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Ceramic man goes potty down under! Working Aussie tour for Holmfirth artist.

Byline: DAVE HIMELFIELD

IT'S been a bonzer adventure down under for Holmfirth potter Jim Robison.

Jim, who runs the Booth House Gallery and workshop, has returned from an Australian tour teaching his skills and judging one of the country's top ceramic competitions.

Mr Robison, who has been a renowned potter in Holmfirth since the 1970s, invited 10 sculptors from the Queensland Sunshine Potters over to his studio in October 2008.

The antipodean potters, led by Sunshine chairwoman Jackie Gasson, returned the favour inviting Jim to their Queensland home in October.

After a quick tour of the Daintree National Park and the Barrier Reef, Jim gave his expert tuition at the Spring Fever pottery festival in Alexandra Headland - about 70 miles north of Brisbane.

Jim, who was born in Missouri, USA, sat on the judging panel at the national Townsville Ceramic Competition, held at Townsville, northern Queensland.

Afterwards Jim went to Australian capital, Canberra, to teach at the Australian National University.

Jim finished off his antipodean trip with a visit to friend and Holmfirth ex-pat Jean Dart in Melbourne.

Jean, a former health promotion officer in Huddersfield in the 1990s, moved to Melbourne to join her children.

Mr Robison, 69, said: "The north of Australia is tropical rainforest and you get extraordinary wildlife and snorkelling on the Barrier Reef and seeing the flora really gets your senses going.

"The people are very outgoing. It's a strange mix between British and American tempered by its proximity to the Far East.

"It's a huge country and potters come from all over the place to exhibitions and demonstrations. "It's a very vibrant scene and they are very interested in a whole range of domestic and decorative ceramics."

Jim's Pinch of Salt exhibition runs at Booth House Gallery throughout December.

He is also working towards an exhibition in July of his work over the years entitled Robison at 70.

Go to: www.boothhousegallery.co.uk

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Dec 3, 2009
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