News from Richard Stratton over there in Denmark, at Guldagergaard, on the residency he won via the Portage Awards.

….life is very busy here at the moment. Many comings and goings. Paul Scott is in residence , working on a show for The Castle here. He is first, then is Justin Novak’s (my American fellow-Resident with whom I share accommodation) is coming up shortly .

Nina Hole is making one of her kiln/sculptures and is almost finished, it is going to fired by the end of the week.

Fred Olsen also popped in and helped me drink some good Danish beer. He, years ago, built a fabulous cross-draft wood kiln that is used by visiting potters a lot. It is a very large, good looking kiln that has produced some beautiful results.

As you can guess the network machine here is in high gear. It’s a great opportunity to meet all these people first hand, such a rare occasion in New Zealand.

Well, my own work has taken a dramatic shift , gone is the colour, the print, and the press moulded additions, 

I’m doing just monochromatic colour and carved forms. Its basis of influence is taken from my abode, the black and white flint nodules that litter the ground all around here and with the added mix of Vorticism for good measure. Wait and see!”

And we’ll do just that with great interest. This sounds like just what a good residency opportunity provides – good facilities, time away to really work on the work and opportunities to meet a cross-section of interesting artists and visiting professionals. Here are some of Richard’s images plus some of mine from previous visits…


The Olsen Kiln


The Olsen kiln


Richard’s room


Paul Scott work


Justin Novak work


The terribly famous Alfred University now offers glaze formulation online.

Open to students around the world. Everyone is welcome, especially undergraduate students from other schools who can take the course for transferable credit. That will not apply to we down here.
Taking place twice this summer. May 18-June 26 and June 29-August 7 2015


 Whanganui potter, Ross Mitchell-Anyon, who has been in hospital following a 12metre fall from a ladder, on April 21st, is ‘condition unchanged’ in Wellington Hospital.


 Sunday May 3rd was a memorial event for Peter Stichbury at the ASP in Onehunga. Diane and their three daughters were present as were some grandchildren and well over 100 from the ceramic community, so there was crowded standing room only at the back. It was a fine occasion with memorable talks from a variety of presenters and suitably rounded out with a performance by The Porcelaines.


The Portage Ceramic Trust Museum was opened last Saturday, 2nd May.   Called Te Toi Uku it is situated in Ambrico Place, New Lynn, near where the Crown Lynn factory was sited and a kiln has been preserved. It is home to an extensive collection of Crown Lynn ware and memorabilia. Crown Lynn grew during World War ll when no crockery could be imported. The company produced thousands of mugs and plates for the military and tableware for domestic use. Crown Lynn closed in 1989 blaming the combined effects of lost import protection, as well as trade union resistance to changes in working conditions and continuing losses.

Much of the current collection was made by the late Richard Quinn who was dismayed at the prospect of what was left of Crown Lynn, being buried by bulldozers under new building destined for the site. Beginning with swaps for beer with various workers from the site, after the doors closed and over 13 years, he went in many times and rescued moulds, shards, whole pieces, written records and recipes and bits of machinery. In the later years he dug over the site by night to source his ‘treasures’ carrying them back to his home in bundles on his back very often, as he did not own a car. To this is added a collection of ceramic-making and clay processing machinery held by the former Waitakere City Council.

Among the thousands of items in the Crown Lynn collection are the swans, in all shapes and sizes, the crockery the company designed and made for Bellamy’s restaurant in Parliament, its famous railway cups and saucers, and a limited edition collector’s mug made to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

It’s not open for public viewing at this stage but can be for research by appointment while much of what has been preserved is catalogued and can be accessed online via or


 The Nepal Earthquake.
Aussie ceramists Vipoo Srivilasa and Adriana Christianson have organised an online ceramic AUCTION and a BUY NOW STORE to raise funds for the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Both events OPEN on Friday 15 May at 6am AEST
Both events CLOSE on Sunday 17 May at 9pm AEST
All funds collected, less any event expenses (only eBay and Paypal fees), will be donated to Oxfam, Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal.

‘We have been overwhelmed by the generosity shown from artists around the world. However, we CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE DONATIONS of ceramic work. At the moment, the help we need most is in promoting the project and trying to get it out to the world in every way we can. If you could help us to promote the project, that would be fantastic. Please share our website’

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Thank you very much for your support.



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