Histories, Stories and Information on Vintage & Mid 20th Century Ceramics – mainly from Denmark, Scandinavia, U.K. & Australia, New Zealand. My areas of interest include many of the major commercial brands and well known studio potters, but Im also fascinated by the smaller producers and potters who were often unrecognised during their lifetime. I think it is especially important that the stories of lesser known potters and potteries is documented before it is lost to history.
Also, I think that well designed commercial pottery and dinnerware is as equally important culturally and sociologically as studio pottery – and they each have their role and purpose and place in our society.
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This site is a further evolution of the site I started in 2009 called Retro Pottery Net , which attracted over 1.5million readers until November 2016. The posts from Retro Pottery Net, are being moved over to this site gradually and collated and updated. I’m hoping this site will provide a more reader friendly, visually pleasing and easier to navigate website to the previous one which became difficult to navigate because of the amount of content.
This is by no means a definitive catalogue or history of 20th Century Ceramics – but simply a work in progress of designs and makers I have encountered, from pieces which have passed through my hands either as a collector or as a re-seller of 20th Century Ceramics.
When the migration is complete this will become the repository for all the information I have gathered and been given over the years on 20th Century ceramics – especially that from mid 20th Century Denmark, the U.K, Scandinavia and Australia.
Much of the content here has also come from generous readers keen to share little known information which has enabled me to build a picture of some of the lesser known or less documented makers of this era, and in some cases designers and potters that would have otherwise been lost to history.
As a bit of background:
I began my career as an Art Teacher in the late 1970s, after having studied at what is now the University of South Australia. I taught Art & Design, Ceramics, and Art History to both secondary school and adult students for a number of years before following a number of other creative interests. My main passion and interest however, has always been in Ceramics – whether writing about it, making it or collecting it.
I have a particular interest and passion in mid 20th Century ceramics – especially that from Denmark, United Kingdom and Scandinavia.
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