Studio Anna wall plates & salt and pepper shakers
made in Australia 1950s
Studio Anna started their art pottery in 1953, in Marrickville [just near where I now live.] Unlike many other potteries in the area, Studio Anna commenced with making art pieces; rather than converting from industrial/commercial products as part of the cultural changes that the 50s ushered in.
Like Martin Boyd pottery- examples of which have been previously posted- Studio Anna specialised in hand-painted ‘Australiana’ themes. Flora and fauna and local iconic sites were depicted – I have several Studio Anna pieces that feature local hotels [oh! the 50s glamour!] as they were sold as souvenirware.
Here we have wall plates – featuring the lovely cities of Adelaide and Albury. And Moree is featured on the salt and pepper shakers. Wall plates are definetly a lost art form- you don’t find ceramic artists making them any more. These two are made with specialist hanging apparatus built into the backplate.
For Studio Anna collectors- or those considering collection- this would make a nice gift. The set of wall plates and s&p shakers are for sale: $AU80
Studio Anna ‘Pincushion Hakea’ plate
made in Sydney, Australia 1950s
I am particularly drawn to kitsch pottery that has landscape or botanical images…so Studio Anna art pottery from the 50s is right up my street! I have posted Studio Anna pottery previously- you might remember that it was situated right near where I now live, in inner-Sydney.
Studio Anna started producing souvenir ware and art pottery in 1953, eventually closing in 1999. They produced a huge range of handpainted ceramics featuring landscapes, landmarks, flora, fauna and aboriginal motifs. I have in my collection – and have posted on this blog- examples of almost all their work.
This plate with its inscribed in white cursive text on the lower right ‘Pincushion Hakea’ [Hakea laurina, fyi, a native of Western Australia] is rare and unusual in that the background is a stippled pink- normally the background to the image was a flat-glazed colour. The short-lived [and thus rare] stippling period is supposed by many authorities to be a reaction to other competing 50s art potters – who all used the flat colour background in their work.
The other unusual- rare- thing about this plate is its form: it is unusually large, and sits on four ceramic legs made integral with the back of the plate. These little legs don’t normally survive but this larger plate- with its proportionally larger legs has. The plate is in excellent condition – it could have been made yesterday.
The rare and unusual Studio Anna plate is for sale: $AUD90