Dis­play seeks Baram­bah pot­tery items

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

THE Ra­tion Shed Mu­seum at Cher­bourg is hold­ing a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of Baram­bah Pot­tery.

Baram­bah Pot­tery was a com­mer­cial train­ing ven­ture at Cher­bourg from 1969 to 1986, dur­ing which time many peo­ple were em­ployed cre­at­ing and dec­o­rat­ing pot­tery – vases, jugs and gob­lets, cups and plates, even ash­trays and money-boxes.

Co-cu­ra­tors Robert “Rocko” Lang­ton and Matthew Wengert have been as­sem­bling a large and di­verse col­lec­tion of the pot­tery that will form the core of the dis­play, to­gether with rare archival pho­to­graphs of the pot­tery op­er­a­tions – throw­ing pots, paint­ing sur­face dec­o­ra­tions, and fir­ing the wares in the kiln. Rocko was em­ployed at Baram­bah paint­ing im­ages on pots be­fore they went into the kiln. He is still ded­i­cated to his art, and has fond memories of his early artis­tic train­ing at the pot­tery fac­tory.

The ex­hi­bi­tion opens at Childers Art Space on May 31, and will be at Kin­garoy Re­gional Gallery in July.

In De­cem­ber the ex­hi­bi­tion moves to the State Li­brary of Queens­land’s kuril dh­a­gun (in­dige­nous) space.

Most of the wares pro­duced at Baram­bah Pot­tery were dec­o­rated with tra­di­tional Abo­rig­i­nal de­signs and mo­tifs, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of an­i­mals, and some of it was made specif­i­cally for so­cial clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions in the South Bur­nett– such as Apex, Lions, and Ro­tary clubs.

The pot­tery is al­most al­ways stamped on the base with the word ‘Baram­bah’ im­pressed into the clay.

Much of this dis­tinc­tive pot­tery was sold through the Abo­rig­i­nal Creations store in Bris­bane to for­eign tourists, and the Ra­tion Shed’s ex­hi­bi­tion project has been ac­tively search­ing for pieces and has brought some of the pot­tery home from the UK and USA.

Al­though the ex­hi­bi­tion or­ga­niz­ers have gath­ered a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tive se­lec­tion of Baram­bah Pot­tery prod­ucts they are very keen to find more, and they want to hear from any­one in the South Bur­nett who has Baram­bah pieces that they might loan or do­nate or sell to the Ra­tion Shed Mu­seum for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

You can con­tact the Ra­tion Shed Mu­seum by phone (07 4169 5753) or email info@ra­tionshed.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POT­TERY: Robert Lang­ton is the co-cu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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