Thirteen indigenous communities make up the APY (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara) Lands, including Pukatja, where Ernabella Arts was established in 1948. It’s the oldest continuously running indigenous arts centre in Australia and a half-day trip by small aircraft is offered from Ayers Rock airport to guests of Longitude 131 lodge, with the bonus of meeting artists and ceramicists and perhaps designing a tile or seeing the opening of a kiln. The flight swoops over the Musgrave Ranges and the dome of Mount Conner (also known, cleverly, as Fuluru, such is its likeness to Ayers Rock). At the centre, converted from Presbyterian mission buildings, manager Hannah Kothe tells me of the three-week arts residency in China in 2013 of Derek Jungarrayi Thompson and Tjimpuna Williams. The ceramicists worked at Jingdezshen, near Shanghai, a famed centre of porcelain, and their work has been included in showings at Sabbia Gallery in Sydney’s Paddington. Williams says inspiration comes from her grandfather’s country and its stories of water snakes, and examples are displayed across Longitude 131, including this statement piece (pictured above) in her signature sgraffito style. Sabbia Gallery’s Clay Stories exhibition begins a national tour later this year, kicking off at the Jam Factory at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, from October 7 to December 10. More: ernabellaarts.com.au; sabbiagallery.com; longitude131.com.