I really admire the work of South Australian potter Tim Strachan (b1954 - ). It displays such a high level of skill and craftsmanship, as well as a quiet Japanese aesthetic.
Tim trained at the Jam Factory in Adelaide under national living treasure Jeff Mincham in 1981, following a certificate course in ceramics. Tim continues to work from his studio in the Adelaide Hills today.
Tim's earlier work which he is probably best known for - often consisted of beautifully thrown, Japanese influenced stoneware and porcelain pieces with superb satin smooth crackle glazes and skilled brushwork. He is also known for his wood fired, ash glazed terracotta pieces.
Here are 3 pieces of Tim Strachan's work I have, starting from the mid 1980's and working backwards - you can see in the last piece his style hasn't fully developed, the piece is heavier and the decoration doesn't show the same confidence in the brushwork The last photo is Tim's signature, but the 2 earlier pieces are simply marked on the base T.S. The first piece is quite a large exhibition piece, and the other 2 about 15cm tall.
Tim held an exhibition here last year which I kick myself for missing.....but hopefully there are many more to come.