Photos & Words by Paris Hawken.
Wilyabrup Dreaming is a rustic stone built pottery studio nestled in the bush in Wilyabrup. Artist and potter Bill Meiklejohn bought the property in the 80s and has been expanding on it ever since. His gallery is filled with his unique, ocean inspired pottery, and his workshop sits just behind it.
In his workshop you’ll find bowls filled with shells and sea sponges stacked on shelves, so it is clear to see where Bill finds his inspiration.
When I arrived to shoot, Bill was just opening up the kiln to see his latest batch of work, which he compared to Christmas morning. Bowls and shells of all sizes in beautiful blues and earthy tones were coming out, as well as various pieces of his students work from the workshops that he runs.
Bill mentioned that you can really tell what kind of person a potter is from looking at his work, and from seeing Bill’s pottery it is obvious that he is someone who is incredibly inspired by the ocean and all it’s treasures, whilst works such as “Two Octopi Meet on a Bridge” and his sperm whale spoons allude to his sense of humour.
Head on down to Wilyabrup Dreaming to be happily welcomed by Lola the dog, see some of Bill’s beautiful pottery or join in a workshop.
Bill can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9755 6204, and his gallery is at 49 Wilyabrup Rd, Wilyabrup.
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