Villiers (dianavilliers) wrote,

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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