Topic: History of the Waikato Porcelain Artists Association

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The association was formed in August 1969, in Te Awamutu. At its height the association had over 100 members.

Arohena - the original groupIn the 1960s a group of six farmers' wives from Arohena, in the South Waikato, decided to learn to paint china as a hobby. They got together weekly, attended lessons when they could be arranged and sent their china to Wanganui for firing until they could afford their own kiln. Meanwhile their teacher, Joan Dellow from Lower Hutt, had become president of the New Zealand China Painting Associations and she asked six friends to help form a Waikato Association. The meeting to investigate forming a group was held in Te Awamutu's Country Women's Institute Hall in Carlton Street in February 1969. An encouraging turnout led to the formation af the Waikato Porcelain Artists Association in August 1969.

The six founding members were Allison Kay, Ata Ellery, Philllipa Keyte-Smith, Margaret Johnstone, Stella Rolph-Smith and Elfie Podivin.

For many years meetings were held in Te Awamutu, until it was decided Hamilton was more central. The group displayed and sold work at  many events, including the 1971 World Rose Show in Hamilton.

In 2009 the Waikato Porcelain Artists Association turned 40. About 50 members and ex-members celebrated the organisation's 40th birthday at a special luncheon at Whitby Farm. Guest speaker was Trust Waikato chief executive officer Bev Gatenby. One of the original six artists from Arohena, Allison Kay, attended the celebration. Mrs Kay provided much of the historical material on display for the event. Other displays included a fine collection of traditional and modern porcelain art. She was one of three life members present, the others being Vivienne Nelson of Te Kauwhata and Margaret Porter of Hamilton.

Newspaper articles about the event:
'Pioneering porcelain painters'  appeared in the Te Awamutu Courier of 15th September 2009, p. 1 & 3.
'China painters reminisce over their 40 year history''  appeared in the Cambridge Edition of 7th October 2009, p.11.

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History of the Waikato Porcelain Artists Association


Subject:Porcelain and China painting
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