So much has still to be discovered about the work designed and produced by Dagma & Miloslav Kratochvil. We have a fair idea of the range of their functional and figurative work but an article has just been published on The Vintage Post documenting a set of original Ellis pottery molds for plaques with themes such as a fallen angel, St George and the dragon, The Three Graces, Leda and the swan and Adam and Eve. A fellow collector has provided images of a produced example of Noah’s Ark signed ‘MD Ellis’ which is illustrated in the article. The author hopes for more produced examples to come to light now that the molds have been published.
An image from the National Archives of Australia Destination: Australia collection showing Turid Gule working on a Model 41 jug. The caption says: “Mrs Turid Gule, from Norway, is now a leading designer in pottery. She migrated to Australia in 1964 with her husband, who is an engineer. They live in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne, Vic.”
Thanks to Trudy Viles from the Australian Pottery group on Facebook for finding this image.
This cat thought to be Elke has now been confirmed as Ellis via a paper label and has been returned to the list.
I can’t believe that it has been two years since I last updated this list. I promise to spend some time on it soon!
The deceased estate of Bob Masin, the Kratochvil’s nephew, was auctioned by Christopher Bragg on 3 February. If you are the current owner of any of the items sold at the auction that are not yet in the list of shapes and are willing to contribute images to the list please let me know.
I posted some months ago about the new WordPress carousel feature making it difficult to view item details by clicking on an image. The carousel has at last been made optional and you can now go directly to item details again and post comments and images there. (To post images in a comment, cut and paste the ‘sharing’ code from your image hosting service.)
The enhancements to the carousel itself in the new release have been a great improvement. I would certainly recommend it for a photo or travel blog – it was just not appropriate for a research tool like this.
Since migrating the list from Google Docs to WordPress, I’ve been aware that the thumbnail images look odd when displayed alone on a single page. I’ve started to upload larger images for new shapes. Over the next few months, I’ll be doing a big push to update existing images from examples in my own collection.
We plan to feature Ellis in our next season’s exhibition. I’ve already pulled a number of pieces out and they look great on white plinths. Watch this space for details…
The Rameking has recently published an entry on Elke. It turns out that this pottery, often mistaken for Ellis, was operated by Karl-Heinze and Ellen Anne David from a building in the backyard of their house in Clayton, Victoria. Karl-Heinze arrived in Australia from Germany in 1951 and died probably in the mid-1970s. Rameking reports that, when Ellen died in 2009, moulds, pattern books and pottery found on site were taken to the tip. At least examples of their work live on and can be a record of Elke’s output.