Bendigo Pottery is Australian owned and operated and is Australia's oldest working pottery.
Established in 1858 the pottery has operated continuously from the current site in Epsom since 1863.
Bendigo Pottery has the most significant collection of ceramic wood fired kilns left in the world. There are 10 kilns in total, comprising 5 bottle kilns, 3 circular kilns and 2 rectangular kilns. No longer used, the old kilns are now part of the Interpretive Museum with one of the circular kilns having been converted into a theatrette. The last firing of a wood fired kiln on the site was 1989. The kilns are all listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
On the site is a large factory which continues to make all the Bendigo Pottery product using a range of different production techniques including hand throwing, slip casting, jolleying and pressing. All product is now fired in natural gas fired kilns.
In addition to the factory, Bendigo Pottery is a large tourist complex with many things to see and do.
The site includes:
- Retail Pottery Sales
- Artist studios
- Antique centre with 34 stalls
- Hands on clay experience including wheel throwing and clay play
- Interpretive Museum - self guided tour
- Function Centre