More pot­ter­ies around than peo­ple think

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

Va­lerie Monk about pot­tery.

She started col­lect­ing pot­tery 18 years ago and now has thou­sands of pieces.

The au­thor would like to hear from peo­ple who have been in­volved in com­mer­cial pot­ter­ies through­out New Zealand.

This in­cludes own­ers, man­age­ment, pro­duc­tion staff, painters and dec­o­ra­tors, re­tail­ers and sales­peo­ple.

‘‘At present, most col­lec­tors fo­cus on Crown Lynn but there were many other ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers of do­mes­tic mugs, jugs, teapots, kitchen­ware and the like,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to get this in­for­ma­tion while the peo­ple who worked in the in­dus­try are alive and well.’’

Monk has al­ready writ­ten two books about pot­tery and may write a third but she says the most im­por­tant thing is to record the his­tory of these pot­ter­ies.

Many of the com­mer­cial pot­ter­ies were in West Auck­land, al­though some, in­clud­ing Te­muka, Teal and Rich-

is potty Stoneware are

in the South mond lo­cated Is­land.

Whether or not this in­for­ma­tion is recorded in a new book, Monk says it will be added to pub­lic archives so that it is avail­able for en­thu­si­asts in the fu­ture.

‘‘There’s a com­mu­nity of peo­ple re­search­ing, col­lect­ing and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, it’s not just me,’’ she says.

‘‘I have re­alised how many other pot­ter­ies there were be­sides Crown Lynn and I have seen the im­por­tance of them in New Zealand.’’

Monk started the first of her books dur­ing a time in her life when she did not need to work full­time.

She says pieces in her grow­ing col­lec­tion may even­tu­ally be do­nated to Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum.

Monk would be grate­ful for the loan of any rel­e­vant pa­pers, news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and ad­ver­tise­ments, pro­mo­tional brochures and cat­a­logues that may as­sist her re­search.

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