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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.
NEW VIDEO FUNCTION
Potter of the month
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This month's Potter is Lithgow Pottery from Lithgow, New South Wales.
ABC Open Objects
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This extremely rare c. 1890, 28cm high salt glazed, wall hanging flower pot was made by James Price at his Port Arthur Pottery in Tasmania.
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 Meeting was held in January to Celebrate 20 Years of the establishment of the Museum on Australia Day.
Photograph, left to right: Kerrie Ford, Dr. Mathew Trinca Director of the National Museum of Australia (our Official Guest), Geoff Ford OAM, Cr Heather Wilton, Mayor Greater Hume Shire and the Hon. Greg Aplin MP.
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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Potting About is e-mailed direct to subscribers twice a year. Edition No.31 December 2014, includes articles and information on the following topics:
Letters to the Editor
Thomas Ball Short Term Exhibition
Celebrating 20 Years of the Museum
Rare and Early Important Acquisition
New video display function on our Web Page
All about Glazes
Unique Advertising Monk Jug in the Collection
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