The great Australian artist, the late Pro Hart, lived in Broken Hill, and young Peter Wallace gathered up his courage to introduce himself. 

"He was extremely encouraging,” Peter says, recalling the artist’s generosity in materials, equipment and time.  “I would go to his place and hang around and meet artists and gallery owners from Melbourne. Pro showed me it was possible to making a living as an artist."

However, Peter’s journey to professional excellence was just beginning. A five-year stint in his own pottery at Bathurst was the next stage. Then, after a move to Brisbane, he came in contact with one of the fathers of pottery in Queensland, indeed of Australia. 

Carl McConnell, who had worked alongside the greats in Japan, took Peter under his wing. “He taught me quality and real finesse of form -- and a lot of technical tips."