To continue our occasional posts on galleries that have played an important role in the promotion and selling of Australian ceramics, here is a brief history of the Potters’ Gallery operated by the Potters’ Society of Australia for twenty years from 1971 to 1991:
The Potters’ Gallery was first first opened in 1971 as a showroom/gallery in the offices of the Potters’ Society of Australia at 97a Bourke Street, Woolloomooloo, with the help of a cultural grant from the NSW government. In 1976, the Gallery was moved to a terrace building at 48-50 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. In 1989, the Darlinghust building was sold to make room for a high-rise and a second move was made to 68 Alexander Street, Crows Nest. The Society only stayed at its Crows Nest location until 1991 and the gallery was closed at that time. Since then the Society (now The Australian Ceramics Association) has been holding exhibitions every two years at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum but has had no permanent shop front.
Illustrated: “There’s a big welcome waiting for you at the Potters’ Gallery”. Full page advertisement in Pottery in Australia, 22/2, 1983, p. 82.