Melbourne-based architect Bruce Rowe’s foray into pottery came about from a desire to create his own ceramic tiles. What was a side project became a business when he started throwing clay on a wheel and found himself transformed by the process. After procuring studio space in a workshop and investing in a potter’s wheel from Japan, Rowe launched Anchor Ceramics. He still works at the Melbourne firm MAKE Architecture during the day, but devotes the rest of his time to his ceramics business, which allows him to play the role of both designer and maker. His line of hand-thrown ceramics includes his Potter glazed ceramic pendant lights and a selection of tableware; next on the list: an array of ceramic tiles, the same ones that were the impetus for launching his business. To preview his Tiles or for more information, go to Anchor Ceramics.
Photography by Scottie Cameron except where noted.
Above: A selection of tableware on display in Rowe’s studio.
Above: The Potter lights are made with white stoneware clay and are hand glazed.
Above: A Potter pendant lamp with contrasting rim.
For more Australian ceramics, read our post on Bison Ceramics, a Sydney company that also works with Australian stoneware clay.