Sunday, 30 June 2013

Polka Dot Diana Ware

(Above photo courtesy of Heaths Old Wares in Bangalow.)

I have always loved those old polkadot mixing bowls. When I saw someone selling a set of Australian made Diana pottery bowls from the 1950's for $25 I had to make them mine. When I saw what they usually sell for (up to $100 for one!) I knew I'd made the right decision. 
Diana pottery didn’t start the 50s trend for spots – but it certainly continued it with gusto. During the period 1952-1957 all sorts of domestic ware was glazed with a single strong 50s blue, yellow or pink background with white dots. Spotted pottery is now popularly identified with the 50s, and it is getting increasingly harder to find. 







Here's a little more history on the Diana lable......

The Diana Pottery Pty Ltd operated at Marrickville, New South Wales from 1941 to 1966, and was the most important Australian ceramics manufacturer during this period

Established during World War II, the Diana Pottery produced wares to assist the war effort, including cups and mugs for Navy and munitions canteens, along with tea pots and milk jugs.

At the cessation of World War II, the pottery diversified and commercialised its output to include a large variety of slip cast vases in many colours, shapes and sizes, book ends, animal figures, table ware, utility and kitchen ware. Over the life of the pottery, over 200 different shapes were produced.

By the early 1950s the company had more than 70 employees and were producing a large range of hand painted articles which included "Waltzing Matilda" musical mugs and jugs, and produced bright "gumnut" pots with pale green and brown glazes.

The musical mugs and jugs played when lifted, and the movements were expensive and difficult to obtain, being imported from Switzerland, so many mugs and jugs that should have had movements were sold without at reduced prices.

In the 1960s Diana diversified their range further into decorated oven and kitchen ware, hand painted with maple, poinsettia, cornflower, blackberry, wattle and flannel flower designs.

During this period Diana Pottery made a variety of slip cast vases that were glazed in bright colours, or sprayed with a cream glaze creating a speckled texture. These were marketed under the name 'Hollywood'.

Also in the 1960's, a variety of small slip cast vases hand decorated in gold were made for a gift shop in the Imperial Arcade Sydney which were marketed u under the name 'Imperial'.

There was a burgeoning of Australian pottery in the 1960s and 70s. The most important manufacturer from this period was Diana, Diana produced bright "gumnut" pots with pale green and brown glaze.

Diana Pottery marks include hand signed "Diana Australia"; an impressed "Diana" enclosed in a circle; "Diana Australia" with an imprint of the "Huntress" and stickers reading "Diana Made in Australia". Those marketed under then name "Hollywood" have a stamp and/or a paper label.

20 comments:

  1. I love those bowls and have never seen them before. The other day I saw some contemporary ones in a department store but the colours were a lot harsher.

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  2. bargain! omg they are so pretty!

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  3. gorgeous! and quite a find, loved reading the Diana history

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  4. So pretty! What lovely colours.
    Are they a little birthday present to yourself, Leisa...?! xxxxxx

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  5. Love them, go you for such a great bargain!

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  6. They are very lovely, especially love the colours. It's all new to me so thanks for all the history, all very interesting!! Xoxoxo

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  7. My first style icon was a neighbour of my Mum's best friend who lived in Marrickville.........
    LOVE these spotty bowls, but didn't know a thing about them! Cheers!
    If I ever "spot" any i will be very excited! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  8. Oh wow! $25! That's a great buy. love the colours, they are just perfect. Its nice to read more about the history too, take care, Tam x

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  9. Happy Birthday lovely lady. Hope you got spoilt and had a fab day. Realise I am a couple of hours late for the event! Much love xoxo

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  10. Those are fantastic! I would have snapped them up too.
    Thanks for the info!

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  11. What a wonderful part of Australian pottery history. Love it!

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  12. What an interesting read! Those bowls are so pretty! x

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  13. You always have some amazing finds. I love the polka dot bowls. Too bad I'm so clumsy and have to be careful with glassware.

    By the way I nominated you for a Liebster Award. Be sure to check out my blog for details.

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  14. Wow a great find, cute and practical...the perfect thrift. I have never seen or heard of this pottery so great to learn something new.

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  15. How interesting, and, omg those bowls are just beautiful-polka dots plus that lovely old ceramic bowl glaze look and colours, wonderful x

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  16. They're so pretty! You are so lucky to have got them for such a great price! xx

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  17. What a great find for such a amazing price too! Lucky you!

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  18. I have the three bowls and the three jugs which were my Grandmother's which makes them even more special! :) Thanks for this info!!

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