The Wallace Rockhole Pottery – 8 Years On

Ceramic Arts Queensland members have been following the progress of Su Brown and Wallace Rockhole Pottery for a number of years now. We marvel at Su’s input at Wallace Rockhole, and indeed all over and everywhere she spreads her wonderful love of people and pottery.

Enjoy the latest news from Su Brown.

“Hello friends,

The Wallace Rockhole Pottery west of Alice Springs that you have supported or shown interest in is now in its eighth year of operation.

My original plan was for my involvement to be three years; way back in 2011, I had no idea that eight years later I would still be involved with this venture.

An email from Ken Porter has just arrived, which said that they have sold another $1000 worth of pots to Yulara Resorts at Uluru. And that more of Angela Abbotts work has gone into Yubu Napa in Alice Springs.

The pottery is still ticking over, the makers and decorators are not overly active. Such a shame as the studio is fantastic, a beautiful, well equipped and quiet place to retreat to be creative.

Last year in June, Colin and Jan Usher came out to Wallace Rockhole to film my involvement with the pottery, the potters, the community and have an interview with Ken Porter, this footage created a new short film, “Su Brown and the Wallace Rockhole Pottery”, which is now on public release on YouTube. The new film has been featured in Film Festivals throughout the world and has won awards and been highly commended, fitting commendations for Colin’s attention to detail and quality.

Sadly some of the potters chose not to be part of the filming therefore their work is not included in this new film even though they are still part of the potteries ongoing story. But so many others are part of this story too and very proud of their input.”

You can view this video by Colin Usher, “Su Brown and the Wallace Rockhole Pottery” on YouTube by clicking on the image below.

“Also I am very, very thankful to you all who have contributed financially or given positive comments, or visited the pottery at Wallace Rockhole, all of you, who not only have had my back but also have been beside me on this journey, you are salt of the earth, and I sincerely thank you.

In October I flew to Darwin to run pottery workshops at Warruwi School on South Goulburn Island and Shepherdson College, Galiwinku on Elcho Island, both in very remote areas of the Northern Territory. Very interesting, full on, but, full of great kids, people and activities and both had very successful outcomes.

One highlight for me was being mobbed at Darwin Airport by of a group of young girls returning to Galiwinku who spotted me with squeals of “Su, Su, Maya Su” hugs and kisses, crowd stopping gorgeous and amazing (I guess both my son, Maya who had taught at the school, and my pottery lessons had a positive effect on the children).

I am part of the caring team for Kathi, my twin sister, who is in the last stage of Ovarian Cancer. My out back adventures are on hold. With grace and dignity my dear offsider is getting ready to travel on her last adventure, our journeys will part and when that happens I will once again head on a journey out west.

Until then, watch this short film clip, be inspired, be creative and know that what you do, however small, really does make a difference, just one small shy smile or exuberant hug will light up many many dark places.

Thank you again to you all for being part of the Wallace Rockhole Pottery story.

Fond regards

Su Brown”

To see more of Su Brown’s work you can visit The Gold Coast Potters Association here.

“A Sentence of Teapots” 2014 Photo: Richard Stringer

Su Brown from Wallace Rockhole Pottery