Striking amongst the works are the numbers devoted to ginger beer, beer and especially water filtering devices of varying sizes. Filtering water, prior to the availability of under-the-sink devices found today, was a vital commodity in ensuring the health of the community.
Besides reflecting the importance of ceramics prior to the introduction of plastics, the collection also reflects changing technologies and tastes. The introduction of uniquely Australian motifs is particularly interesting amongst the decorative works, especially from the period around federation in 1901.
Geoff and Kerrie Ford have both been recognised by the Australian Government for, amongst other things, their services to the history of Australian Ceramics and Geoff is the author of a number of books on the subject.
The museum is open 9.30-4.30 Thursday to Tuesday and guided tours can be arranged by contacting the owners.