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March 13th, 2011
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Island Bay blue




This week's theme at WPS GIG is "Blue". Shell was kind enough to help out. I knew that 10 metres of baby blue silk organza would come in handy for something eventually.

In other news, I finally got around to going to going to the Crown Lynn Potteries exhibition at the city gallery. Crown Lynn produced ceramic tableware, household and decorative items, was known for its innovation in technique and design and was located in New Lynn, which is where my mum grew up. The output of the pottery is ubiquitous in New Zealand and it was strange being surrounded by familiar things - the brown honey glazed coffee mug I nicked to take to school, the mismatched plates from down the bach, Graham Loftus' favourite colour glazed teacups over which we'd talk about homebuilt telescopes or his time in the RNZAF, the swan vases and Toby Jugs and mixing bowls from Grandma's, Mums good dinnerset. They're both in and out of context in the gallery, in context in that their design now makes sense in the when it's assigned to a time period, instead of being slightly old fashioned and mismatched, always there in the back of the cupboard, being someone's favourite mug and being used.

Also, unintended, I am sure, - this collection was curated and opened well before either of the recent quakes - the collection of Bohemia Ware vases with incised patterns reminiscent of seismograph traces, fractures and contour lines on maps and sited nearby, "Downtown" '60's plates printed with line maps of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. On such a fragile substrate. Yeah, unintentional, I'm sure, but they gave me the willies.

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From:sarahdotcom
Date:March 13th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I wish I could have gone to that.
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From:wcg
Date:March 13th, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
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That's quite a picture. Beautifully done.

Local pottery is such an amazing thing, and so much of it has disappeared in a world of mass production. I remember my mother-in-law showing me how she could look at the glaze on a plate made in Texas and tell me which kiln it was fired in.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 15th, 2011 09:52 am (UTC)
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Did your mother-in-law work in the industry?
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From:wcg
Date:March 15th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
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No. She was the director of the county historical society.
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From:micheinnz
Date:March 17th, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
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The Crown Lynn factory was in the suburb of Christchurch I grew up in. It closed down in the late '80s, as did a lot of others, a victim of the financial reform fetish of the New Right.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 18th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
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I was only aware of the Crown Lynn factory in New Lynn, in what was then Waitakere. I didn't know they had a place in Christchurch as well. Where was it?
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From:micheinnz
Date:March 18th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
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In Hornby, but I can't remember exactly where.
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