Pot­ter want­ing Moor of Perth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - Sara Fitz­patrick

WHETHER it is the glo­ri­ous weather, pic­turesque panora­mas or deep val­ues of free­dom, Aus­tralia evokes var­i­ous mean­ings to dif­fer­ent peo­ple.

For Bri­tish Moor­croft pot­tery de­signer, Vicky Lo­vatt, Down Un­der em­bod­ies “the awe of di­ver­sity”.

In her new col­lec­tion, The Great South­ern Land, inspired by a trip to our shores last year, she and fel­low de­sign­ers con­vey this no­tion.

Lo­vatt drew in­spi­ra­tion from the coun­try’s land­scapes, an­i­mals, plant life, na­tive history and art­works.

“Be­lieve me, my visit was a great big Bat­man-style paff to the senses,” she said. “The colours, crea­tures, peo­ple and weather; I loved it straight away.

“The first morn­ing, my col­league Mel and I went for a lit­tle walk and within 10 min­utes saw a pod of dol­phins, right be­side us, play­ing in the Swan River. We de­cided to stay.”

Lo­vatt re­turns to Perth this month with Moor­croft artist Peter Har­ri­son.

The pair will present the new col­lec­tion to col­lec­tors and share knowl­edge of the de­sign process and be­hind-the-scenes tit­bits.

Lo­vatt be­gan her ca­reer at the world-fa­mous de­sign stu­dio as a pain­ter in 1999.

“Although most pot­tery pro­duced in Stoke-on-Trent is beau­ti­ful, Moor­croft re­ally was art for art’s sake, which I love,” she said.

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