June Dyson

Started Dyson Studio in 1945 at Black Rock, Melbourne, wholesaling to Myer, David Jones and George’s department stores.

June Dyson trained at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology under Jack Bernard Knight.

In 1959, due to council restrictions, Dyson Studio moved to Gembrook with a shop onsite and continued in business at Gembrook until 1986.

The pottery used a range of incised marks in its two locations, mostly with Dyson in the name. These are documented in Geoff Ford’s Encylopedia of Australian Potters’ Marks.

ramekin incised “Dyson Australia”

Her son, Robert showed interest in the pottery, helping out in her studios from his early twenties. He began working on his own as a potter in 1979 and the successful Robert Gordon Pottery continues today near Pakenham.

Retro ramekins

Harlequin colours were popular for mid century ceramics

The overriding principle was ceramics should have “…the simplicity of a beautiful colour on a well studied form”.

Slip cast with harlequin interiors, these ramekins have external crazing consistent with age.

A short lived pottery, starting up around 1957 in Park Road Cheltenham, Victoria, the signature “Poole” is incised, but not clear on most pieces.

A new trend shortly after World War II and remaining popular until the 1960s, mid-century style and furniture is characterised by rounded shapes that are inspired by the natural world and simple designs that are functional for the home.

Both functional and fun, Mid-Century dinnerware could be the perfect collectible. With patterns boasting eye catching colours and clever inspired themes, these dishes can be as cool to use in your home as they are to hunt down affordably at estate sales and thrift shops.

Mid-century modern is a style that is timeless and sleek. Heavily influenced by the design concept that ‘form follows function’ mid-century homes and furniture are often characterised by their practical designs and beautiful craftsmanship.

The key to getting it right in your own home is by carefully balancing your mid-century inspired furniture with contemporary interior trends.

Charles Wilton

Australian Pottery Comport Bowl by Charles Wilton, 7 cm high.

Charles Wilton (1916-2000) was born in Glasgow, Scotland and came to Melbourne as a boy in 1922. He studied ceramics at the Melbourne Technical College, then spent four years working with Eric Juckert in his studio in Caulfield before setting up his own studio in Croydon in 1940. After serving in the Air Force from 1942-1946, he returned to Croydon but moved to Warrandyte the following year.

In 1958, he was one of the founding members of the Potters’ Cottage at Warrandyte, with Artur Halpern, Reg Preston, Phyl Dunn and Gus McLaren. He continued working into his seventies, eventually retiring in 1992. His work is incised ‘Charles wilton’ or ‘C. Wilton’. An obituary by Gary Prince and Ken Lawrence was published in Ceramics Technical, no.23, Nov 2006-Apr 2007: 98-100.

Potters Cottage was a co-operative founded in Warrandyte in 1958 for the purpose of advocating the idea of making and selling handmade Australian pottery. The potters produced beautiful, functional studio pottery with attention to shape, decoration and glaze, bringing ancient craft together with the modern. Whilst they shared certain principles in their work, the distinctive style and individuality of each artist is strongly evident. Their shared idealistic belief that modern, handmade pottery could enhance the quality of contemporary life was central to their philosophy.

Charles Wilton throwing a vase


Mid Century Hanstan Pottery Ramekin Bowls with Thumb Handle

Hans Wright and Stan Burrage started a pottery in 1962 at Springvale, Victoria. Both had previously worked as salesmen. Hans had completed an art course at Melbourne Technical College, now RMIT University. Work was marked ‘Hanstan’ or ‘Hanstan Studio’ (incised).

A gift shop in Beaumaris sold Hanstan pottery, which was very
popular in the early 60’s.

These ramekins are Raw Sienna, one of the brown pigments most widely used by artists, since the Renaissance. This natural iron pigment takes its name from Sienna, where it was mined. Along with ochre and umber, it was one of the first pigments to be used by humans, and is found in many cave paintings.

After the partnership was dissolved in 1964, Hans and his wife Patricia continued the pottery at an industrial site on the Mornington Peninsula until well into the 1980s. Hanstan was on wedding lists in the 1970s.

David Jones ad in the Sydney Morning Herald, Sunday, April 29, 1984, p. 41 for “Hanstan black and white pottery canisters. Decorative or practical, with big cork stoppers. Choose one or a set for Mum’s benchtop storage. Six sizes from $9.95”

Hans Wright became Australia’s first international medalist (bronze) in the FITA World target championships in 1969 and was still competing at the 2002 World Masters Games.

Hans is a member of the Australian Archery Hall of Fame and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1979 for services to the sport of Archery. He joined the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) in 2009 as national coach, sharing his knowledge of the sport with participating school children. As national coach for NASP, he worked alongside teachers to improve their archery coaching skills and with the students in the program to help improve their technique.

NASP is sweeping the globe as a program targeted at students in years 4 – 12 that promotes the importance of education and physical activity. Originally launched in the United States, the concept has been rolled out in schools around Australia.

Martin Boyd

This pottery is instantly recognisable from the edge band of unglazed pottery, that always separates the two toned pieces. All Martin Boyd pottery was made [and signed] by hand, so there is a slight variation between any pieces in a set.

Guy Martin Boyd (1923-1988) was born in Murrumbeena, Victoria, where he learnt to make pottery as a child in the studio of his father Merric Boyd.

Guy trained as a sculptor at the East Sydney Technical College. In 1946, to help fund his studies, he set up the Martin Boyd Pottery in Cremorne with partners Norma and Leonard Flegg. In 1951, he sold his share of the pottery to Leonard’s brother Ronald and returned to Melbourne, setting up the Guy Boyd Pottery in Bentleigh in 1952. He and his wife Phyllis operated the pottery until 1964.

The Boyds are a famous Australian family of artists. Merric studied pottery at the Wedgwood Pottery and returned in 1919 to Murrumbeena, where he applied many of the techniques he had acquired in England. His pottery became highly popular. He held exhibitions and pottery demonstrations in Melbourne, and sold his pots through city stores such as Georges. He was described in one newspaper article as ‘The King of Melbourne Potters’.

Market Garden

Herend “Bouquet de Fruits Necker”

Hand painted with different fruits, mushrooms and other vegetables, flowers and insects with gilt highlights and textured white border surface.

Since its introduction in the 1860s this pattern, with its beautiful hand-painted compositions, has been favored by many Royal houses. Czar Nicholas II of the Imperial Court of Russia ordered a set after admiring its display at the World Exhibition of 1900.


Collectors often call this pattern ‘Fruits and Flowers’. Some halved and some whole, the yellow, green and red-skinned apples, pears, pomegranates and figs are surrounded by cherries, plums, gooseberries, redcurrants, raspberries, strawberries and flowers. There are smaller fruits and vegetables placed around the central group. The pattern comes in twelve different variants.

Herend blue mark used since 1949

Old Queen Victoria

The most famous classic Herend pattern since 1851.

Old Queen Victoria – Coffee / Espresso Cup and Saucer.
Herend fine china contains the followings:

1 pc – Coffee / Espresso Cup – vol 1 dl (3 OZ) 711-2-00 VICTORIA
1 pc – Saucer – diam 12 cm (4.75″D) 711-1-00 VICTORIA

Victoria Grande is a modern variant of the Queen Victoria pattern.

Victoria Grande Coffee Cup and Saucer with Blue flower

Victoria Grande Coffee Cup 2 dl and Saucer 14 cm with Blue flower


Introduced in 1851 at the First World Exhibition in London, where it was awarded a gold medal from the jury and a commission from the person who gave her name to the pattern. Queen Victoria ordered a table service in the pattern for the Windsor Castle. This Chinese influenced pattern demands the skills of Herend’s most talented and experienced painters.

What is perhaps Herend’s most famous pattern is made up of almost a hundred kinds of stylized butterflies and springs of blossom, painted in cheerful and lively colours. The combination of red, blue, purple, yellow and green butterflies, flowers and sprigs makes a cavalcade for the green of a meadow.

In Chinese tradition Butterflies represent Immortality, since Taoism regards Wings as the expression of Eternity. The adorned Wings and Beauty of the magnificent Butterflies symbolize Grace, whereas their Flittering represents the development of the Soul. Both are perfectly complemented by the other decorative components on the VICTORIA pattern.

Founded in 1826, Herend Porcelain is one of the world’s largest ceramic factories, specializing in luxury hand painted and gilded porcelain. In the mid-19th century it was purveyor to the Habsburg Dynasty and aristocratic customers throughout Europe. Many of its classic patterns are still in production.

Fruits & Flowers

Since its introduction in the 1860s this pattern, with its beautiful compositions of fruits and flowers, has been favored by many royal houses. The Imperial Court of Russia ordered a set after its display at the World Exhibition of 1900.

There are a total of 12 different motifs of Fruits and Flowers in the center of the plates.  Herend is completely hand painted and the artist is given free license to choose the quantity, colors and placement of the small clusters which surround the center motif.  This ensures that no 2 pieces are ever identical and each is an individual work of art.

Royal Worcester

The Roanoke pattern was designed by C.B. Simmonds, who was Art Director at Royal Worcester in 1935. The pattern was first introduced during the austerity period in the 1940’s, when patterned china was produced only for export. It was named after a little river in Virginia and Roanoke was designed mainly for the American market.

The pattern was produced on Fine Bone China tableware in the fluted Warmstry shape body and has clusters of summer flowers on ivory ground, narrow edged with gold.


Every day and always

creators of the “original French tumbler”

The Picardie tumbler has become truly emblematic of French style, like the beret or striped sailor shirt. Its easily identifiable curved shape has often been cast in the feature films, where it has made countless appearances in post-war classics, during the Nouvelle Vague and in recent international successes like Skyfall, the latest James Bond.

The Duralex Picardie tumbler is perfect for many different kinds of drinks, including a cappuccino, fruit juice, or whisky.

Renowned for its chip resistance and durability, Duralex has been crafting tempered glassware that is stunning and resilient.