THE HERMANNSBURG POTTERS are a dedicated group of Western Aranda artists creating vibrant handmade ceramic pots that encompass collective and individually lived histories in their distinct Country.
The Hermannsburg artists continue a 30-year legacy, sculpting and painting their visual histories and contemporary settings, speaking to their cultural beliefs, traditions and values. Each artist works with a high level of skill in both hand-building pottery and watercolour style landscape painting. These dynamic skills allow the artworks to evolve into individual depictions of the artist’s love for the local wildlife, memories of Country, community and traditions, as well as elements of contemporary life. The vibrant and unique forms are made from terracotta clay working with the hand coil-pinch technique and finally painted with ceramic underglaze.
The senior artists work with a style of painting reminiscent of Albert Namatjira, whose legacy continues to inspire the local community. This playful combination of mediums creates distinct work which had been widely exhibited and collected in Australia and overseas. The pottery continues today with four long standing, founding members who mentor emerging artists. The Hermannsburg Potters support the local artists and their families, fostering the growing local economy of Hermannsburg community.
Judith Pungkarta Inkamala, Hayley Panangka Coulthatd, Rahel Kngwarria Ungwanaka, Dawn Ngala Wheeler, Rona Panangka Rubuntja,Anita Mbitjana Ratara, Beth Mbitjana Inakamala, Delrose Armstrong, Andrea Rontji, Lawrence Jakamarra Inkamala, Sonia Davis, Claire Pereroultja, Karen Wheeler, Stephanie Ngala Ratara, Caroline Forbes, Rosanne Panangka Coulthard, Regina Lankin.
Image: Rona Panangka Rubuntja working in the studio. Photo: Bec Capp. Courtesy: Hermannsburg Potters.