Learn about Boyd, Merric

Born in Melbourne in 1888, William Merric Boyd, known as Merric Boyd, a sculptor, first studied drawing at the Melbourne National Gallery School. After successful experiments in pottery he built a pottery at the family home at Murrumbeena, near Melbourne, and soon became recognised as Australia's first art potter. After a period with the Australian Flying Corps during World War I, he spent some time working in the Staffordshire Potteries in England and on his return to Australia consolidated his reputation as Australia's finest potter. He is still regarded as the 'father of Australian pottery'. Ill-health forced him to give up pottery in later life and he then concentrated on drawing. A book of his later drawings was published in 1975. William Merric Boyd died in 1959.

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William Merric Boyd. Large pottery jug mottled cream and blue glaze handle in the form of tree trunk Main body decorated with landscape design. Signed to base Merric Boyd (1946). Height 18.5 cms

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware jug with applied koala, incised Boyd 1923, 13.5 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware grape and leaf decorated jug, incised M Boyd 1923, 15 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A large glazed earthenware pear and leaf decorated branch handled jug, 23 cm high, Exhibited: Outer Circle: The Boyds and the Murrumbeena Artists, Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia 17 Oct 2014 – 1 Mar 2015

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware landscape incised branch handled jug, incised Merric Boyd, 1952, 23 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959), An early stoneware koala vase, incised Boyd, 16 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959) (potter) and Doris Boyd (1888-1960) (decorator). A glazed earthenware vase, incised Merric Boyd, decorated by Doris Boyd, 1932, 21 cm high, 15 cm diameter, Exhibited: Outer Circle: The Boyds and the Murrumbeena Arti

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A blue glazed earthenware fruit bowl with leaf decoration, incised Merric Boyd Fruit Bowl 1939, 21 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A blue glazed earthenware jug with tree decoration, incised Hand Craft Boyd 1920, 17.5 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959), Kangaroo 1950, pencil, signed, dated & titled lower centre Kangaroo Merric Boyd 1950, 24 x 17 cm

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware relief moulded tree jug, incised Merric Boyd 1935, 14.5 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A blue glazed earthenware jug decorated in high relief with apples and leaves, incised Merric Boyd 1936, 19 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A green glazed earthenware jug decorated in high relief with apples and leaves, incised Merric Boyd 1936, 15 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware landscape vase, incised Handcraft Boyd Australia 1935 also incised D. Boyd, 15 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A blue glazed eathenware jug modelled as a koala, incised designed by M Boyd, 1923, 18 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959), For Crufel Porcelain. A glazed bowl with relief decorated wind swept tree incised Merric Boyd, Crufel Porcelain, 1934, 11.5 cm high, 23 cm diameter

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware landscape decorated jug, incised Hand Craft Boyd, 1923, 14 cm high

William Merric (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959). A glazed earthenware decorated landscape jug, incised Merric Boyd 1931 Australian Gum Leaf & Seed Pods, 14 cm high

Merric Boyd (1888-1959), a koala jug, hand-modelled and underglaze painted windswept tree motif and with an applied koala figure, green glaze, incised Merric Boyd 1930 to base, 18 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959), a jug, glazed earthenware with hand -modelled and underglaze painted decoration of a windswept tree motif with a kookaburra and trunk shaped handle, incised Merric Boyd 1932, kookaburra to base, 14.5 cm high

Merric Boyd, (1888-1959) A Handbuilt pottery jug carved abstract bush scene with a stylised windswept branch handle, mottled green interior, incised Merric Boyd the bush jug 1947 to base, 12 cm high

Merric Boyd, (1888-1959) jug green glaze with applied gumnuts and leaves and stylized branch handle, 14.5 cm total height

Merric Boyd animal figures depicting a seated koala & one other animal with baby, paper work authentication from a Boyd family member. Condition fair to poor, some losses to both figures. Height of tallest 12 cm

Merric Boyd pottery vase, incised signature dated 1926 11.5 cm

Merric Boyd blue glazed gum leaf bowl incised Boyd 1922 to base, measures 17.7 cm diameter. Provenance: Gifted to the family by Merric Boyd

Merric Boyd ceramic koala vase signed dated 1915, measures 18.2 cm high. Provenance: the family were friends with the Boyd family and this koala vase was given as a gift in 1915 by Merric Boyd, and there is one in the Shepparton Art gallery, Victoria

Merric Boyd low bowl, 1934 of waisted cylindrical form, the body carved with a sweeping gumtree and entwined branches, underside incised 'Merric Boyd, 1935, colour by Doris Boyd;. Height 7 cm diameter 17 cm

A Merric Boyd jug 1945, the wheel thrown jug with an applied vine stem handle and applied leaves and grapes, having a thin blue glaze to the body, richer to the fruits and handle; inscribed signature and date underside. Height 18 cm

Merric Boyd koala jug with applied koala figure, tree trunk handle & a blue glaze windswept detail. Impressed signature & date to the base 'Merric Boyd 1921'. Height 20.5 cm

Merric Boyd (1888-1959), pottery vase, 1924 earthenware with hand painted black slip glaze in the decorated form of willow trees, hairline firing crack to base, inscribed 'Merric Boyd 1924'. Height 19.5 cm, diameter 16 cm

A Merric Boyd and Doris Boyd, pottery vase coloured by Doris Boyd, Merrick Boyd, ovoid form with koala and young the reverse with raised gum branches, signed and dated 1934. 17 cm high

Merric Boyd: Pottery bowl with applied gumnuts & leaves glazed in green, signed & dated 1930. Width 13 cm

Merric Boyd Green glazed pottery vase, incised signature dated 1929. 10 cm

Merric Boyd pottery vase with painted landscape scene, incised signature dated 1946. Height 5.5 cm, width 7.5 cm

Merric Boyd pottery vase, signed & dated 1924. Height 8.5 cm, width 12 cm

Merric Boyd Pottery vase with hand painted landscape scene, incised signature dated 1941. 10 cm

Australian pottery two handled vase by Merric Boyd, signed to base Boyd 22, height 13cm

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