Ian and Christine Reid
Ian Reid has been creating pottery for the past thirty-five years. He started making and selling his pottery in Brisbane, then moved on to Montville Pottery. After three years at Montville, his love of pottery continued on with eighteen years at Flaxton Garden’s Pottery. Christine met Ian at the Flaxton pottery after taking a position as a glazer and decorator.
Ian hand makes all the pieces on the wheel using either, a fine white stoneware clay or a blended iron-bearing clay. For the last twenty years, Christine has used Ian’s pieces as a canvas to ‘paint’ sceneries and abstract designs, using a range of colourful glazes. Ian uses two ancient glazes, a Japanese ‘Shino’ and a Chinese ‘Chun’ to decorate his pieces, combining wood ash to both glazes to create pots of beauty and simplicity.
Ian mainly throws with a fine white stoneware clay that comes from Australia and Chris decorates and glazes using a glaze on glaze technique using traditional and contemporary glazes. They use a gas kiln with a smoked atmosphere in the firing and a temperature of 1300 degrees celsius to create the strong depth of colour.
The Reid Pottery studio, mud brick gallery and home are located on a small acreage property in Dulong, Queensland, Australia where Ian and Chris have lived and worked for over 13 years. During this time they have planted many trees, creating a sanctuary for the now abundant wildlife. Their goals are to continue planting and creating pottery in our beautiful surroundings, spend time with family and friends and do a bit of travelling in there somewhere.