500 reasons to fire up for pottery

THE team at Nob Creek Pottery are marking a special anniversary with their 500th firing in the gas kiln.

The special event will bring to life new work for the annual Nob Creek Pottery Christmas Holiday Exhibition, which opens on Boxing Day until the end of January.

It has been 31 years since the popular and unique pottery gallery opened its doors to the public and once again a big holiday exhibition is planned.

This year the team of Steve Bishopric, Sue McBurnie, Renton Bishopric and Audrey Connors has produced a wide range of new functional pottery for everyday use.

Other Australian craftspeople featured in the exhibition are glass artists Richard Lamprecht and Sean O'Donaghue, and local jewellers Stephanie Dean and Ta English.

A wide range of new items from artists who Steve and Sue met on their recent trip to Bali will also be available and unique marble, onyx and lava stone hand basins, which expands Steve and Sue's own range of popular pottery hand basins and accessories.

The exhibition also includes exquisite, handmade pieces from stone and wood carvers, painters, mask makers, glass artists, batik artists, sculptors, kite makers and jewellers.

The gallery opens from 9am to 5pm and visitors are welcome to share complimentary refreshment, meet the potters, picnic in the grounds or travel on to one of Byfield's great food venues at either the General Store Bush Cafe or Ferns Hideaway.

Visitors will find Nob Creek Pottery at Byfield by following the signs just 37km north of Yeppoon or 45 minutes from Rockhampton on the Byfield Bypass road.

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