In April 2011 we took a trip out to Central Australia (with a few detours along Australia's southern coastline) to work with the world famous Hermannsburg Potters. This was a fabulous experience. The women were so friendly and made us feel very welcome. They happily shared their knowledge of their pottery processes and also showed us around their Country. The landscape around Ntaria (Hermannsburg) is so very beautiful and it is easy to see where the women get their inspiration. The Finke River is the oldest river system in the world and certainly was a special experience to walk it's banks and take a dip in it's cool refreshing waters.
The studio is modest, with a central work table and a few small tables along the walls. Surprisingly there was no air-conditioning, although the heat was not an issue while we were visiting, infact, the weather could not have been better! The women work with terracotta clay as an expression of the earth and representation of their Country. They decorate each pot using underglazes. The paintings decorated on the pots vary from birdlife and animals found in the area, important bush tucker and scenes of old times in Hermannsburg to depictions of everyday life in the community.They fire their pieces to earthenware temperatures using an electric kiln.