Bendigo work on show

A BENDIGO man will showcase a series of his photographs of olden day pottery at an exhibition in Scotland. 

Ken Arnold, who researches and writes history books, published a book detailing the history of Bendigo Pottery - which was founded by Scotland's George Duncan Guthrie. 

He said the exhibition, which was set in Glasgow, would recognise Scottish potters who migrated to Australia to continue their craft. 

Mr Arnold said the offer to showcase his work overseas came as a complete shock. 

"I was contacted by a man from Scotland asking if I would make a contribution to an exhibition coinciding with the Commonwealth Games," he said.

"It means a lot to me and certainly a lot to the Bendigo Pottery.

"It is a chance to have my work recognised and for the pottery to receive publicity." 

He said he had sent several photographs of pottery works from the late 1880s - most of them featuring water filters. 

The exhibition coincides with the Commonwealth Games and Mr Arnold said he hoped to see his photographs on display first-hand. 

"Hopefully I can get over there," he said. 

"I might go over after the Commonwealth Games finish. It might be easier."

Mr Arnold has been researching and writing books for about 40 years and is currently working on number 100 - the history of Tarnagulla. 

He also publishes his books and is the owner of Crown Castleton Publishers. 

Mr Arnold said it was the thrill of the chase of researching a book that he loved the most. 

"(Researching and writing books) has its downsides," he said. 

"Some people won't make a contribution and then they sit down and point out all your errors."

Bendigo Pottery owner Rod Thomson said it was the first time work from the business had featured overseas.

"The founder came from Scotland. There is a very strong connection," he said. 

"It is great to see there is an interest outside of Australia in some of the early work."

The Commonwealth Games will feature 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries, who will compete in 17 sports over 11 days from July 23 to August 3.  

It is a chance to have my work recognised and for the pottery to receive publicity. - Ken Arnold

Pottery photos Scotland bound

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