Melrose Ware pottery was produced by the Hoffman Brick and Tile Company, which was founded in 1862 in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick. The company was originally a brick and tile manufacturer, but it began producing pottery in the 1930s during the Great Depression.
Melrose Ware pottery was strongly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, which emphasized the value of traditional craftsmanship and the beauty of handcrafted objects. This movement was characterized by a departure from mass production and a return to skilled artisanal work.
They produced a range of pottery items, including vases, jugs, bowls, and tiles and the pottery was known for its distinctive blue and green glazes and its Australiana motifs, which often featured gum leaves, gum nuts, and other native flora and fauna. The pottery was crafted using various techniques, including hand-painting, sgraffito (a technique where designs are incised into the clay surface), and more...
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