Here is another treasure for you lovers of the work of Stephen Skillitzi in the 1970s, in this case 1976. This monster is 22cm high and weighs 2.5kg. Like an earlier piece I showed, this one clearly suggests Skillitzi's training as a potter. It also shows why the cow maid's stool has three legs, not the four legs which require greater precision in the making.
We picked it up at a weekend gallery sale in Newcastle, NSW. That city has an industrial heritage that includes coal mining, steel furnaces and, of course, glass making. In case such industrial areas are thought always bleak and dreary, Newcastle boasts some of the most glorious headlands and beaches in Australia. Not even the queue of 15 or so bulk carriers out to sea can take away from the breathtaking views. Recommended!