Among Crown Lynn enthusiasts there's a lot of interest in trickle glazed items - mainly vases and animal figurines. The trickle glazing technique was first used at Ambrico (before it became Crown Lynn) in the late 1930s and refined through the 1940s. A single colour of glaze was applied to an item - eg this vase below. Then another colour was applied - as you can see, it was sort of slopped on. Sometimes another colour was added. The effects are often quite lovely.
This (above) is a vase from my collection. It is about 16 cm tall.
This is another from my collection. It too is trickle glazed, and it's about 16 cm tall. It is a very common Crown Lynn/Ambrico shape. There is usually a mark on the base of these vases, but not always. The base of my brown vase looks like this:
The small circular mark says 'Made in N.Z' which was an early stamp used by Ambrico. I will go into more detail about marks in a couple of weeks. (I have a new camera and I have to get it organised before I can take the necessary photos!)
Trickle glazing was used a great deal from the early 1940s until around 1948, which is 60+ years ago. At that time, they didn't have the skills or the materials to use other 'English style' types of decoration - eg applying coloured transfers, painting on gold lines etc. So they made use of the skills and materials they had, to create some truly beautiful and idiosyncratic ornaments.
These early trickle glazed items are sought after, especially the more elegant shapes with lively colours. Below is a photo (rather poor quality I am afraid) which gives an indication of the range of shapes and colours around.
There are some brilliant websites which add enormously to our knowledge of Crown Lynn and other NZ pottery. One can only be grateful to the the people who set up and maintain these sites, and the enthusiasts who so generously share their knowledge on them. Try these:
Trickle glaze techniques were used after the 1940s - eg this 1970s mug which I featured earlier has a trickle glaze top. However these later examples are not as collectible as the earlier vases and figurines.
More soon... I try to update once a week.