Record straight

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, Get­ting ‘air­brushed from his­tory’ is not un­usual where the known facts appear un­in­ter­est­ing or not nearly as com­mer­cially com­pelling or as at­trac­tive as an al­ter­na­tive story, not that I’m say­ing the founders of Is­land Porce­lain are not all at­trac­tive, I’m not that brave, but nev­er­the­less it is only fair to them to set the record straight.

The story about Is­land Porce­lain in the Ban­ner of May 5 com­ing full cir­cle is a good pos­i­tive story and it is great to see Tracy res­ur­rect­ing an old is­land busi­ness. How­ever, the part of the story about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of Is­land Porce­lain is some­what mis­lead­ing and un­kind at best to the founders of Is­land Porce­lain.

It gives the strong im­pres­sion that Alas­dair Dunn was the cre­ative mind be­hind the busi­ness and his ‘ded­i­cated team’ were dragged along in his cre­ative wake. Alas­dair was a tal­ented artist and pot­ter but even with his tal­ents he would have found it dif­fi­cult to de­sign for or man­age Is­land Porce­lain given that he died two years be­fore the com­pany was es­tab­lished in 1988 by Ile Ash, Ann Rhead, Janette Head and Marie Park. The re­al­ity is that none of the 52 de­signs cre­ated and man­u­fac­tured by Is­land Porce­lain was cre­ated by Alas­dair Dunn. They were de­signed from 1988 to 1996 by Ile and Ann and from 1996 on­wards by Ann alone until the busi­ness was sold in 2005 and, as I un­der­stand it, these com­prise al­most all the Is­land Porce­lain de­signs still on sale now.

Alas­dair Dunn is recog­nised as an out­stand­ing artist and pot­ter, and I’m sure he wouldn’t have been averse to see­ing these four lo­cal girls get­ting some praise for the ef­fort, qual­ity of work­man­ship and cre­ative tal­ent they put into the busi­ness over 17 years.


Don­ald McNi­col, Kings Cross.

Ed­i­tor’s note: The orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle was writ­ten in good faith largely from in­for­ma­tion con­tained in the Ban­ner ar­chive and in­cluded all those named in this let­ter.

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