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Predicate Object 10 Feb 2014 2014-02-10T00:00:00.000Z 2014-02-10T00:00:00.000Z 2014.4.1 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2014.4.1 New Zealander/1. Aotearoa New Zealand terms 2014-02-10T00:00:00.000Z 7 2020-12-22T00:09:38.399Z 45 Temuka approached Jack Laird in 1971 to help revive their domestic pottery range where he designed the Riverstone range. It was this design range that made Temuka a household name in New Zealand. Millions of pieces were made and sold around the country. Restaurant chain Cobb & Co used the Riverstone series in their diners. Temuka Potteries started producing domesticware in the 1930s under Arthur Toplis when the company diversified from making insulators. Toplis was a skilled potter in his own right, and with the assistance of the works chemist, O. C. Stevens, ventured into domestic ceramics. Temuka Potteries was established out of National Electric and Engineering Co. (NEECO), in 1909 Temuka’s pottery is very durable, as they used knowledge and technology from making insulators and applied this to their domestic ranges. Temuka potteries are one of the very few remaining commercial companies still producing in New Zealand today. Jack Laird was born in England and in 1945 studied graphic design and illustration at the Chelsea School of Art. In 1959 he moved with his wife and Children to New Zealand to take up a lecturer’s position at Victoria University. 1964 saw the establishment of Waimea Potteries, near Nelson. The pottery soon established the first apprenticeship scheme. Royce McGlashen was the first of many students to graduate from Waimea Potteries. Predominantly Closed coffee pot, creamer, four coffee cups, teaspoon holder Riverstone coffee set
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