Things to See & Do
Shopping at Bendigo Pottery
Bendigo Pottery has an extensive range of high quality tableware and cookware all made right here in Epsom. The range extends from classic products and styles such as slow cooking casseroles and pie plates, to contemporary shapes and hand painted platters and dinnerware . We stock a range of complementary accessories including cork mats, serving spoons, aprons and tea towels. Replacement parts, including lids, are available for all the current range and some of the older pieces. Looking for a bargain? A factory seconds area has discounted product for personal shoppers. And you can shop any time and from anywhere worldwide with online shopping.
Visit the Bendigo Pottery Interpretive Museum, step back in time and learn about the production processes, machinery, working conditions and traditional skills of Bendigo Pottery from its beginning in 1858 to the present.
Bendigo Pottery has one of the most significant collections of historic wood fired kilns in the world.
The Interpretive Museum is built around the old kilns and contains displays of equipment used over the years and product made at the pottery since 1858.Features include:
- Theatrette inside a restored wood fired kiln
- Videos and soundscapes
- Collection of early Bendigo Pottery
- Historic production equipment used for making acid bottles, clay pipes, roof tile, bricks and tableware.
- Timeline display detailing the development of Bendigo Pottery
- Views into the current production areas.
Entry price for Museum is $8.00 adults, $7.00 concession, $4.00 child (5-15 years), $20.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 children), $6.00 group concession (10 or more).
Clay Activities - every day hands on experiences and extra activities for the School Holidays
FUN WITH CLAY - In the potters' workshop area is a Clay Play area for kids to try some hand building or sculpting. Pick up a Clay Play Kit from the sales counter $4.00. No booking required.
WHEEL THROWING LESSONS - Try your hands on the wheel; book a lesson with a skillful potter. $15.00 per half hour (every day) or $30.00 per hour (outside school holidays). Group inquiries welcome. Lessons are available daily at 10, 11, ,12, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30. Take your pots home or leave some with us to glaze and fire, $10.00 per piece. Collection in approx 2-3 weeks or we can post anywhere in the world. Suitable for all ages from 6 years upwards. Bookings recommended, especially during school holidays. Please phone to book 54484404.
DECORATING WORKSHOPS – Weekdays during school holidays, limited dates only. Our artist will show you a range of techniques to paint a plate or mug and then we will glaze and fire so you can use them every day. The workshop takes about 1 hour. Pieces can be collected at around 2-3 weeks or we can arrange postage. Three classes each day at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm. Cost is $18 pp and includes all materials and firing. Bookings essential, please phone 03 54484404.
These workshops are finished for the Summer and will run weekdays in the next holidays before Easter.
Antiques and Collectables Centre
With over 40 individual site holders, the Antiques and Collectables Centre at the iconic Bendigo Pottery is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The range includes pottery, paintings, glassware, jewellery, vintage clothing, furniture, silverware, kitchenalia and collectables of all sizes. A fine browse for serious collectors and a sentimental journey. For inquiries phone 0478 435 885 / 5448 4227.
If you are a dealer or collector with an interest in a site or cabinet please contact us on 54484404.
Contemporary space selling the work of individual potters and artists from regional Victoria.
Featuring ceramics & glass from -
Sue James (brooches, necklaces and plates with Australian flora & fauna), Tony Barnes (Copper reds & blues), Graham Masters (landscape theme), Kaye Poulton (decorative vessels and raku vases), Su Hanna (wood fired), Angie Russi (ceramic Guinea Fowl), Lucy Cleary (glass pendants).
Artists featured at present -
Ellen Lee Osterfield (blue wrens, Australian landscapes), Gail Tavener (Rosellas, Australian landscapes), Terry Jarvis (watercolours) and Robyn Clarke (mixed media).
Studio and gallery of Yvonne George, specialising in large scale and metal sculptures. www.yvonnegeorgesculptor.com check opening times on 0408 141 059
Salt & Pepper Gallery
Emily Crawford - Upcycle Habitat -soy candles, hand made jewellery & herbal teas. Ph 0438 891 973
Catherine Brennan - painter, textile artist.
Individual artist's working studios including -
Sharon Donaldson - photographer and jeweller specialising in fused and layered glass pendants. Ph. 0431 255 529
Leanne Grylls - lampworked glass beads & jewellery. Ph. 0431 255 529
John Allott - sales and repair of clocks, display of historic clocks. Ph. 0405 210 020
The Art of Kar - Kim is a photographer, paper crafter and digital artist, and makes cards & jewellery as well.
The Great Australian Olive Oil Store
Incorporating Olive Oils & associated products,
Cherryl Fyffe (Printmaker) and
Glenwillow Wines. http://www.glenwillow.com.au/wines.asp
Taste olive oils, dressings and award winning wines.
Open 10am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. www.greatoliveoil.com.au Ph. 5448 5045
Relax with a cappuccino and cake or take time out for a light lunch or snack. Try our fantastic sausage rolls and great scones. Open 7 days, 9am to 5pm. Special menu available for groups, including Devonshire Teas and light lunches. Gluten free options available.
The café also stocks Jamies Dressings, Lanas Garden Rhubarb products, Tt's Treats jams & relishes, Bendigo Pure Gold honey.
Great gifts from Imaginellie include wine & champagne glass coolers, wine bottle coolers and slim stubby holders especially for girls.
Current exhibition in the café includes luxurious paintings by Glenys Gaston pencil and hand coloured drawings plus paintings by Ellen Osterfield.