An Architect Turned Potter: Anchor Ceramics in Australia by

Issue 82 · Australia by Design · July 22, 2013

An Architect Turned Potter: Anchor Ceramics in Australia

Issue 82 · Australia by Design · July 22, 2013

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.

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Above: A selection of tableware on display in Rowe's studio.

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Above: The Large Potter Light in charcoal is available through MAKE Architecture.

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Above: The Potter lights are made with white stoneware clay and are hand glazed.

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Above: Medium Potter Lights shown in pure white satin glaze with a black and white fabric cord. Contact MAKE Architecture for pricing.

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Above: A Potter pendant lamp with contrasting rim.

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Above: A selection of ceramic Bowls available in different glazes. Pricing starts at AUD $30. Photograph by Sean Fennessy for the Design Files.

For more Australian ceramics, read our post on Bison Ceramics, a Sydney company that also works with Australian stoneware clay.



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