Learn about Reynell, Gladys

Gladys Reynell, born in Adelaide in 1881, studied medicine at Adelaide University but left to study painting with Margaret Rose MacPherson (later Margaret Preston).

In 1912 Gladys Reynell departed for London accompanied by Margaret Preston, where they both studied pottery at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, London.

During the World War I Gladys Reynell and Margaret Preston both taught crafts including pottery to recuperating injured service personnel. Upon their return to Australia in 1919 their joint first exhibition, held in September at Preece's Gallery, Adelaide, included some pottery.

At the Reynella Pottery her assistant was George Osborne, the family's gardener, who also began making pots from the clays he dug and prepared. Eventually George was making most of the pots and Gladys doing the decoration.

In 1922 they married and moved to Ballarat, Victoria, where they established the Osrey Pottery, an acronym formed from their surnames. Osrey wares enjoyed wide popularity and were sold in Melbourne through the Primrose Pottery Shop. and in Sydney and Adelaide. They ceased making pots after George contracted lead poisoning in 1926. more...
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Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), a Sgraffito jug, blue glazed earthenware with sgraffito and underglaze slip decoration of a kangaroo in a landscape, incised Reynella pottery/ S. Aus.1922 to base, 14.5 cm high

Gladys Reynell vase, 1921 of baluster form with incised gumnuts on a speckle blue glazed ground, underside incised 'Reynella pottery S AUS, 1921' with maker's motif. Height 14 cm

Gladys Reynell, (1881-1956), earthenware plate, signed and dated 1920 with spirograph to base (Exhibited At S.A Art Gallery), 16.5 cm diameter

Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), earthenware bowl, signed and dated 1920 with spirograph to base (Exhibited At S.A Art Gallery), 5 cm tall

Gladys Reynell, pottery beaker with sgraffito design to rim, 10 cm tall (chip) (Exhibited At the S.A Art gallery)

Gladys Reynell, (1881-1956), rooster decorated egg cup, vase and mustard pot, signed Osrey Ballarat

Glayds Reynell, (1881-1956), daisy pattern salt pot and pepper shaker, signed and dated 1922, 4 cm tall

Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), Osrey Pottery a green glazed earthenware jug with blue and white flowerheads, inscribed Osrey Ballarat 1914 11 cm high

Gladys Reynell (1881-1956), Osrey Pottery two blue glazed earthenware vases, one with flowerheads, inscribed and dated Osrey Ballarat 1924and6, smaller with crack 9.5 and 11 cm high (2)

Reynella Pottery (Gladys Reynell 1881-1956), a blue glazed earthenware pot, inscribed Reynella Potters Aus 1922, 5 cm high

An Australian Art pottery green glazed vase, marked Reynell pottery S. A, 1921, Gladys Reynell. Height 12 cm. Diameter 9.5 cm

Rare Gladys Reynell 'Reynella Potery' two handled vase with blue glaze and markings to base

Gladys Reynell, three (3) pieces, a floral milk jug, spherical vase, and checker board pattern beaker, all glazed in deep rich blue colours associated with her Art pottery wares, signed 'Osrey, Ballarat', 1924 and 1925, 11, 8 and 8 cm

A Reynella Pottery bowl with black glaze, dated 1921, slight firing fault

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