Prefer not to give Cousin Harriet the same boring tea towel or ginger chockies for Christmas?
A more creative, and affordable gift can be found lurking in the heart of Cottesloe suburbia.
Burt Street Gallery is headquarters to a cluster of Perth’s most creative potters, who lately have been getting their hands dirty whipping up a stream of home wares for their Christmas extravaganza.
Hand-crafted vases, pots, bowls, jugs, teapots, jewellery and quirky decorations are all up for grabs.
The Starfish called in recently to the launch of the Gallery’s annual Christmas Bazaar and were impressed at the fine array of functional and sculptural ceramics on sale.
We bought up a few delights for Christmas gifts and got to meet some of the friendly artists at the same time.
We were tempted to keep this place a secret from chums still unaware of this charming hive of creativity – before deciding that was unfair for you, dear reader, and for Cousin Harriet!
Perth Studio Potters was formed by a bunch of friends with a shared interest in pottery in 1957.
At first they used artist Owen Garde’s boatshed on the Swan River foreshore for meetings, before deciding to pool funds and buy a small house in Cott – at 1 Burt St – to convert to a studio-gallery.
Back in 1963, that only meant having to come up with about 1250 pounds – sigh! It’s been been a hive of pottery activity ever since.
The building now sports a spacious kiln shed and a well equipped studio.
Group members meet regularly to create, but also enjoy to pass on their wisdom to other artists.
As well as selling their wares, these fine potters provide regular classes for students and beginners and host workshops featuring potters from interstate and around the globe.
But surprisingly many Cott locals still haven’t heard about this creative hub.
Time to change that!
Burt St Gallery is open every Saturday 10am to 4pm.
1 Burt St Cottesloe.
For more info visit www.perthstudiopotters.org.au