Friday, July 19, 2013

Studio Ceramics in Glen Eden, New Zealand--retro Crown Lynn, yet also so 'now.' Love it, buy it!!

Today I had the pleasure to be shown around the Studio Ceramics factory in Glen Eden. Phillpa was my friendly and passionate host. Phillpa and her partner, Ken took over this iconic New Zealand ceramics factory about two years ago. They have carved a place in the Newer Zealand pottery/ceramics scene that is second to none. You feel can the enthusiasm ooze from Phillpa as she shows you around the factory. I had no idea it was so big, even though the days when more than a thousand employees worked at the old Crown Lynn factory down the road in New Lynn are well and truly consigned to history, unfortunately. That is the price we pay for cheap, mainly Chinese imports. If we want to keep  firms like Studio Ceramics in NZ, then we have to meet the price. The quality of the products is of course way better with the NZ option.
Local clays are sourced for the production of the many items, some of which can be purchased from the shop at the front, for much discounted prices. Phillpa took us through the whole production cycle, telling us heaps about the different items being made. There is a strong accent on NZ themes and many of the old favourites, like the 'swans' and jugs are back in vogue. The newer designs are to die for, with vibrant colours and patterns. You can imagine me delight when I saw a flying duck. I never thought that they would reappear. I shall soon have  three gracing my walls, if I can get away with it.
One of the fun things one can do on an 'arranged' visit, is to decorate your own choice of product, be it a mug or one of the famous 'blasts from the past.' I can't wait to doing that.
Studio Ceramics is an institution that we must not let go the way of Crown Lynn. The oldies amongst us should go visit and tell people to buy these wonderful products. What better gift than an iconic New Zealand themed, New Zealand made example to give to your friends and family. Tell or visitors about them. They can also be purchased from a wide range of outlets now. Check out the site and enjoy the pictures I took. yes, I did purchase a range of items at very reasonable prices. I love Studio Ceramics.    Check it out people!
The shop at Studio
Ceramics--great selection

I know she wants one!
White ware---love them!
The clay goes in here and comes out for
the next stage, before processing into the huge range of products, like these!
And finishes like these.
Perdy stayed home to play 'dress-up.'


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