By Valerie Ringer Monk. In the late 1930’s Tom Clark, barely in his early 20’s, began making porcelain tiles and electrical fittings alongside his family’s brick and pipe works in New Lynn. By 1970 Crown Lynn was the biggest pottery in the southern hemisphere, with 500 staff turning out 15 million pieces of china each year. ‘Crown Lynn’ is enriched by detailed research, including interviews with the late Sir Tom Clark and other Crown Lynn staff. It features photographs of Crown Lynn products, a comprehensive timeline and an illustrated catalogue of backstamps.
I have a huge collection of Crown Lynn (I feel a bit guilty about taking it out of NZ to Australia, but promise to bring it home one day). I only really like the whiteware vases and plant holders, but i would love a simple dinner-set or collection of NZ Railway cups to add to my collection on day.
This book is available from the Eon Design Centre for NZ$45. If any of my kiwi mates are feeling generous this would make an awesome gift.