Anthropomorphic flowers made by year 7 students @ St Josephs School

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On Friday I made a visit to St Kevins to work with a group of year 7 students from St Josephs. Their topic was ceramics so it was very exciting that I took a tub of ceramics from the Museum's New Zealand Pottery collection. They are being photographed at the moment so it was perfect timing for me to do a slide show and show a few pieces from the collection.I chose to feature Mollé Pottery c.1948 -1964. Potter and mother of five, Mary Florence Goodsall known as Molly lived in Opihi, Temuka.

Molly started making pots for her cactus plants when her daughter brought some clay home from school. Her work has a distinctive organic natural feel, with some of her pots looking like tree stumps and leaves. Toadstools, Maori icons, frogs and the odd mouse would often feature in her work. Molly would give away her pottery for school prizes and exhibited at Ashburton Plunket Rooms during the 1950s.

The year 7 class I worked with produced some wonderful work that will be on display in the wonderlab.

A big thank you to the fabulous art teacher Sara Plunket.

Elizabeth King