The Colour of Clay; a Visit to Gooseneck Pottery

A little known back road winds out of Korumburra, a small historic township set amidst the rolling hills of South Gippsland, you head west past open fields of old gums and find yourself driving through an archway of lush green foliage, the road dips down, seemingly diving into a valley, the landscape and roadside vegetation looking more and more like a quaint area of the English countryside the further you travel; you cross a railway line, the trains have long since stopped. The smaller township of Kardella greets you before the road curves softly to the right and descends further down into the valley, a small sign appears at a gate in front of a wooded area, fronted by a row of pine trees. Entering the gate, the dirt track winds down and back up, hugging the side of a hill before opening up to a shaded clearing, some small buildings appear, you’ve arrived.

Scattered rows of pots and large vessels greet you in varying earthy tones of beige, browns and greens speckled with black ash set into the glaze from the firing. Among the pots are mugs, and sculptures; inside the shed to your left is a potters wheel, still wet from its last use. Ahead is a small covered area behind a large stack of firewood, where sits a behemoth of a kiln. The interior of which glistens with an ash glaze coating, green and blue hues, a stark contrast to the white pale tones of the exterior. This is where the amazing work of Robert Barron is realised; artist behind and owner of Gooseneck Pottery. All of Rob’s creations are born of wood firing in the kiln, the glaze comes from liquefied wood ash melting and pouring over the ceramics to truely ensure that no two pieces are the same. Over the past weekend, Gooseneck had an open day, I attended, here are some photographs. Enjoy.

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thanks for looking

Matt.

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