Handmade ceramics painted by the Community of Cherbourg in traditional designs.
Barambah, meaning fresh or running water, is the Indigenous name for the area surrounding Cherbourg, the third largest Indigenous community in Queensland, Australia.
Barambah Pottery was a commercial training venture in Cherbourg from 1969 to 1987. During this time many local people were employed to create and decorate pottery for both practical and aesthetic use.
Most of the works produced at Barambah Pottery were decorated with traditional Indigenous designs and motifs, and some were made specifically for social clubs and organisations in the South Burnett. Many were sold through the Aboriginal Creations store in Brisbane to foreign tourists.
At the launch of the Barambah Pottery exhibition in December 2016 it was officially announced that Arts Queensland would generously grant funding to reignite decorative ceramic production in Cherbourg—30 years after Barambah Pottery was closed.
It was decided that this exciting new venture should be named ‘ReFire’, as a play on the word’s dual meanings: ‘to set light again, reignite, or rekindle’ and ‘firing pottery for a second time to further decorate a piece.’ ReFire culminated in a series of workshops and exhibitions at various art galleries. Due to the success of the ReFire project, pottery production continued under the name ‘Barambah Pottery’ to honour Cherbourg’s rich history of pottery production.
Due to the COVD-19 restrictions Barambah are unable to offer online sale. However hope to be back for the face-to-face Meeanjin in November. But you can support them online by following their progress on their website and socials media.