Hillgrove Pottery is a husband and wife team operating a traditional, working pottery in rural Murrumbateman, NSW.

Enjoy a few pictures of the hard work, fun, joy, tears and frustrations that go on behind the scenes.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Prometheus
Prometheus

Our kiln is named for the Titan Prometheus who stole fire from the gods. This stanza from Longfellow is written on his western side

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Kirra makes off
Kirra makes off

Studio assistant makes off with a cup at a photo-shoot...

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Bisqued pots
Bisqued pots

This represents less than half of what our kiln can hold.

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Commissioned cups
Commissioned cups

Small coffee mugs exclusive to Six8 Coffee Roasters in Yass NSW

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Glaze stack
Glaze stack

The kiln stacked ready for a glaze firing. We fire to 1285 degrees Centigrade over a 12-14 hour period

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Teapot
Teapot

Short, fat teapot in Ocean Night glaze variation

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Photoshoot
Photoshoot

Behind the scenes at Alex’s studio shooting the publicity shots for The Rubicon exhibition. Protip: Photography sessions go better with hamburgers…

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Potters...
Potters...

What we actually do...

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Hittite wine-jar in a tree
Hittite wine-jar in a tree

Where the naughty wine jars go...

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Visitors
Visitors

Charlie regularly brings 'the boys' down for a visit.

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Glaze Test Rings
Glaze Test Rings

These are made quickly by the hundred and are about the size of a napkin ring. To test a new glaze, we make up small batches of glaze recipes and dip these little rings in. If the glaze shows promise we will make a bigger batch and then test it on a small piece, maybe a mug, and if it passes that test we will start using it in the main firings – in small quantities at first. If we had a dollar for every glaze test ring we have made and tested, we’d be retired now!

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A sneak peek
A sneak peek

Can never resist - opened the kiln at 350 degrees and took a quick pic.

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