William George (Gus) and Betty McLaren were a husband and wife team who founded McLaren Pottery in 1945 in Warrandyte, Victoria. Gus was born in Melbourne in 1923, while Betty was born in 1927.
Gus McLaren first developed an interest in pottery while serving in the Australian Army during World War II. After the war, he studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and then went on to apprentice with some of the best potters in Europe, including Bernard Leach in England.
In 1955, McLaren returned to Australia and set up his own studio in Warrandyte, Victoria. Over the course of his career, he developed a unique style that combined traditional Japanese and European techniques with Australian influences. McLaren's work was highly sought after, and he was recognized as one of Australia's leading potters.
Together, they established a small pottery studio on their property in Warrandyte more...
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