An image of some pots, kilns, and a toy truck from a visit to Valley Plains Pottery to hang with Zak Chalmers and his family last weekend in Gippsland. Zak is among the top new generation of woodfirers in Australia, and someone who I personally feel has put together the whole package: he’s making great work in a sweet set up, selling primarily direct out of his own very well displayed gallery… He built a great house on an awesome block of land and is a raising a family with his wife AND making a living being a potter! We all know how hard it can be out there and Zak is making it happen, which I applaud. Check out @zakchalmers to see more images. #community #potterytour #zakchalmers #adventure #australia

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Revisiting some images from On the Edge of the Shelf. Loving this one of everyone checking out the work from the firing right after the unloading. It’s always the hardest time for me, managing my expectations and trying to see the work for what it is instead of getting caught up in what I thought it should be. It’s certainly a little bit easier in these environments than back home where so much is riding on the results and your in control of more of the variables. All in all, the firing felt like a success, certainly given the inherit difficulties of firing a new kiln for the first time in a different country with unknown materials. And of course it goes down in history for being a legendary good time! #ceramics #ontheedgeoftheshelf #woodfire #woodkiln #community #kiln #adventure #australia #joshcopus

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Just got back to @ridgelinepottery down in Tassie, after my whirlwind pottery tour and big city experience up on the mainland and it’s good to be home. I did quite a bit of driving the last couple of days, which is challenging and pretty stressful to say the least for someone accustomed to driving on the other side of the road. Basically all of your intuitions about traffic patterns are wrong and the little internal warning sensation that says your in danger is always going off. And all the controls are backwards, so pretty much every time I change lanes I turn the windshield wipers on, before remembering that I signal with my right hand. But no one was injured and I really only got honked at once, and I managed to drive in downtown Melbourne in peak traffic, in the rain, at night and live to tell about it. #adventure #drivinginaustraliaishard #potterytour

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This is a classic picture of me, Rob Barron, and Ashwini Bhat from the Woodfire Tas conference in 2011. We were all a party of the Bauhaus Punjab kiln building team were we dug clay, made pots, cut wood, built a kiln, fired the pots, cooked a meal on the kiln and served the food to the judges in the pots from the kiln, all in the course of 6 hours. I was the kiln builder, Ahwini was the chef, and Rob was the waitress. We dressed him up in a sari and put a wig on him and named him Ruby. Rob loved it and wore the costume late into the night and long past his waiting duties were over. #community #woodfire #adventure

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Wrapping up a great visit with Rob Barron down at Gooseneck pottery in Kardella, Australia. Rob was one of my early pottery heroes when I was just starting out. His work and the absolutely massive Noborigama kiln that he built were featured in all the early books about wood firing and I remember reading about Rob and idolizing his set up as a young potter. It’s been a great experience developing a true friendship with Rob over the past 8 years since we first met at the Flagstaff conference. Our paths have crossed many times since then and it’s been really rewarding to see our relationship evolve from someone you just read about to knowing Rob as a friend, mentor, and peer in the wood firing community. Looking forward to the next time we meet. Always ready to take down the Elk young buddy. #adventure #ceramics #community #robbarron #gooseneckpottery #woodfire #woodkiln #potterytour

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Ian Jones and Moraig McKenna’s pottery, home and gallery, Old Saint Lukes Studio in Gunderoo, Australia. The gallery and part of their home is actually an old stone church, and one of the oldest in Australia. After it was largely destroyed in a fire in 2011, they have rebuilt it better than before. It’s truly a magical place and one that I am fortunate to be calling home for a day or so during my Australian travels. Check them out at oldsaintlukesstudio.com.au or follow them on Instagram @laughingfrogpot #adventure #community #ceramics

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