A cold and wet Monday was perfect for the long awaited visit to Bendigo Pottery – surely one of the towns most popular tourist attractions.
Bendigo Pottery is the oldest working pottery in Australia and dates back over 160 years when it was started by a Scottish settler. Established in 1858 it has operated continuously since then.
The large factory on site continues to make all of the Bendigo Pottery which is for sale. I picked up some classic pieces which I have put aside for gifts. School holidays are well catered for with pottery lessons too though these are not just for children either. I was delighted to see two young children having their first lesson in ‘clay play’. There is a cafe on site though I heading off for a lunch date so I will have to wait till next visit for that together with a Antiques and Collectables Centre visit. It has over 40 individual antique dealers. The Studios and Galleries have a range of ceramics, paintings and jewellery for sale from local potters and artists. Individual artist’s studios include printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture and are on site as is a Function Centre for celebrations too.
This must surely one of the town’s gems. Bendigo has a wonderful history of gold mining and this is just of of the most interesting attractions.