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Petrichor - longing for the smell of rain

25cm (W) x 55cm (H) x 20cm (D)
hand-built stoneware clay, glaze & stains

Robyn Phelan
Submission for the 2021 Klytie Pate Award

Artist statement

Petrichor is the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell. It is unique to place and experience. 

4th January 2020
I am in Merrijig. Bushfire smoke fills the skies and ferocious winds shred the landscape.

5th January 2020
Raindrops fall as a soothing balm, petrichor fills the air, feelings of sadness and relief descend.

6th January 2020
Steady showers here on the Delatite, yet fires continue to burn across what is to become the blackest of summers.

Image: Christopher Sanders Photography