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Wilhelm Michalski interviewed by Alex and Annette Hood in the Alex Hood folklore collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3697398
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Michalski, Wilhelm, 1933-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies, written permission is required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 2006 
1 digital audio tape (ca. 65 min.) 

Alex Hood folklore collection.


Wilhelm Michalski born 1933 in Esssen, Germany speaks about his grandparent's origins; his childhood; his father working in coal mine; evacuating during World War II to a farm; Essen and Cologne flattened by bombing; method of bombing; Ivan England, his first pottery teacher; his apprenticeship; his mother's death; his marriage to his first wife; migrating to Australia; had culture shock arriving in Melbourne; sent to Bonegilla Migrant Camp; living in Fairy Meadow, Balgownie Hostel Camp; community living; working in steel works; buying block of land out of Wollongong; establishing successful coffee shops; working with Hans Schuster; German cooking; his marriage break up (1961); his interest in pottery; his artistic desire; how he started the Pigalle restaurant; remarrying; moving to Sydney, Neutral Bay; describes his work; being a teacher at 'The Cottage' in Mosman; teaching at Mosman Evening College; his exhibitions; his joint exhibition with Salvatore Zoffrea; preparing his annual shows at his studio; pottery glazes; visiting Japan; Bob Connery; European and Japanese techniques; his influences, Australian landscapes; ski lodges; his early cafeĢ work catering first for the migrant population; Australian conservatism gradually fading; cultural differences; his family.


Milhelm (Willi) Michalski is a highly respected and successful ceramicist and potter. He migrated to Australia in 1955 and set up coffee shops in Wollongong, N.S.W., while working at his trade as a fitter and turner in BHP steelworks. In 1961 he bagan pottery classes and in 1970s married again and moved to Church Point where he set up his own studio. He began teaching pottery making and has been teaching for 10 years. Michalski specialises in reduction firing and manipulating glazes.


Recorded on March 29, 2006 at Church Point, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (5 p.) 
Subjects Michalski, Wilhelm, 1933- -- Interviews.  |  Potters -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Occupation Fitters and turners.  |  Potters.
Other authors/contributors Hood, Alex, 1935-, Interviewer  |  Hood, Annette, 1948-, Interviewer


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