Is Crown Lynn col­lect­ing a new trend?


Col­lect­ing Crown Lynn pot­tery is cooler than you may think.

Cu­ra­tor of Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clay­works Mu­seum in New Lynn, Finn McCa­hon-Jones, says they’re ex­pect­ing a younger de­mo­graphic of col­lec­tors at their up­com­ing swap meet on March 12.

He says younger peo­ple are in­ter­ested in col­lect­ing the famed Kiwi pot­tery brand be­cause Crown Lynn is New Zealand made.

Mil­len­ni­als and younger gen­er­a­tions are fiercely proud of liv­ing in New Zealand and things made here. They’re sup­port­ing that in a way by col­lect­ing, he says.

Over week­ends at the mu­seum they draw a crowd aged be­tween 20 and 40 years-old, McCa­honJones says.

Crown Lynn is ac­ces­si­ble to col­lect be­cause of how much was pro­duced - with more than 15 mil­lion Crown Lynn pieces made in New Zealand in 1979, he says.

He says col­lect­ing has a sense of nos­tal­gia and pride. It’s also prac­ti­cal be­cause you can use it, it looks pretty, flow­ers can be dis­played and the pot­tery func­tions as it was meant to.

One of the magic things when peo­ple come to the mu­seum is the mem­o­ries Crown Lynn holds for peo­ple.

He says 90-year old ladies want to keep their Crown Lynn, rather than cabi­net china, be­cause it’s where the mem­o­ries are.

It’s amaz­ing how much per­sonal his­tory sim­ple ev­ery day

‘‘ "you never know what you're go­ing to see"’’

Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Mu­seum in New Lynn cu­ra­tor, Finn McCa­honJones

crock­ery can hold.

Peo­ple don’t come in and say ‘that’s a prime ex­am­ple of 1950’s de­sign’, they say ‘we had that, mum had that, aun­tie had that’, McCa­hon-Jones says.

McCa­hon-Jones says it will be a tra­di­tional swap meet with stalls on ta­bles and blan­kets.

Seven­teen stalls holder will come from Thames, Whangarei, Hamil­ton, Ro­torua and across Auck­land and he ex­pects around 150 peo­ple at the event, he says.

He says he thought it would be cool to have ev­ery­one come to one place, say hello and swap. The real fun part is ‘‘you never know what you’re go­ing to see’’, McCa­hon-Jones says.

He says he en­cour­ages peo­ple who don’t have stalls to ‘‘rock up on the day’’ with crock­ery they’re keen to swap and that peo­ple can also bring cash.

The event runs from 10am-2pm out­side Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clay­works Mu­seum.


Cu­ra­tor of Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Mu­seum in New Lynn, Finn McCa­hon-Jones, has or­gan­ised a swap meet for col­lec­tors and they are not all nanas.BEATRICE

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