Crown Lynn Swans and Family Connections

Crown Lynn pottery has acquired an iconic status in New Zealand, and most Kiwi families have a piece somewhere among the treasured family heirlooms.  During the restrictions imposed because of WWII only utilitarian items could be produced, so Crown Lynn combined beautiful ornaments with practicality and called them vases.  Many of these are now highly collectable.

My parents both worked at Crown Lynn for a time in the early 1950s, and when they married they received many gifts of Crown Lynn pottery.  These became loved items for me as a child.  I am exploring symbols of tradition and memory in my paintings, and to me Swans are symbolic of a long loving relationship, and my own collection of Crown Lynn is a very tangible connection with my heritage, family connections, traditions and memories.

I’m producing a series of explorations of the forms, some abstracted, some representational, suggesting distance in time and memory.  These works are 200mm Tondo, Charcoal on Hahnemuhle Paper, marouflaged on board – part of the Group Show: Works on Paper at Railway Street Studios for the next couple of weeks.

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Railway Street Studios

Railway Street Studios is up and running.  It’s an artist-run studio gallery in Newmarket, Auckland,  with ten artists painting and exhibiting on site.  Railway Street Studios is on Facebook, just click on the link in “Galleries” above to check it out or sign up for updates.

Ruth Phipps and Sarah Dwyer

Ruth Phipps (on left) and Sarah Dwyer