Brian Tunks talk at ‘Smart works: design and the handmade’ symposium


Brian Tunks established Bison Australia (‘a successful business, almost by mistake’) in 1997 to make a wide range of ‘mix and match’ table-ware in stoneware clay. From small beginnings, slip casting forms in his father’s shed, Tunks moved in 2004 to a factory in Pialligo, Australian Capital Territory. His solution to production is to employ locally, working with standard materials and good systems to make items of world quality, produced on a personal and local level. Bison has over 60 stockists in Australia and New Zealand, with a strong international market. A key part of Bison’s promotion strategy is to include its tableware in photographic features in food and wine magazines.