History Matters || Pottery from the past

Collector's items: One of the cases with Beatrix Potter figures and just some of the platypus collection.
Collector's items: One of the cases with Beatrix Potter figures and just some of the platypus collection.

The initial Collector's Corner exhibition featuring a selection of Jock Robinson's eclectic collection of pottery opens at 2pm at our Land of the Beardies Museum, Sunday 17 November.

Artists and sculptors - Nell McCredie, Brownie Downing, William Ricketts, Alexander Takacs, Darbyshire (WA) pottery, Beswick Pottery (Beatrix Potter figures), Herend Porcelain Manufacturing (platypus), and more.

Nellie (Nell) McCredie (1901 -1968)

McCredie was an Australian architect and potter and member of a leading architectural family with associations in Queensland and NSW. She studied pottery in Brisbane and returned to Sydney in 1932 where she set up a commercial pottery at Epping with her younger brother Robert Reginald (Bob) McCredie.

She exhibited actively with the NSW Society of Arts and Crafts into the 1950s and in 1951 won the Society's Elizabeth Soderberg Memorial Award for pottery.

Viola Edith Brownie Downing (1924 -1995). Brownie Downing worked as a commercial artist, drawing children's fashion from 1942. In 1947 she started an arts course at Julian Ashton's art school.

During the 1950s and early 1960s she designed, illustrated and authored a large variety of children's books, stocking dolls, wall plaques and other pottery items depicting Tinka, an aboriginal child and his bushland friends. Tinka and His Friends published in 1960 sold over 60,000 copies.

William Ricketts, Victoria (1898 -1993)

Born in Richmond Victoria, William Ricketts was an Australian potter and sculptor of the Arts and Crafts movement. Although not trained as a potter, the power of his vision of a modern Australia that embraces Aboriginal spirituality and respect for the natural world was his general message.

From 1949 to 1960 he made frequent trips into Central Australia to live with the Pitjantjatara and Arrernte Aboriginal Australians, whose traditions and culture inspired his sculpture.

Sunday 17 November 2-4pm Exhibition Opening with drinks and nibbles. All welcome.