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The National Museum of Australian Pottery is the only Museum dedicated to 19th and early 20th century Australian pottery and is the culmination of many years of collecting and research throughout Australia.
On display are over 1,600 pieces of domestic pottery from over 120 Australian pottery companies established between European settlement and the end of World War I, (1918).
Amongst the extensive range of pottery wares, such as simple preserving jars, jugs, colourful cheese covers, beautiful bread plates and elegantly decorated water filters are a few rare examples of pottery made by the convict potter Jonathan Leak, who’s few surviving pieces are the earliest marked pottery produced in Australia.
Also on display are over 100 original photographs, showing the interior and exterior of many potteries, exhibition displays and portraits of the potters along with catalogues, price lists and numerous old advertisements.
The Collection represents in many ways the struggle, courage and determination of many of our early potters who, often under difficult circumstances, produced basic and decorative domestic pottery, frequently with spectacular results.
Visitors have a unique opportunity to further their knowledge and appreciation of our early Australian pottery heritage.
So come and spend some quality time at Holbrook in the National Museum of Australian Pottery with Geoff and Kerrie Ford.
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Potter of the month
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This month's Potter is Bennetts Pottery from Magill Adelaide
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This extremely rare c. 1882, 22cm high Bristol glazed, Bendigo Pottery cheese cover and plate was recently purchased at an auction by the Friends of the NMAP Inc.
The design or pattern is not rare, there are a number of Majolica glazed examples known. The rarity lies in the fact that this one is impressed under the plate: ‘TBPC’ (The Bendigo Pottery Company) which was only used between 1882 and 1885. To my knowledge, this is the only Bendigo Pottery cheese cover and plate known with this mark. However, there are a small number of other Majolica glazed Bendigo Pottery pieces known with this mark.
Friends of NMAP Inc.
The Friends of NMAP Inc. get together at the Museum four times a year. The meetings are well attended by members from far and wide who enjoy themselves and take away a greater knowledge of collecting Australian pottery.
Our theme at the August Meeting was "Your most unusual glazed piece", which was won by this delightful vase.
This 8 cm diameter modern vase was made by Ted Secombe at his studio in the Yarra Valley, Victoria.
If you would like to become a member you can find further information and a membership form in the ‘NMAP FRIENDS’ section.
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Thomas Ball Short Term Exhibition
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Unique Moreton & Sons Wall Hanging Plaque
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