William Ricketts Sanctuary
In the 1930s, Williams Ricketts purchased a four-acre bush block on Mount Dandenong and named it Potter’s Sanctuary. Over the decades Ricketts created kiln-fired clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures, and these sculptures discreetly sit amongst rocks, fern trees and Mountain Ash. The collection of 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals are an expression of Ricketts’ philosophy and inspiration for much of his work - that people need to act as custodians for the natural environment in the same way as Aboriginal people are.
The Victorian Government bought the land and adjoining blocks for the people in the 1960s in order to preserve Ricketts’ work. Ricketts continued to live and create his sculptures at the Sanctuary until his death in 1993. Today the William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquility, due to both the natural setting and the mystical sculptures, half hidden among ferns along the pathways. Visitors are invited to enjoy the audio-visual display featuring Ricketts, to experience the vision and passion that live in his art.