Live and work at Ian Currie’s pottery

Ian Currie

Ian Currie lived and potted for over 30 years in a quiet valley in South East Queensland. When he died in 2011, we, his family, did not want to let the property go. We decided to create a two bedroom flat to allow another potter to live in half of the house and work in Ian’s pottery. This is very much in keeping with Ian’s personal philosophy of inclusion and sharing.

We are now looking for a potter to do just this. They will live and work in a place that was built by Ian and very special to him.

The new potter will have exclusive use of Ian's pottery, as well as the two bedroom flat to live in. It would be comfortable for a single person or someone with a partner. It may even work for a small family.

Ian’s house on the hill

The house and pottery are situated close together on an east-facing slope, surrounded by open eucalypt forest. It's a very tranquil, private spot on the edge of a cliff, overlooking a creek. The site feels pleasantly remote, but it’s actually part of an intentional community called Mandala with 15 homesites. Mandala is less than 2 hours drive to Brisbane, and around 30 minutes to the closest large town, Warwick.

Currie family members will occasionally stay in the other part of the house.

The potter would ideally be working toward some project (exhibition, masters degree etc), but getting the right person is far more important to us than what they're working on. The time scale for this initial tenancy is negotiable.

Cost

The cost is $150 a week plus gas and electricity. The tenant/s will be required to do basic maintenance, e.g. checking for termites, clearing gutters, mowing and to participate in the community water roster.

The potter’s flat

The flat forms part of the house that was built by Ian and Christine Currie in their early years at Mandala, and has the character you might expect in a hand-built dwelling. Features include bush-timber poles and polished wood floors.

The stove and hot water system run on gas, and a wood-heater has been installed for comfort in the winter. One of the bedrooms looks out over the valley below, while the other looks toward the pottery. The compact kitchen flows onto the open living area, which has views out to the trees through French doors. The bathroom features a new and very functional composting toilet (no smell).

The flat can be let fully or partly furnished, as required.

Mandala is a gazetted nature refuge with abundant wildlife including wallabies, small birds and lizards. Because of this cats and dogs are not permitted.

The potter’s flat.

The potter’s flat – the large window belongs to one of the bedrooms. The small gas kiln is visible on the right.

The pottery

The pottery studio is a beautiful mudbrick building with two verandas and excellent natural light

It is fully equipped with an electric wheel, kick wheel, pug mill, ball mill, slab roller, extruder etc. The electric wheel is sited in front of a large picture window. There’s a small pot-belly stove for winter warmth. Outside there are drying beds that have not been used for some time, but could be easily rehabilitated.

The interior of the pottery - 2011

The glazing area on the back veranda of the pottery - 2011

Ian glazing one of his large jars next to the back veranda - 2006

There are large and small gas kilns and a noborigama wood fired kiln.

Noborigama wood kiln - 2011

Ian unpacking the wood kiln - 2006

Mandala

The house is situated in Mandala, an intentional community of 15 shareholdings with 10 permanent residences. We would introduce the potter to the other members. As well as the 15 one hectare house blocks, there are ninety seven hectares (around 240 acres) of common nature refuge land to enjoy.

Mandala is an intentional community established in 1975. Ian and his wife Christine were two of the founding members.

The property lies in a valley 140km south west of Brisbane and 40km north east of Warwick in the western foothills of the Main Range within easy access to Main Range National Park. Lying at an altitude between 530 and 713 metres, Mandala enjoys milder, less humid summers than coastal Queensland and colder winters with frequent frosts.

The country is mostly dry sclerophyll forest merging into wet sclerophyll in the riparian areas adjoining nearly three kilometres of double creek frontage.

Contact

To make contact with the Currie family about this, please email: curriehouse@currie.to