Cone Ten Down: Studio Pottery in New Zealand, 1945-1980

Author(s): Moyra Elliott

New Zealand | Craft

In the 1960s and 70s not only did potters flourish around the country but it seems that everyone's mum was producing mugs and bowls at night class. This phenomenon was part of a particualr philosophy of pottery - local materials and natural-looking forms, glazes and designs. All those small brown pots are now highly collectible and sought-after in op shops, second hand stores and, increasingly, at auction. Why did this style of pottery reach such heights in New Zealand? Who were the crafts people and what is the value of their work today? With over 100 photos especially taken for the book and photographs of leading potter's marks, this will be an invaluable book to the collector. Many 'characters' from that era featured in the book are still active in arts today, including Hamish Keith, Len Castle, Barry Brickell; and author Damian Skinner is particularly high-profile, with a number of major art publications out in the last couple of years.


Product Information

Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Book Awards: General Non-Fiction 2010.

With more than thirty years experience in the ceramics field, Moyra Elliott brings to her writing a background as a maker, an educator at tertiary level, a public gallery curator and seven years as Director for the Fletcher Challenge Award. She continues to work in the field - as a contributor to a variety of journals and magazines, a consultant for institutions and a speaker at conferences. Dr Damian Skinner is an art historian and curator based in Gisborne. He is interested in twentieth century New Zealand art and craft, and he has worked with a number of galleries and museums around the country. His most recent books are The Carver and the Artist: Maori Art in the Twentieth Century (AUP) and Alan Prest on: Between Tides (Godwit).

General Fields

  • : 9781869537319
  • : David Bateman
  • : David Bateman
  • : June 2009
  • : 252mm X 190mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Moyra Elliott
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 184
  • : photographs