Eric Juckert, Australia
Eric Juckert 1918-2004, Australia
Eric Juckert was a prolific Australian Studio & Commercial Potter and Artist/Painter who had studied with Una Deerborn in South Yarra, Melbourne. He worked as a potter and painter from around 1949 to 1992 in Victoria. His pottery was also sold by the department stores Myer and David Jones under the trade name “Jacqueline”.
It is worth reading a well researched biography on his life on the Australian “Rameking” blog HERE . A selection of his work showing the wide variety of styles he produced can also be seen at the local museum in Cowes, Victoria.
Juckert was a highly skilled potter, and well respected amongst his peers both nationally and internationally. I especially love his use of expert use of glaze colourants and surface texture. Even the smoothest of his glazes have a luxurious, tactile quality about them.
The pieces you will probably come across most often by Juckert in Australia are the small bottles with impressed circle designs, and the white “splatter” glaze commercial ware.
Almost all of Juckert’s work is signed with an easily recognisable signature (see photo above), making identification of his work straightforward. Some of the later pieces will have his signature, plus “Phillip Island” inscribed to the base.
Eric Juckert’s commercial works like the one in the photograph below, were mainly made with a white spatter finish, and are incised ‘Juckert’ or ‘Eric Juckert’ to the base. The white spatter finish was very popular in Australia with commercial potteries at the time (1950s)
Eric Juckert – Wall Vase – with white “splatter glaze” Photo via Antiques Reporter Australia
Juckert also produced exquisite studio pieces like the ones below. These are a quite a bit harder to find. The examples below are from Judith Pearce from “Australian Pottery at Bemboka”