Because I work in Australia, and live in Australia, using Australian material and so on, I think this is Australian work. Heja Chong

Heja Chong studied traditional Bizen Japanese pottery before migrating from Japan to Melbourne in 1975. For over 20 years, she combined ancient techniques with contemporary forms to express herself and the influences of the Australian environment.

Bizen requires ten days of continuous wood firing during which the fire is constantly tended and the pots moved to assist the natural glazing process.

Heja Chong,1992 Heja Chong,1992
Image: Guy Lamothe
Source: Guy Lamothe

I love Australia’s diversity because it is part of our social fabric, a richly woven tapestry that is vibrant and dynamic.

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