60s pottery

60s Australian pottery60s pottery
made in Australia

A little collection of lovely 60s pottery- but with no maker’s marks or other means of identification. All in great condition – and identified as being 60s pottery due to the styling, pastel colourings and – spots. Nothing says the 60s like spots!

This collection came from a lovely old lady’s home- she could recollect buying the pieces in the 60s but not from whom or where she bought them. She had had them on display but was selling them to make room for some nice new pieces- contemporary pieces- from the 80s. That’s how long ago it was- but even now I can remember my heart sinking thinking how horrible it was swapping the 60s for the 80s. Only twenty years difference- but yowza!- light years away in terms of design. The 80s was the era that design forgot.

Now my 60s collection is burgeoning to over-full and I must reluctantly part with some of it. Not to buy contemporary pieces, like the lovely old lady- but to display and enjoy the small part of the collection that I can fit in my tiny inner-city house.

This collection- five 60s pieces in good condition- is for sale: $AUD75

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Smoking paraphernalia

'Cigarette' ashtray & Daniel Clark placeatsFunky 60s ashtray,
‘Fish’ placemats by Daniel Clark, made in Australia 1960s

I don’t EVER buy smoking paraphernalia. I grew up in a household with two chain-smoking parents and I consequently hate everything to do with smoking.

Unless…it’s an ironic 60s ashtray that features cigarettes on a painters easel. Surrounded by abstract art forms, in a funky 60s shape. That’s an astray that I can enjoy. [Plus it’s never been used and would make a great pin dish.]

The ironic ashtray sits on a placemat designed and printed by 60s graphic designer Daniel Clark. The fabric pattern is called [unsurprisingly] ‘Fish’ and the limes and greys and very funky 60s-ness remind me of the ashtray. There are four placemats in the set.

As an ode to the funky 60s, this set is for sale: $60

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Pates lustreware platterPates lusterware plate
made in Sydney, Australia c. 1950s

Ah lusterware! Loved by me and…hardly anyone else –and….loathed by many. But it was such a quintessential expression of the 50s – and a world-wide phenomenon – in that it linked ideas of ‘modernity’ with ‘metal’ or machinery. In short, lustreware was all about the space-race.

Lustreware is a metallic glaze produced by using metal oxides in an overglaze, placed over an initial colour and re-fired in a kiln. Lustreware’s shininess and metallic-ness was very revolutionary in the 50s – so used to pastel pink and baby blues. It was all about the new ‘machine’ era.

This swan/peacock platter, though- is familiar in form. Pates produced this piece through the 40s in rather sedate glazed colours and then updated it using lusterware glazes in the 50s. The Pates catalogue actually describes this as a swan/peacock platter, as if it is an amalgam of the two. Either way, the bird’s head is the platter handle and the lusterware is – awesome!

The lusterware platter is for sale: $AUD75

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Pates posey vases

Pates posey vasesPates posey vases,
made in Sydney, Australia c.1940-1950s

These posey vases were made by Pates Pottery, which operated out of Belmore, Sydney from 1946 -1990. As you may have noticed, given the tenor of the posts of this blog, being a Sydneyite I have an affinity for the potteries that were producing domestic ware in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

Pates’ pottery glazes were influenced by domestic 1950s furnishing and interior colour trends; but the forms borrowed heavily from British and American designs. These posey vases comprise three ‘trough’ vases [foreground] and two ‘log’ vases [background]- the forms were copied from overseas but the colours are all about Australian interior decor of the 50s.

Posey vases are small and design to ‘float’ short-stemmed flowers. All the posey vases are stamped ‘Pates Australia’ on the base and all are in good condition with no cracks or crazing.

Five Pates posey vases for the discerning Pates/posey vase collector; for sale- $AUD100

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Diana vases

Diana vasesDiana vases
made in Sydney, Australia c.1940s

Here are two more vases from my vast Diana pottery collection. I particularly like these post-war pieces with their ‘kangaroo- haunch’ bases. The vase bases -together with the green & brown colours – represent Australian nationalism at its best.

I’ve teamed the Diana vases with a black perspex / cream Goudy font reprographic board. This board is c. 1960s but I like way it frames the vases- as well as the simpatico cream coloured font.

70s Pavlova platters

70s pavlova plattersIdeal Ironstone Ware Pavlova recipe platters,
made in Japan c.1970s

Pavlova is my favourite food- and I often request a pavlova for my birthday cake. Pavlova is a giant meringue desert named for the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova -it was created in her honour after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The meringue plays homage to the ballerina’s tutu and her ‘light as air’ dance movements. It is a bone of contention between the two countries as to who actually invented the pavlova, but really the evidence comes down on the side of New Zealand.

These platters are fantastic: not only do you get a fool-proof recipe, you cook the pavlova directly on the plate [SO handy.] AND – they are great for cooking pizzas too. I’m sure you could cook all sorts of stuff on the ceramic surface…. but I only know how to cook pavlova and pizza.

The platters are made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- featured recently in my series of ‘realism’ plates. Ideal describes itself on the back of the platter as: “World’s Finest Ironstone; Oven-Proof and Craze-Proof.” Here we have four 70s designs [same recipe]- so you could have a make two pizzas and two pavlovas simultaneously- imagine that! PARTY!

The pavlova platters are for sale: $AUD65

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Fowler Ware

Fowler Ware mixing bowl & jugFowler Ware mixing bowl & jug
made in Australia, c.1940s

Fowler Ware first began producing industrial pottery in Glebe, Sydney in the 1840s. After WWII, Fowler Ware moved to producing pottery for the domestic market : their pudding bowls were so popular that they opened a second pottery to cope with the demand.

Fowler Ware is now very collectible and becoming harder to obtain: particularly so the mixing bowls with pouring lip. The domestic ware was produced in a range of classic 40s colours: green, yellow, grey, crimson, blue and white. Here we have a large mixing bowl and matching jug in the pastel yellow. The two are a pair- both have matching incised rings around the base.

I’ve teamed the Fowler Ware pieces with a perspex board from an old reprographics factory – I like the framing qualities of the font board- as well as the yellow letters.

The mixing bowl & jug are for sale: $AUD75

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World’s Finest Ironstone [not an inconsiderable claim]

Ideal Ironstone platters & plateIdeal Ironstone Ware platters and plate
made in Japan, 1960s

You may have enjoyed the pavlova plates I posted made by Ideal Ironstone Ware- here are some of their other 60s outputs- a series of platters and dishes with realistic transfer prints with a unifying motif of….parsley. I have given it a botanical assessment…and yep, that’s parsley.

So- the two platters- with central hollow for a dipping sauce, feature oysters and prawns. And parsley. The oysters on the first platter are seen in their various stages from ‘natural’ to shucked, and my -don’t they look delicious? The lobsters on the second platter are gaily arrayed around the parsley. They look to me- as an Australian to be more like yabbies…but after research I believe they are meant to convey lobsters to a European market. In the 60s yabbies were hardly a well known culinary dish.

The last dish is a matching lobster/parsley dish – for the left over shells after eating. Its central motif is a slice of lemon- which indicates its use. All three plates have a gilt edge…and so the three are perfect for an Aussie Christmas lunch of prawns, yabbies, lobster and oysters. Parsley optional.

The three plates are for sale: $AUD85

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60s realism serving plate

Oven Master plate, 1960sOven Master plate,
made in Australia, 1960s

I have posted many ‘realism’ plates from Japan – but this is the first plate I have come across that was made here in Australia. Nothing says ‘60s’ like radish, boiled egg and a prawn!

I particularly like the shadow graphic for each item- and the fine gilt edge to the plate. The plate can be displayed either way up- you’ll notice the radish has an opposite shadow to the egg and prawn. This is all class, people! And on the back of the plate is the inscription:

Oven To Table
Oven Master, Australia

so one can use the plate happily in the oven and then serve a dish of Pad Thai [ok- I googled the ingredients- radish, egg, prawn!]

The plate is in good condition and is for sale: $AUD55

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Coffin vase

Whitefriars coffin vaseWhitefriars tangerine ‘Coffin Vase’, made in England 1969
Ceramic condiment set, made in Japan c. 1970s

Whitefriars ‘Coffin’ vase, from the ‘Textured’ range, was designed by Geoffrey Baxter; a designer who was brought into the Whitefriars team to provide ‘modern’ [ie: ‘Scandinavian’] glass pieces. Whitefriars was a glass company that produced glass works continuously from 1720-1980, when it finally closed. Geoffrey Baxter starting working there in 1954, and with his death in 1995 his ‘Textured’ range of vases has become highly collectible.

This vase has pattern number 9686. Tangerine was a new colour that Geoffrey Baxter introduced: the Coffin vase was also made in greens, blues, and yellows. The coffin vase is now considered ‘iconic’ – representative of its era.

I’ve teamed the tangerine vase with an orange and yellow condiment set – also somewhat representative of its era. The colours and forms work well together and would make a great contribution to an early 70s collection.

The Whitefriars Coffin vase is for sale: $AUD95

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