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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Merric Boyd: vase with sgraffito bush landscape glazed in gray/green. Incised 'Merric Boyd. 1940 Australian Valley'. 12.5 cm. VG condition

Merric Boyd: Windswept abstract landscape vase glazed in green and blue. incised signature dated 1937. Height 11 cm. VG condition

Merric Boyd: vase glazed in blue with applied gumnut and leaves. Incised 'Hand Crafted 1920'. lovely early piece. 18 cm. VG condition

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 (1888-1959) A moulded gumleaf earthenware candlestick inscribed and dated Merric Boyd 1946 22 cm high

Merric Boyd (1888-1959) an olive and green glazed waisted earthenware vase inscribed and dated M. Boyd 1925 19 cm high

Merric Boyd. Pottery vase with all-over pale blue 2-tone glaze. Signed on base, dated 1923. 13.5 cm

Merric Boyd (1888-1959), green glazed pottery bowl, signed and dated 1927, 9.5 cm tall

Merric Boyd (1888-1959), hand painted vase, signed and dated 1938 (hairlines)

Small Merric Boyd (1888-1959), blue glazed vase with tree motif, two hairline cracks, 9.5 cm tall

Merric Boyd (1888-1950), cylindrical earthenware jug with applied trees and foliage and kangaroos on a mottled blue ground incised signed Merric Boyd and dated 1945. 17 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 (1888-1950), Victoria a cylindrical flared vase, moulded tree and foliage with branch handle, incised Merric Boyd and dated 1944. 12 cm high, 20 cm wide

Merric Boyd pottery jug, c. 1938 blue glazed body, applied branch, incised to base 'Merric Boyd, Australian gumtrees. Height 14.5 cm

Merric Boyd sleeve vase, c. 1938 grey blue and sage green relief decorated with trees and landscape, signed and dated. Height 14 cm

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

Australian Pottery Merric Boyd small bowl, tree decoration, signed M. Boyd hand craft 1925

Merric Boyd pottery vase with landscape decoration signed and dated 1941

Merric Boyd pottery jug with windswept tree handle and landscape decoration, signed and dated 1930

Merric Boyd koala jug, stoneware body brown glazed with green leaf signed and dated 1923

Merric Boyd, jug, signed and dated M Boyd 1937 to the base. Height 11 cm

Merric Boyd 1888-1950 (2), the sage green and pale blue body relief decorated with three koala's nestled in a tree together with a smaller vase, dated 1935 (2) 17 cm high

Merric Boyd. Art Pottery vase with applied tree decoration. U nusual early example signed and dated 1915. Poor condition

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 (1862-1940) Victoria, signed and dated 1945 circular, modelled and painted in polychrome with a scene depicting a farmhouse and a landscape, incised signature and date, 16.5 cm diameter

Merric Boyd (1888-1959) Victoria, circa 1915, earthenware flared rim vase painted and applied with eucalyptus trees, cream ground, incised Merric Boyd 1915. Height 15 cm

Merric Boyd (1888-1959) Victoria, circa 1935, baluster Cruffel high-fired earthenware branch handled jug, mottled green ground. Height 15 cm

Merric Boyd (1888-1959) Victoria, circa 1928, earthenware jug modelled as a koala, branch handle, blue textured glaze, incised designed by M. Boyd 1928. Height 18 cm

Merric Boyd. Pottery vase with hand-painted blue landscape scene. Signed and dated 1924

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

Merric Boyd Victoria, dated 1914 earthenware jug modelled in the form of a kookaburra signed and dated to the underside. Height 21 cm.

Merric Boyd Victoria, dated 1915 earthenware jug painted with a landscape, incised Merric Boyd 1915. Height 12 cm, chip to rim.

Merric Boyd. Pottery jug with windswept tree handle, signed and dated 1943

Merric Boyd vase, small squat 'Trunk' vase, signed to base 'Merric Boyd 1937' height 6.5 cm

John Perceval and Arthur Merric Boyd, Victoria, 1952 Murrumbeena pottery circular earthenware plate painted with a cat incised Perceval and A. M. Boyd pottery 1952 28 cm diameter.

Merric Boyd Victoria, 1920 cylindrical earthen Ware vase, olive green ground with abstract decoration incised hand craft Boyd 1920 19.5 cm high.

Merric Boyd/ Cruffel porcelain pottery jug, green body with branch handle