Inside the Collection


Thancoupie (Thanakupi) the Potter (1937-2011)

May 16, 2011

Paul Donnelly
Dr. Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher AO, has sadly died after a long illness, aged 74, at Weipa Base Hospital on Cape York. Thancoupie (Thanakupi), as she was best known, was born in the small mission town of Napranum, near Weipa where she experienced a traditional childhood of hunting and travelling with her family in time with the seasons.

Shiga Shigeo (1928-2011)

February 15, 2011

Paul Donnelly
We note with sadness the passing last week of Shiga Shigeo, a great ceramic artist and teacher whose profound influence will doubtless survive through his students to future generations of Australian potters.

In Roman times: Colchester pottery

December 3, 2010

Paul Donnelly
This collection of Roman-British pottery was presented to the Sydney Technological Museum (as we were called at the time) in 1907 by the city of Colchester, England. I encountered it 103 years later when Paul Donnelly asked me to research some additional information for the museum’s database.