William Ricketts (1898–1993) was an Australian potter and sculptor of the arts and crafts movement.
Born in Richmond, Victoria in 1898, William settled permanently in Mount Dandenong, Victoria in 1934. Although not trained as a potter and never technically superior (his works, large and small, frequently exhibit cracking), the power of his vision of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world was his general message throughout his artworks.
Ricketts' major work is in the sculpture park that he named Potter's sanctuary, but which is now known as William Ricketts Sanctuary. In the 1960s the Government, Victoria bought the Sanctuary from Ricketts, and made it a public park. Ricketts lived there until his death in 1993.
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