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Hello & thank you for visiting my shop. My name is Bruce Pryor [NZ born]. I am entirely self taught and have been working with clay and fire since I was 15.I established my first studio "The Martinsville Pottery" near Lake Macquarie NSW in 1972 & worked there until 1987.

It was here that I learnt the basics of my craft with the Only book available on studio practice [at the time]; " A Potters Book", by Bernard Leach. This was to become my Bible for the next 10 years.

Through constant reading of this valuable tome, I became aware of the strong friendship between Leach & his close Japanese friend & potter : Hamada Shoji San, of Mashiko fame. Over the years, In researching the work of Hamada San, who was a designated "National Living Treasure" [in his lifetime] ; I came across the work of his first "Deshi" [apprentice], one " Shimaoka…

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  • Joined October 6, 2009

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Stoneware, porcelain, found raw materials, reclaimed hardwoods

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About

Hello & thank you for visiting my shop. My name is Bruce Pryor [NZ born]. I am entirely self taught and have been working with clay and fire since I was 15.I established my first studio "The Martinsville Pottery" near Lake Macquarie NSW in 1972 & worked there until 1987.

It was here that I learnt the basics of my craft with the Only book available on studio practice [at the time]; " A Potters Book", by Bernard Leach. This was to become my Bible for the next 10 years.

Through constant reading of this valuable tome, I became aware of the strong friendship between Leach & his close Japanese friend & potter : Hamada Shoji San, of Mashiko fame. Over the years, In researching the work of Hamada San, who was a designated "National Living Treasure" [in his lifetime] ; I came across the work of his first "Deshi" [apprentice], one " Shimaoka Tatsuzo San", also a designated National Living Treasure.

These connections served to draw me into what I describe as The Japanese aesthetic. I have never felt drawn as strongly to any other cultural heritage & this introduction to the work of these two Japanese potters in my early days at the "Martinsville Studio", has had a profound & lasting influence on the style of my work. It took me 30 years to make it to Japan & when I visited in 2006 , the high point of my trip was meeting Shimaoka San & having him give me a tour of his workshop.

I have been working in my current studio "The Bundanoon Pottery & Gallery", at Bundanoon on the Southern Highlands, south of Sydney, since 1988.

Coming from New Zealand I was also earlier inspired by the works of such Potters as Warren Tippet, Barry Brickall and Bryce Stevens.
I sign all of my work with my Potters mark or "Chop", which consists of the Japanese "Torii" or Gateway, with my initials B P [BRUCE PRYOR]combined underneath. You will find this mark generally around the base of each piece. This mark is Unique to my work.

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