottery was active from the early 1950s to the mid 1960s.

 

 Rudolf Sibrava

 High-sided white stoneware bowl with speckled violet and magenta glaze with some cobalt blue at the base, and gilded rim.

 

Ditmar Urbach

Sphere

 

Unknown

Stoneware vase

 

Robyn Stewart

Blossom Jar

 

Victor Greenaway

 

Lindsay Bedogni

Dove

 

Claudia Australia

Pourer

 

 

Joan Campbell 

Three Sea Eggs

Chris Sanders

Lidded crock

 

Val Charle

Stoppered Vessel

 

Maiju Altpere Woodhead

Beaker

 

Ljubov Seidl

High sided bowl

 

Carl McConnell

Two handled bowl

 

More Bemboka gallery here  http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/

 

 

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