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

30s vases [sold]

McCredie vasesMcCredie vases
made in Sydney, Australia 1930s

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 made vases and domestic ware – often with this distinctive white matt outer glaze and a contrasting coloured shiny interior glaze. The forms were simple and strong, quite different to a lot of 30s and 40s pottery- and often with the ‘ribs’ seen on these vases.

I’ve styled the vases with Waratah and Gerbras- the single colour flower looks fantastic with the monochrome vase. As with all her pottery, the vases are hand-signed on the base: ‘McCredie N.S.W.’

The two vases are for sale: $AUD150

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