As my brain is very forgetful these days, I will keep a list of Decorators as we come across them.
Te Toi Uku is helping and I've asked some ex-employees to help with their memories.
If anyone has any more names of decorators that worked at Crown Lynn, please add them to this topic.
Thanks to Tom Clark Jnr for assisting with names
Thanks to John Heap who has put me right on the terminology for this work and supplied many names
There were Hand Painters and there were girls who worked in the Deco Room putting on transfers and doing banding and lining.
Doris Bird - 1948 to ....
Mary Baillie - 1948 to until at least 1962 when was demonstrating at an Industrial Fair. (Mary went on to Titian Studio in 1963)(Mary also did guilding for
Hereford Fine China in Hamilton)
Frank Carpay - 1953 to 1956 Hand Painter extraordinaire!
Eileen Machin - 1959 to c1976 (She came from Johnson Brothers England and called herself a Paintress)
Maud Bowles hand painted the Italian sets that were given to the Managers when the place closed down c1989.
THE DECO ROOM - transfer application / lining and banding etc.
Maud Bowles - was head of the Deco Room and in charge of Handpainting and Lining.
Francis Wiki - was Leading Hand for Handpainting and Lining.
Joan Davis - 1940's to 1956
Louie Reeves - 1940's
Mrs Shufflebotham - (from a memory of Gina Bird)
Moeroa Brothers - ? to 1989 Leading Hand for Badging Department.
Bebe Cowdry - Deco Room
Rose Ogle - Deco Room
Freda Desai - Deco Room
Polly Hemara - Deco Room
Shirley Harrison - Deco Room
Winnie Primi - Deco Room
Julie Wellsford - Deco Room
Norma MacFarland - Deco Room
Alice Ngapera c1971
Barbara Ngapera c1971
Jane Ngapera c1971
Caroline Otene c1966
Susan Otene c1966
Mary Hobson (Raitu) Supervisor c1970
Dorren Davis-Coley - Backstamping
Chris ? operated the Badging Machine for years.
Evo Myatt - Transfer application
Many girls were employed to do slip banding on greenware, but this was not part of the Deco Room, it was attached to the Clay Forming area. (Courtesy of Tom Clark Jnr.)
Fleurette, Gina, Mardi Gras. Santa Barbara and Fiesta were decorated in the Deco Room in a Production line system, with each girl doing a different part of the pattern.
There were 3 electric kilns in the Deco Room that went non stop and were used for for firing the onglaze transfers at around 700* Celsius . Gold band / gold lines were fired onglaze at 500*C. as per John Heap.
Three Prouty kilns fired the glaze to around 950*C.
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