You have an exhibition, one hundred pots and one hundred people buy them… and you only meet one or two. The other ninety eight are gone forever and the pots with them, They may be broken and that worries me… particularly if it’s a pot that I really have put some time into… a lot of time and an excess of effort.
(Bernard Sahm, Nine Artist Potters, 1973, p.27).
As collectors of Australian contemporary pottery based for many years in Canberra but now living in Bemboka on the NSW south coast, David and I have been amongst those people and we now buy pottery that used to belong to some of them. Matching names with marks is an ongoing challenge. I started this blog with the idea of getting help from a wider community. In practice, it has become a way of documenting what we are both learning as we try to understand better the pots that pass through our hands.
For more about us and our Bemboka venture, see Judith Pearce and David Rofe, “New ways of downsizing,” Journal of Austalian Ceramics, 47/1, April 2008, pp. 86-87.