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Mark and Jill Pearse

Australian-born Mark and Jill Pearse had childhoods in Victoria, Mark in the country and Jill in suburban Melbourne. They were young when they studied at the art school of the National Gallery of Victoria, and were still very impressionable when, soon after, they left for Europe for three years on Mark’s travelling scholarship.

On their return to Australia they settled in Adelaide and Mark became an art master at St Peter’s College where he also taught himself to pot. He became addicted to pottery making and, with Jill, established Pearse’s Uraidla Pottery in the Adelaide Hills. Then in 1979 they moved with their family of three to Yankalilla and developed Pearse’s Pottery at Bungala House where they lived for 35 years. As both were practising artists and community minded, their historic home became a hub of local artistic life.

Over 70 pages of text tell their story in Lorraine McLoughlin’s biographical work, George Tetlow and Mark and Jill Pearse: Lives in art  ISBN: 978-0-646-94445-6

The book also features photographs of Mark’s paintings and pottery, Jill’s mosaic and drawings and pastels as well as photographs of Bungala House.

The accompanying DVD features Mark discussing influences on his art and throwing a pot in his studio, while Jill reflects on their life as artists and youthful travels in Europe. She is interviewed in Bungala House and there is considerable footage of the interiors she decorated.

A ten-page illustrated appendix tells the story of Bungala House itself.

For further details contact Lorraine by completing the enquiries form.

Pearse’s Pottery, on its new site at 50 Main Road, Yankalilla 5203, is open for limited hours. 

To purchase pottery and art works contact 08 8558 2281 or via PO Box 953, Normanville SA 5204.

Lorraine McLoughlin
BA Dip T Grad Dip (Ed. Admin.)
Grad Dip (Creative Writing)
SA Great Regional Community Individual Award Winner 2007 SaveSave