Inside the Collection

Tag: Ceramics

Henry Parkes and the ‘crimson thread of kinship’

March 19, 2014

Debbie Rudder
In a speech to a Federation Conference banquet in 1890, Henry Parkes coined the term crimson thread of kinship to describe the ties that bound the Australian colonies. The reference was to shared Anglo-Celtic bloodlines, to the exclusion of Indigenous, Asian and other contributors to nation-building and the nation’s gene pool.

Summer cicadas

January 8, 2014

Lynne McNairn
Sydney is currently enjoying a bumper cicada season. To me, these insects are a potent sound of summer and I enjoy their strident chorus building to a crescendo and then tapering off; the volume increasing with the heat.

Marea Gazzard, AO, CBA (1928- 2013)

October 30, 2013

Anni Turnbull
The Powerhouse Museum, along with many others in the fields of visual arts and crafts, was sad to hear of the death of Marea Gazzard, on 28th October, 2013. Marea Gazzard was an important figure in the chronology of Australian postwar ceramics, both as a significant and influential innovator in her own work and also in her support of the Australian crafts movement.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott (1935-2013)

July 24, 2013

Paul Donnelly
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was one of Australia's most illustrious studio ceramicists whose fine skill and cerebral approach to her art will be greatly missed. After a 1960s to 70s repertoire of stone ware, from the 1980s Gwyn became famous for her fine and translucent porcelain forms - bottles, bowls and teapots - deceptively simple but actually requiring great technical skill and firing control.

Archaeology Week- ‘Pompeii of the north’ in Powerhouse’s Guildhall Collection

May 20, 2013

Paul Donnelly
There is currently great excitement in London as evidence of Roman lives - wonderfully preserved in the London mud - are being extracted by archaeologists. Among the material are hundreds of Roman shoes, jewellery, waxed wooden writing tablets with their writing styli, jewellery, cosmetic tools, part of the Temple of Mithras and of course, pottery galore.

Farewell to curator, Christina Sumner, OAM

February 4, 2013

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
On the eve of of Christina Sumner's departure we asked her a few questions about her experiences at the Museum over the last 28 years. What have you enjoyed the most about working in the Museum? Always always always it's been the people and the collection.

Henry Parkes, Father of Australian Federation

January 23, 2013

Geoff Barker
Sir Henry Parkes was one of Australia's more significant politicians and journalists and the Museum's collection of objects relating to him is a varied one. It includes objects representative of his years as a manufacturer of domesticware, toys and turned wood and ivory articles.

Rare Doulton dessert plate painted by Louis Bilton with Australian wildflowers

October 3, 2012

Lynne McNairn
This beautiful dessert plate from the collection features a plant common in Sydney bushland but unusual as a subject for china painting. The plant is the Fringe Myrtle or Calytrix tetragona. Waratahs, Flannel Flowers, Christmas Bells, Wattle and Gum Leaves are frequent subjects but the Fringe Myrtle has not attracted many artists to its cause.