Credits

Documentary production

Peacock Visuals
peacockvisuals.com

Audio Visual Director, Camera & Editor

Chad Peacock

Audio Visual Producer

Lauren McDonough

Audio Visual Writers

Chad Peacock & Lauren McDonough

Year

2014

Working with Pippin Drysdale at her Studio. 1992 – Present

In a humble potter’s studio in Fremantle, Western Australia, a unique and surprising collaboration has been producing world renowned work for nearly three decades. The unlikely match of 71 year old Pippin Drysdale and surfer Warrick Palmateer is cemented in their shared obsession for perfection.

ABC TV Arts and Arts Online

Drysdale is the darling of Australian ceramics. Her work has taken her across the globe, having exhibited in more than ten countries. But this illustrious career has been a long journey.

Despite her privileged upbringing in Perth’s western suburbs, the adventurous Drysdale felt a bit of a misfit in her youth and struggled to find her niche. Then, at age thirty, she discovered ceramics and forged a career that has spanned nearly forty years; a career that has changed her life, giving it direction and purpose.

Drysdale is a perfectionist. Her studio is full of pieces that did not make the grade. But every day she sets herself the challenge to create those often-illusive ‘perfect’ pieces.

Drysdale freely admits that she owes a lot to long time friend and collaborator Warrick Palmateer. A potter with his own unique body of work, he is responsible for throwing the incredible vessels she adorns with her ‘journey.’

They are quite the odd couple. He is young enough to be her son. People who are not privy to the process often question the relationship. However there is nothing but respect and friendship, and a deep understanding of each other’s goals to create incredible art.

One would be forgiven for thinking there would be a question of ownership – the work is accredited solely to Drysdale. But Palmateer is adamant the story and the work is Drysdale’s and that he is just a part of her journey to create the perfect pieces.

They are humble when they speak of their own abilities but full of praise for each other’s skills as masters of their field. They acknowledge that the sum of their skills is what creates such amazing art – Palmateer’s throwing skill and sense of form combined with Drysdale’s ability to combine colour and texture as she treats the surface of the vessel. Together they create something incredibly special.

Reference: ABC TV Arts and Arts Online at vimeo.com/102187956

 

 

Bonus Viewing

Silent, 19 minute documentation of the creation process