More potteries around than people think
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.