Ben Richardson

Recently added biographies

Here are the biographies I’ve added to our online catalogue since February:


Rhona Boehm. Lidded jar

I’ve been hard at work over the last few months adding biographies and listing items from our current exhibition before I have to pack them up to make room for next season’s exhibition.  Also, as part of work-in-progress on Australian Potters’ Marks,  I’ve been writing biographies for potters represented in our collection.

The Rhonda Boehm biography is not new, but Marianne Cole, who paid us a visit last month, was able to provide me with lots of additional information as well as helping me to identify this mystery pot as one of Rhonda’s made when she was still Rhonda Longbottom.

Recently added biographies

Here are the biographies I’ve added to our online catalogue since November:


Elsa Ardern. Selection of pots made at Kalaru, NSW

Elsa Ardern. Selection of pots made at Kalaroo

The Elsa Ardern biography is not new, but has been substantially updated with information provided to me by her son Gray. I hadn’t been aware that she shared her time between workshops in Tathra and Warrandyte for many years. Here is a picture Gray sent me of pots she fired in the Stafford Brothers’ wood-fired brick-kiln at Kalaroo.