David Boyd (1924-2011)

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92/1446 Earthenware bowl by David and Hermia Boyd, Melbourne , 1955. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

David Boyd died aged 87 on November 10 2011.

Born into the Boyd family, who have been renowned for their artistic talents, David Boyd was a painter but was known for his ceramics, learning originally from his father Merric Boyd.
Working with his wife Hermia (1931-2000), during the 1950s they had a prolific period producing ceramics, running studios, exhibiting widely and travelling and working in Italy England, Spain and France. In 1956, Boyd and his wife became widely known as leading Australian potters. They introduced new glazing techniques and potter’s wheel use in shaping sculptural figures. The Museum is fortunate to have a small collection of David and Hermia’s earthen and stoneware work.

92/1573 Vase, earthenware, David and Hermia Boyd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1956 Collection: Powerhouse Museum
92/1573 Vase, earthenware, David and Hermia Boyd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1956 Collection: Powerhouse Museum

From 1967 no more pots were made, David continued painting and Hermia with sculpture.

Reference
The Crafts Movement in Australia: A History by Grace Cochrane
University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1992

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