He continued a successful career as a potter and went on to have regular
exhibitions in Melbourne and has pieces exhibited in the National Gallery
of Victoria. Gus’s work has been represented in the Art Gallery of Western
Australia, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, University
of Queensland and many private collections both
in Australia and overseas.
Whilst Gus concentrated producing and exhibiting “one-off” pieces
of pottery ( and during the periods of his animation) which includes the period
from the ‘50’s,’60’s, 70, and 80’s, Betty, carried
on exclusively with the Yarraridge Pottery business., producing the animals,
decorating and firing pieces (designed by Gus in the ‘50’s/’60’s)
such as bulls, horses, lions cats etc. whilst also working on her own designs
supplying Potters Cottage and other galleries mainly in Victoria.
the early 70s’s Gus and Betty purchased land in Merimbula, New South Wales
and over the next few years Gus built the house, ( where she currently lives).
In the early eighties Betty trained their daughter Kirsty McLaren to continue
the business of producing the animals in their Warrandyte studio, she ran the
business for a couple of years before leaving for London in the mid-eighties
to become a photographer where she currently still lives.. Their eldest daughter,
Susan, after an early career in fashion modelling, also now lives in Europe,
and is following the family tradition, and has become a ceramic artist, producing
highly colourful mosaic designs and ceramic sculptures. She has two children
Ella and Zac, and is now a grandmother to two young boys Oliver and Luca. The
boys, John, headed north to Merimbula, he took after his father in his love
of creative stone-walls and landscape gardening, while youngest Tim, has settled
in Melbourne with his wife Janine, and son, Liam and divides his time between
his passion as a jazz musician [ guitarist] and computer programming. His computer
skills and Kirsty’s design and photographic skills have been used to very
good effect in producing this website!
the early 80s, after a short break, Betty began working again in her new studio
in Merimbula and resumed the full and exclusive productions of the animals as
well as other work that she produces and designs, continuing to supply Potters
Cottage in Warrandyte ( as before) right up until its recent close. Betty, now
in her 80’s still continues to supply local galleries, as well as galleries
far afield, the unique McLaren Pottery animals, which had it’s origins
in the 1950’s right through to the present day.
Gus interspersed periods of animating and pottery. Betty says “It wasn’t
long before Gus became fascinated with “stoneware” ceramics and
we added a gas fired Stoneware kiln to the studio.” Increasingly his
ceramics work, was becoming almost entirely “stoneware”, much
of it taking on more of an abstract style, becoming less decorative and more
sculptural in form using matt ash glazes etc.
His surfaces were becoming more rugged and textural and his life-long love
of “science-fiction” was seemingly being reflected in the wonderful
and fantastic shapes of his ceramic sculptures.
working on stoneware pieces for exhibitiion
highly decorated pieces
and grandson, Liam