This large (22 cm) bowl with flared sides and blue-green glaze is finished on the inside with bands of incised decoration. The maker’s name is inscribed on the base. I’ve recorded it as Anthill Pottery for want of a better guess. I can only find one mention of an Anthill Pottery – a website (probably not Australian) with no content that was set up in 2004.
I don’t have any more information to add about the origins of this bowl so I thought I would say something about its foot ring. A foot ring is an area at the base of a pot that some potters add to give stability. It also provides a low pedestal from which the main form can spring. In this bowl the foot ring has been glazed, creating a continuity of colour as the profile changes. The area under the bowl where the name is inscribed is also glazed and the base of the foot ring is trimmed and beveled to form a white circle the colour of the clay body.
Well-executed bases that explore the relationship between the form and the clay body are a signature of contemporary pottery, unlike the base of this much earlier blue-green jug with twisted handle by another mystery potter, “Scott”.
It turns out that the makers of this bowl were Bob and Annabel Emmert of Anthill Pottery, Bellingen, NSW.