Studio Anna, makers of souvenir ware and art pottery was founded by Karel Jung-Virt, (1927-2000) 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, in Neural Bay in 1952 and then in Marraickville in 1954. He won 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 more...
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