Dating remued pottery
At its best, Essexware stands tall even when compared to the best of the Boyds and Studio Anna.For those interested in reading more about Essexware this is a a blog dedicated to the potteries, people and wares: Essexware Ponderings The blog is unique as it shows many photographs of the potters at work and play in the late 1950’s.Although George is gone his memory will continue to live on through the amazing body of work he leaves behind.Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over 3 months since my last post.Our legacy goes back to 1877, when the first stoneware company was formed in Red Wing, at the sharpest navigable bend in the mighty Mississippi River. Our young country needed crocks, jugs, and sewerpipe, and Goodhue County had the clay deposits and an immigrant workforce to start producing millions of pieces of functional stoneware. According to Geoff Ford’s Encyclopedia of Australian Potter’s Marks (1st ed pg67); Essexware was started in 1945 (somewhere between 19 is more likely though) by Gordon and Irene Dunstan in Leura NSW.
Most come via rather simple searches like “Cula Pottery” or “Florenz Pottery”.Well, it’s only taken me 7 years of collecting Aussie Pottery but last month I finally acquired my first piece of Essexware.I know it’s not the greatest example of what Essexware was capable of, but still a sweet little piece nonetheless.It’s great to be able to put a face to the name when so often in this area of collecting the name is all that remains.Posted: February 13th, 2011at pm by Tim Tagged with Adele Durie, Australian Pottery, Beverley Bray, Diana Pottery, Essexware, Geoff Fords Encyclopedia of Australian Potter's Marks, Gordon Dunstan, Guy boyd, Irene Dunstan, Marjory Zabell, Martin Boyd, Norm Sherratt, Rudolf Planter, Studio Anna, Thomas Alban, Tony Priest, Wembley Ware Categories: Australian Pottery, Finds Comments: No comments One of the few old pieces of pottery I have purchased in my first year living in Tassie.