As well as scouring the secondary market for Australian ceramics, David and I continue to buy new pieces. We never seem to have any trouble finding things to spend our money on, either locally or during our travels, but I sometimes wish there was a place on the Internet where we could shop more widely and systematically for recent work that fits into the themes of our forthcoming exhibitions.
We are particularly interested in building up our collection of woodfired ceramics for next season’s exhibition, so I decided to see what Etsy had to offer. Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. It operates like an online craft fair with each seller having their own shop. To my surprise, I found that Sergei Shatrov has an Etsy shop called Mudworx and that I can buy work there made at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Bombala, just down the road. This is one of the HTM woodfired mugs. As far as I can see, there are no other Australian woodfirers on Etsy at the moment but this is a good start.