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.
Merric Boyd (1888-1959) A cream and green moulded earthenware jug with large fronds issuing from the handle and palm tree to the background, inscribed and dated Merric Boyd 1936, restoration to lip 15.5 cm high
Merric Boyd (1888-1950), Victoria a bulbous form cylindrical earthenware jug with applied leaves and post and rail fence with a branch handle on a mottled blue ground incised Merric Boyd and dated 1944. 13 cm high
Merric Boyd (1888-1959), a mottled blue glazed earthenware vase with waisted neck, signed and dated M. Boyd 1928, 25 cm high; and a small grey glazed earthenware bowl by Merric Boyd (1888-1959), painted with a green tree, inscribed and dated Merric Boyd 19
William Merric Boyd (1888-1959) Victoria, circa 1924 sculpted as a group of two koalas resting on an ovoid plinth, glazed in a translucent blue, incised designed by M.Boyd 1924', with an applied paper label, the Melbourne book club Distinctive stationary t
Merric Boyd and Doris Boyd, a pottery landscape fruit bowl with applied koalas and windswept landscape farm scene, incised 'Fired by and coloured by Doris Boyd, Merrick Boyd koala Australian Native bear and gum trees'. Height 17 cm. Width 21 cm
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