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Terra Ceramics Australia from Ernie Cooper

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Terra Ceramics Australia from Ernie Cooper

Post  Maryr on Sat 2 Sep - 14:26

Lovely Ernie Cooper, ex Crown Lynn, set up Terra Ceramics NZ.  Below is an email I received from him today.  

I was in Thirroul, south coast near Wollongong, yesterday and happened to pop into a second hand store and I found this piece “Comma plate” quite clearly early Terra Ceramics. It would have been produced in the Greenacre factory late 1950s early 1960s. Terra NZ never made this colour which is underglaze spray and clear glaze over the top. The mark underneath is a capital T with a small c through the vertical line of the T. It is followed by a 1, this would have been the fettler's mark. The piece is in excellent condition considering its age, no crazing at all. It's hard to see from the scan but the piece has been fired on stilts, the three stilt marks can be clearly seen, Terra NZ moved away from this type production early on in favour of a deeper foot which could be wiped clear of glaze. Hemara was the one who redesigned the moulds.

Ernie also sent me this reference site which gives a lot of the history in Oz and during the transition to NZ.

Here are the photos Ernie sent me of his 'comma plate'.

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