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 (Merric) Boyd (1888-1959), a glazed earthenware relief moulded bowl decorated with a tree, incised and dated: Merric Boyd 1935, 14cm high, 23 cm diameter

Merric Boyd Pottery fruit bowl, incised 'Merric Boyd, 1940', 22 cm diameter

Merric Boyd Pottery vase with incised landscape scene, signed Merric Boyd 1945, 9.5 cm

Merric Boyd Blue glazed earthen wear vase with applied gumnut and gumleaf incised 'Merric Boyd, 1926', 19 cm

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959). A jug, cylindrical shaped earthenware jug modelled with two koala and a gum leaf, coloured and green mottled glaze, incised Boyd Australia to base, 14.2 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959) & Doris Boyd (1888-1960). A vase, cylindrical vase painted with a continuous, stylised landscape on cream ground, incised Merric Boyd 1939 to base, 19.5 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959). A vase, compressed and cylindrical in form, painted with a windswept landscape on cream, blue mottled ground, incised Merric Boyd 1941 to base, 13.5 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959). A jug, compressed ovoid glazed earthenware jug with hand-modelled and underglaze painted decoration of a windswept tree landscape, incised Merric Boyd 1937, Australia to base, 12.5 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959) & Doris Boyd (1888-1960). A vase, tapering cylindrical formed vase painted with a continuous, stylised landscape, incised Merric Boyd 1932 to base, Doris Boyd, 24.5 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959). A koala jug, an earthenware jug modelled as a koala, branch handle, green textured glaze, incised designed by M. Boyd 1914 to base, 18 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959) & Doris Boyd (1888-1960). A vase, cylindrical vase painted with a continuous landscape on cream ground, incised Merric Boyd 1917 to base, 23.5 cm high

William Merric Boyd (1888-1959). A jug, earthenware jug modelled to the lower section with a koala, applied with gum nuts and leaves extending into a split branch handle, mottled blue and coloured glaze, incised M. Boyd 1928 to base, 12.5 cm high

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

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