The Artisan Gallery is having a sale, so I thought my Tasmanian based readers would like to know. Lisa and Rudolf run the gallery and are practising potters. When I was there recently I liked the range of green and white tableware and cookware that share a rustic handmade sensibility I have seen on my travels throughout rural France. In fact when I mentioned the lovely country style ceramics I had seen in Provence Lisa told me she was inspired by French pottery on her travels in the south of France. I have given the Artisan Gallery a mention on my blog before – that was when I bought handmade Huon-pine Sushi press boxes and wooden carved bangles in a range of Tasmanian timbers.
Once upon a time (in the 70’s and 80’s) I used to be very involved with the Australian crafts movement and have met many potters and other craftspeople and have a soft spot for handmade ceramics. My cupboards are stacked with tea bowls, salad bowls, serving platters and casseroles. Now the very word ‘casseroles’ takes me back a few decades. I am remembering the days we actually bought ceramic casseroles to slow cook dishes in the oven! Today everyone is buying electric slow cookers.
I am supposed to be downsizing……famous last words because as you know you may just see something that you cannot live without. But seriously, I am definitely giving things away, mostly from my Brisbane home. I built up my collection over many years with a passion, particularly when I knew the makers, so it is very difficult to make decisions about what I can part with.
I only have one commercial dinner set and that is Wedgewood’s ‘Solar’ design in simple white – it still gives me pleasure and I will be keeping it. The rest of my dinnerware is handmade with the exception of some ‘Arabia’ ware from Finland which almost qualifies as hand made. So much of what I have collected for our home has become part of our ‘personal legend’ and since I am still a sucker for handmade things and still love to cook and eat from these dishes…… I doubt my collecting habit will be changing anytime soon. Roz