The natural beauty of the Margaret River region and its associated lifestyle have inspired many artists to make their homes here. You can watch them work and perhaps buy a unique souvenir from around 35 studios and galleries. Follow the Artisans Map, available from tourist information centers, hotels, and galleries, or check www.margaretriverartisans.com.au.
Near Dunsborough, John Miller Design, 51 Marrinup Dr. (off Caves Rd.), Yallingup (tel. 08/9756 6336), showcases his creative handcrafted jewelry. Others in the "don't miss" category here are Gunyulgup Galleries, Gunyulgup Valley Drive (off Caves Rd.) near Yallingup (tel. 08/9755 2177), and Yallingup Galleries on Caves Road (tel. 08/9755 2372), where you can see the work of many fine Australian artists, jewelers, and craftspeople. Not far away is Happs Vineyard and Pottery, Commonage Road, Dunsborough (tel. 08/9755 3479).
Potters Rod Dilkes and Tova Hoffman are renowned for their lustrous "phoenix" bowls with iridescent glazes, at Dilkes-Hoffman Ceramics, Caves Road, 4km (2 1/2 miles) north of Walcliffe Road (tel. 08/9757 2998).Serious lovers of glass art should head to Fox Galleries, Brockman Highway, Karridale, south of Margaret River (tel. 08/9758 6712; www.foxstudioglass.com.au), only open by appointment.
The best maker of furniture using local jarrah timber is at Boranup Gallery, Caves Road, close to the Boranup Road turnoff (tel. 08/9757 7585), featuring stunning jarrah burl inlays, as well as art, glass, and ceramic works.
The Rigby Gallery & Studio, 282A Caves Rd., 2km (1 1/4 miles) south of Wallcliffe Road (tel. 08/9757 3713), celebrates the work of cartoonist Paul Rigby, who worked in Australia, London, and for 25 years on the New York Post and the New York Daily News (open Wed, Sat, and Sun 11am to 4pm or by appointment).
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