Artisan Pottery is in part of a large weatherboard building which was built about 100 years ago when the Tamar Valley area was part of the thriving apple and pear producing industry in Tasmania. Nowadays the studio is surrounded by vineyards! It showcases the works of Lisa Boyter and Rudolf Sibrava.
To visit Artisan Pottery take a scenic 25 minute drive from Launceston along the West Tamar Highway (A7) which follows the route of the Tamar river as it winds it’s way north. Along the way you will pass many sites of scenic and historic interest such as Brady’s Lookout. This was the lair of the bushranger Mathew Brady who used the high vantage point to locate his intended victims. Brady’s Lookout is now an excellent place to pause and view the Tamar river in all its splendour. As you continue along the A7 you will pass through the premier wine growing district of theTamar Valley. Just before the country town of Exeter take a right turn (into the C720) and follow the banks of the river through Gravelly Beach to Robigana.
If you are travelling from the north-west of Tasmania, Artisan Pottery is just one hour’s drive from the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal in Devonport via the Frankford Highway (B71), Exeter and the C720. Artisan Gallery & Pottery is located on the main road in Robigana, between Gravelly Beach and Deviot.
Artisan Pottery opens select weekends and it is always best to check with them regarding a visit to the studio. You can also purchase Artisan Pottery online at Artisan Pottery’s Facebook page.
Lisa Boyter began potting in 1970 in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1972 she emigrated to Australia and settled first in WA before moving to Tasmania where she studied ceramics at the University of Tasmania. Over the last 30 years her work has changed from large hand built pieces to the fine porcelain bowls and vases she is producing today. She use porcelain for its qualities of strength, translucency and purity. It is a material that demands a high degree of technical skill and concentration. For much of her production she uses slip casting techniques however she likes to introduce an element of randomness and spontaneity by the gestural application of the black lines. Recently she has returned to hand building and is also exploring abstract sculptural forms using slip.
Born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1949, Rudolf Sibrava migrated to Australia in 1969. In 1980 he settled in Tasmania and studied ceramics at the Tasmanian State Institute of Technology (now the University of Tasmania). In 1989 Sibrava established Artisan Pottery with fellow potter, Lisa Boyter. Rudolf’s current work exhibits his mastery of the technique of hand throwing. Using stoneware clays he compliments his simple classic forms of vases and bowls with complex, vibrant glazes. By layering up to three different glazes he manipulates the colours and visual effects of his finished pieces. Sibrava’s ceramics are all functional, can hold water and are dishwasher-safe.