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17 September 1993 —
17 October 1993

The Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show

Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show, 1993 (installation view).
Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show, 1993 (installation view).
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Dennis O
Bill McKay, Untitled, 1993 (installation view). Hand painted dinner set.
Carole Shepheard, Promise of Pleasure, 1993 (installation view), Transfers on dinner set.
Carole Shepheard, Promise of Pleasure, 1993 (detail). Transfers on dinner set.
Denys Watkins, Untitled. Set of dinner plates.
Dick Frizzell, Untitled dinner set, 1993 (installation view).
Fiona Pardington, Soap Dish, 1993 (detail).
Fiona Pardington, Dinner plate (1), 1993. Transfer and glaze. 255mm diameter.
Fiona Pardington, Soap Dishes, 1993 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott and Ralph Paine, Blue Grunge, 1993 (installation view).
Gavin Chilcott and Ralph Paine, Blue Grunge, 1993 (detail).
Gavin Chilcott and Ralph Paine, Untitled, 1993. Hand painted tall grecian vase.
Jane Zusters, Untitled, 1993. Hand painted and glazed dinner set.
Jane Zusters, Untitled, 1993 (detail). Hand painted and glazed dinner set.
John Reynolds,
John Reynolds,
John Reynolds,
Judy Millar, Untitled, 1993 (detail). Transfer and fluoro paint on glazed dinner set.
Judy Millar, Untitled, 1993 (installation view). Transfer and fluoro paint on glazed dinner set.
Malcolm Harrison, from the Euro Retro series, 1993 (installation view).
Paul Hartigan, Untitled, 1993 (detail).
Paul Hartigan, Untitled, 1993 (detail).
Paul Hartigan, Untitled vases, 1993 (installation view).
Philippa Blair, Crossing, 1993 (installation view). Hand painted dinner set.
Philippa Blair, Crossing, 1993 (detail). Hand painted dinner set.
Richard McWhannell, Nicholas, 1993. Hand painted and glazed dinner set.
Richard McWhannell, Untitled, 1993. Hand painted and glazed dinner set.
Rick Pearson, A culinary model of the universe, 1993 (installation view). Hand painted dinner set and mixed media.
Rick Pearson, A culinary model of the universe, 1993 (detail). Hand painted dinner set and mixed media.
Terry Stringer, Beholder, 1993 (detail). Transfer on glazed ceramic.
Terry Stringer, The Food Ritual, 1993 (detail). Transfer on glazed table plates.

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The Interior Design Guild was an Auckland-based organisation that was devoted to promoting applied designs and was a motivating force which sought to further develop Aotearoa New Zealand design. Sponsored by the Guild, The Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show included 17 Auckland-based artists who had the unique opportunity to create original hand-applied design or screen-print transfers of existing ceramic forms.

Since the turn of the century, within the arts and crafts movements there has been a tradition of famed artists, architects and designers who have turned their hands to the decorative arts, such as Vanessa Bell, Picasso, Clarice Cliff and Keith Murray. Through their designs they captured the spirit of the times, and likewise The Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show aimed to do the same, presenting a degree of innovation and continuity with earlier works of the artists. Not only did it function as a collaboration between commercial and artistic expertise but was also a response to a significant issue of the time which involved the Crown Lynn company.

Crown Lynn Company was recognised for its classic ‘kiwiana’ style of pottery and was a popular household feature in the 1960s. After successful government lobbying, the company moved its manufacturing premises to Southeast Asia and was met with harsh criticism from the public. This led to a resurgence of small studio companies filling this gap in the market. With renewed skill and under economic pressure they were able to also successfully mass-produce hand-decorated tableware.

Press

'Art for dinner', Howick & Pakuranga Times, 27-09-1993
'Art on a plate', Eastern Courier, 01-10-1993
'Menu of creative work', New Zealand Herald, 1993
'Surprises at the bottom of meal', Sunday Star, 03-10-1993
'Tactile plates', Style, no. 8, Summer 1993-1994
'The Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show,' New Zealand Potter, no. 3, 1993

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'The Studio Ceramics Dinner Service Show' exhibition card, 1993