Last week we went to Napier and back via Gisborne and the Waioeka Gorge. It was lovely to be back on the road in our bus. This is the most interesting thing we found - a very unusual Titianware jug from the days when it was owned by Crown Lynn. It has an unusual pattern or maybe a logo on the side - no idea what it is. I was certain we had a new shape for the NZ Pottery website but no, it's already there! On this page of the treasure trove of shapes on this site.
this is the link to the NZ Pottery selection of egg cups. Well worth a look.
Next boohoo story was this shop in Gisborne - closed on Monday, closed on Tuesday. Oddly enough George didn't want to wait around to see if it opened on Wednesday. In the front window there were some bulldog eggcups - nice colours:
There was also a lovely Pania of the Reef - maker unknown but almost certainly NZ. Ah well... if you're ever in Gisborne take a look at A1 Mart - it's on the main street at the top end of town. You never know, it might be open.
On the plus side I did find this lovely lovely vase - 1940s Crown Lynn, $2 at the Sallies shop, spotted at the last minute. An enchanting mix of deep maroon and bright blue. They must have my book at that shop because all the Crown Lynn dinnerware was stacked together and not cheap - $15 and more per plate.
here is a vase from the NZ Pottery site.
One last thought - now Crown Lynn is so popular and no longer at bargain prices, it might be time to look at other NZ potteries. This lovely Temuka fruit bowl is about 35-40 cm across and in immaculate condition. And only six dollars! The base had an odd little number instead of the usual Temuka mark. I left it behind, with regret. (No I don't have a disorder... truly!)