When in Bendigo – visit Australia’s oldest working pottery. It’s a fantastic tourist attraction as the pottery offers visitors a great combination of both shopping and hands on clay experiences. Like all the great Central Victorian experiences, step back in time and see the world as it was for our ancestors.
See a demonstration of hand throwing by a master potter and then delve into your own hands on activities, including making your own pot on a wheel and ‘clay play’ for the little ones who will absolutely love getting their hands dirty!
There’s an interpretive Museum with a fascinating theatrette built inside a historic wood fired kiln. The museum features a display of kiln equipment and pottery tools which have been produced and used over the last 150 years. Entry to the museum is $8.00 for adults with discounts for seniors and youngsters.
Enjoy a coffee and a light meal or snack at the cafe in between exploring. The cafe serves up brilliant local products like Tt’s Treats jams and relishes and Bendigo Pure Gold honey so it’s a little treat in and of itself.
Maybe you’d like to take advantage of the six artist studios which cater for many forms of production, including prints, glass beads, photos and textiles.
Grab yourself a fantastic piece of local artwork in ceramic on your way out. The contemporary Potiche Gallery sells ceramic and glass from popular regional Victorian artists. The Artizen Gallery, Salt and Pepper Gallery and the Cottage Gallery feature works from leading Australian artists in metal sculpture, photography, painting, jewellery and pottery too. It’s the perfect place to find something unique and full of character.
Visit the website or contact Bendigo Pottery for more information.