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Robert Barron


Born in Harpenden, England, in 1957, Robert Barron commenced potting full time in the family pottery at Croydon, Victoria in 1976. In 1979 he left Australia on a five year journey to New Zealand, North America, England and South Korea to work with wood firing potters. During this time he visited Michael Cardew at Wenford Bridge Pottery in Cornwall, England and studied with several of his trainees. He was also engaged as an apprentice at Cornwamm Bridge Pottery in Connecticut, USA and frequented many workshops, art schools, galleries and museums.

Returning to Australia in 1984, he established Gooseneck Pottery at Kardella, Victoria and with the assistance of a Crafts Board grant built a 1000 cubic ft five chambered wood fired kiln. Influenced by the philosophies of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew, and with apassion for the pots made by traditional crafts people throughout the world, he continues to develop ideas and techniques by exploring the intricacies of wood firing.


Arts Victoria 1978 Festival Collection; Westpac Corporate Art Collection; Shepparton Art Gallery; Victorian Ministry for the Arts; Diamond Valley Shire Colledction; Australian Crafts Centenary Collection; Sale regional Art Gallery; Myer Collection; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery; Water Phillips Gallery Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada; Victorian Ceramic Group; Latrobe University; Museo Internationale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy; numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.