McCredie vases, jugs, pin dish [sold]

McCredie pottery, Australia, 1940sMcCredie vases & jugs
made in Sydney Australia, 1930s-1940s

Following on from my last post, here is a selection of McCredie vases, jugs and a pin dish in the more usually-found white outer glaze and green interior colourway.

Observant readers of my blog [and I know you are out there!] will recall that I have also posted larger white/green vases – which look fantastic in a contemporary white interior – the off-white tones used by Nell McCredie seem to complement modern day paint schemes. I teamed these larger vases with Waratahs and bright crimson Gerbras- the vibrant colours look fantastic in the simple forms and colours of these 30s and 40s vases.

This selection of McCredie is now for sale; I am reluctantly parting with my collection as we have to move house- these eight pieces are all in excellent vintage condition and are for sale: $AUD125

McCredie vases [sold]

McCredie vasesMcCredie ‘flower’ vases
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s-40s

Nell McCredie was an architect before she opened her pottery studio in Epping, Sydney in 1932 to make fine art pottery by hand. McCredie continued to produce pottery right up to her death in 1968, and she was interested in art and design in all her work – as she said:

“Pottery-making is definitely an art inasmuch as the design is a purely individual thing. The technique of moulding is mechanical but the conception and execution of a design is an art -a fascinating art.” [Where Pottery is made by Hand, SMH, Oct 20 1936.]

McCredie pottery made vases and domestic ware – often a distinctive matt outer glaze as seen in this image -and a contrasting coloured shiny interior glaze. The forms were simple and strong, quite different to a lot of 30s and 40s pottery- employing what might be termed ‘architectural’ or structural forms.

This selection of small ‘flower’ shaped vases evidences the variety of colours that can be found on McCredie vases. As with all her pottery, the vase is hand signed on the base: McCredie N.S.W.

The McCredie ‘flower’ vases are for sale: $AUD150

International Womens Day

Mc Credie vasesMcCredie pieces
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s

I am a big fan of Nell McCredie- she was one of the first women to become an architect in Australia and after designing a number of buildings she turned her hand to art pottery. Nell opened a pottery studio in Epping, Sydney in 1932 to make fine art pottery by hand. All of her pottery pieces have an architectural or structural quality quite different to the art deco shapes and arrangements that her contemporaries were making. She presaged the modernist movement by about twenty years.

McCredie continued to produce pottery right up to her death in 1968; she was interested in art and design in all her work – as she said:

“Pottery-making is definitely an art inasmuch as the design is a purely individual thing. The technique of moulding is mechanical but the conception and execution of a design is an art -a fascinating art.” [Where Pottery is made by Hand, SMH, Oct 20 1936.]

McCredie pottery made vases and domestic ware – often with the distinctive white matt outer glaze as seen in this image -with a contrasting coloured shiny interior glaze. The larger vase seen here has an internal frog; and as with all her pottery, these pieces are hand-signed on the base: McCredie N.S.W.

Happy International Women’s Day- I salute you, Nell McCredie.

These pieces are for sale: $AUD85

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Australian pottery history [sold]

McCredie potteryMcCredie pottery
made in Sydney, Australia 1930-1940

Following from my last post, here are some more archetypal works from the Architect-turned-potter Nell McCredie.

Five pieces that evidence McCredie’s idiosyncratic matt white outer-glaze, with a cool green shiny inner glaze. The pieces are: [from back to front] – a gondola vase [with attached frog, as you’d expect]; a posey floating vase; two smaller ‘tulip’ vases and a pin dish [read ‘ashtray’ by a more acceptable name.]

Some of the pieces evidence internal crazing due to age…these pieces were all hand-made eighty years ago. As with all her work, McCredie’s pottery is hand signed on the base: ‘McCredie N.S.W.‘

These five pieces of Australian history are for sale: $AUD245

McCredie teapot [sold]

McCredie teapot, 1940sMcCredie teapot
made in Sydney, Australia c.1930s

I have posted McCredie pottery before- I collect McCredie due to her fine credentials: Nell McCredie was an architect before she opened her pottery studio in Sydney in 1932 to make fine art pottery by hand. She continued to produce pottery right up to her death in 1968, and she was a vocal advocate for her pottery being considered ‘fine art’.

McCredie pottery made vases and domestic ware – often with the distinctive pastel glaze as seen in this image. The forms are all simple and strong, quite different to the fussy forms of other 30s and 40s pottery.

Each piece is signed by hand- by Nell’s hand: “McCredie NSW.” That’s how to tell you have a genuine McCredie. Very few teapots have survived due to the fragile nature of the spout and lids –and this is reflected in the sale price. Since this image was taken I have added a matching cup and saucer to the set; let me know if you are interested in seeing/buying it as part of this collection.

This McCredie collection is for sale: $AUD175