Hanstan coffee pot

Hanstan coffee pot & mugs
made in Australia, 1970s

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Hanstan collectors will know that the pottery is always two-tone: either matt white and mission brown, or 70s orange and misson brown. The brown part of the pottery is rough glazed to contrast with the smooth slip glaze of the other colour.

The coffee pot, collectors will also know – is now quite rare and hard to find. I have had the mugs and the matching sugar bowl for some time, and the coffee pot, completing the set, has only just been found. All pieces are in excellent vintage condition; the coffee pot is completely unstained and looks like it’s never been used.

I also have examples of Hanstan white/brown pottery- spice jars and a salt pig – elsewhere on this blog.

The Hanstan coffee set is for sale: $AU125

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Hanstan salt pig

Retro salt pig, 70s, HanstanHanstan salt pig
made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s

I love the funky hand-inscribed 70s font of this ceramic salt pig. Salt Pigs have been a feature of kitchens since forever: the idea is that the open ‘mouth’ allows one to grab a handful of salt without having to undo a lid; and the ‘chimney’ on top allows moisture to escape so the salt doesn’t degrade.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the ‘Salt’ script was hand-incised, no two are the same. I also have a set of condiment jars that match the salt pig : Ginger, Allspice and Cloves [post below.]

The colouring is a staple of the 70s -white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, the salt pig is for sale: $AUD45

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70s Kitchenalia

Hanstan spice jars & Terra Ceramics Leaf PlateHanstan ceramic spice jars, made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s
Terra Ceramics leaf platter, made in Australia c.1970

I love the funky 70s font of the spice names on these ceramic jars: Ginger, Allspice and Cloves. Originally the set would have been five [including Nutmeg and Bay Leaf] – but as you can see on Ebay, two, three or four-in-a-set also proliferate.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the spice names were hand-incised, no two are the same. I like to think that the ‘G’ in Ginger went off the edge because the maker was totally channeling the 70s when s/he was making/smoking it.

The white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half jars were a staple of the 70s. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [hence the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better. And the large cork stoppers –still in good air-tight-working condition- are also mission brown.

The Terra Ceramics 70s leaf platter was designed to serve three different condiments at a party. The leaf shape is quintessentially [although also abstractly] Australian. By the 70s we had figured out that Australiana stuff sold and could hold its own against UK and USA imports. So leaf-shapes- so ‘asymmetrical’ abounded.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, this set is for sale: $AUD75

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70s australiana kitchenalia

Hanstan spice jars & Terra Ceramics Leaf PlateHanstan ceramic spice jars, made in Victoria, Australia c. 1970s
Terra Ceramics leaf plate, made in Australia c.1970

I love the funky 70s font of the spice names on these ceramic jars: Ginger, Allspice and Cloves. Originally the set would have been five [including Nutmeg and Bay Leaf] – but as you can see on Ebay, two, three or four-in-a-set also proliferate.

Hanstan pottery was a collaboration between Hans Wright and Stan Burrage – hence Hanstan- that started in Victoria in 1962. The pottery continued to make domestic ware pottery well into the 1980s. Since the spice names were hand-incised, no two are the same. I like to think that the ‘G’ in Ginger went off the edge because the maker was totally channeling the 70s when s/he was making/smoking it.

The white slip glaze, with a textured brown lower half jars were a staple of the 70s. The white upper-part also came in a lurid orange [hence the ubiquitous mission brown/orange combination] but I like this set better. And the large cork stoppers –still in good air-tight-working condition- are also mission brown.

The Terra Ceramics leaf plate was designed to serve three different condiments at a party. The leaf shape is quintessentially [although also abstractly] Australian. By the 70s we figured out that Australiana stuff sold and could hold its own against UK and USA imports. Thereon gum leaf-shapes- so ‘asymmetrical’  abounded.

For the perfect 70s kitchen collection, this set is for sale: $AUD85

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