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Post  Ev Sat 14 Feb - 18:12

Elizabeth Matheson was another early New Zealand studio potter.
She used the name Paka Pottery for the work that she made.
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Post  Ev Thu 26 Mar - 12:06

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I wonder what the bottom symbols mean.... hope to find out sometime.
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Post  Ev Mon 20 Apr - 9:52

I noticed in the Potters Marks book a PAKA mark attributed to Briar Gardner......?
It does have a printed BG on this mark.
There is also a PAKA mark attributed to Elizabeth Matheson.
After searching the net for ages I couldn't come up with a connection -
so I asked Tim Caulton if he could shed any light on the matter.
His reply was that he thought PAKA was Elizabeth Matheson and suggested that I contact Lynda Harris who curated an exhibition for Olive Jones, Briar Gardner, Elizabeth Lissamen and Elizabeth Matheson several years ago. I await Lynda's reply.
I have asked one of the people who put the Potters Marks book together about it
and their response was that three women worked at PAKA Pottery ....
Elizabeth Matheson, Briar Gardner and someone else.
Does anyone have any more info please?
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Post  Ev Wed 20 May - 8:00

Thanks to TonyK, there is a reference on the net regarding the partnership of Olive Jones and Elizabeth Matheson taking part in the Centennial Exhibition under the name PAKA which was from The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 11 February 1, 1940.

I asked the person who put the mark of PAKA with the reference to Briar Gardener into the marks book, where she got her information from. Her response was that she had read it years ago and couldn't give me any reference so that I could check it out. The photo in the Marks book has BG on the base markings.

Another piece of PAKA has been on Trademe with the initials CB on the base .... the pot has a blue glaze.
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Post  Kat & Co. Sat 13 Jan - 12:48

Cute 7cmh Jug dated 1969  Cool
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Post  goodjelly Tue 8 May - 23:34

Elizabeth Matheson potted in Havelock North for a while (in the 30s? 40s?) and the Napier Museum and Art Gallery (MTG) had a mini exhibition a year or two back showing some of her work.  They may be able to shed some light on the mark on the bottom of her pots.  I don't know who curated that exhibition. But they may also know more about her studio in Wellington.
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Post  Ev Wed 9 May - 8:14

Thanks goodjelly, hopefully one day we will know what the cryptic letters and dots mean, but as far as I know there is only speculation and nothing confirmed to date.
It is most likely to do with the glazes used, but this still remains to be seen.
We have been collecting her base marks on Pinterest hoping that something will show up.

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