Learn about Studio Anna
Studio Anna, makers of souvenir ware and art pottery was founded by Karel Jungvirt, who had trained as a sculptor and ceramist in Munich and Prague.
He arrived in Australia in 1951; in 1952 he was asked by Diana Pottery to make moulds for them. Quickly, he established his own pottery, winning the Diplome D'Honneur and a gold medal at the 1955 Cannes International Exhibition of Modern Ceramics.
Studio Anna produced a huge variety of shapes & sizes of pottery pieces decorated with landscapes, landmarks, flora, fauna and aboriginal motifs.
In its peak years in the mid 1950's, Studio Anna employed over 30 staff and their ceramic ware was not only distributed widely in Australia, but was also being exported to such places as Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.
In 1957 a trade agreement was signed with Japan, which allowed the import of cheap mass produced ceramics. The competition put many of the local potteries who employed hand production techniques out of business, although Studio Anna was able to continue on a reduced scale. more...
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