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Essie Stokes celebrating her 100th birthday

It is with great sadness I report the recent passing of a very dear lady, Essie Stokes.


Essie was an active member and great supporter of the WA Guild of China Painters. She joined the Guild in 1984 and served in many capacities - Secretary, Treasurer and was President from 1991 to 1993, receiving life membership in 2001 for her service and outstanding support of the Guild. Essie earned the respect and love of all who knew her.


Condolences to Essie's family. This much loved member and friend will be sadly missed.


Shown Essie at a Guild meeting celebrating her 100th birthday!



Sugar Gliders by Barbara Cronin

APAT WA will hold a mid-year workshop with Albany based artist Barbara Cronin. The subject is small native animals and native flora. particularly Sugar Gliders and the Cooktown Orchid. Barbara also plans to demonstrate the use of air-brushing in the development of a design.


The three-day workshop takes place on Friday 9th July to Sunday 11th July, 2021; 9:30am (for a 10:00am start) to 3:30pm daily. The venue is McDougall House, 20 Clydesdale Street, COMO. Preparatory suggested designs and instructions will be supplied prior to the workshop.


Places are limited, for more information visit APAT's website where non-members can contact APAT's Secretary to check for vacancies.

PORCELAIN FROM THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEYCauliflower teapot and caddy by Wedgwood

On a recent visit to Sydney I had the great pleasure to visit the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. This museum is a major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney and occupies a beautiful old building - a converted electric tram power station hence its name.


link to article and more photographsThe museum houses a wonderful and eclectic mix of exhibits and stand alone exhibitions. In addition to the science and industrial exhibits, there are many exhibits representing the decorative arts including porcelain.


Shown above is a wonderful Cauliflower teapot and tea-caddy set produced by Josiah Wedgwood around 1760. It was manufactured in his Burslem factory in Staffordshire, England from creamware.





The Albany Porcelain Art Workshop took place over three days in April, 2021. The venue was the Veteran Car Club's premises on the outskirts of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. Two classes ran concurrently. Dee Credaro taught 'Furry Critters, native or domestic' and Ruth Robartson's subject was 'Western Spinebills'.


A good time was enjoyed by all students. Congratulations to Albany Porcelain Art Workshop President, Brenda Caelli and organisers Ruth Hansen and Barbara Southall and of course the teachers!


Shown below Dee Credaro's class painting 'furry critters' and Brenda Caelli, APAW's President.
Photos courtesy Dee Credaro.

Dee Credaro's class at the Albany Workshop  Brenda at the Albany Workshop




The Porcelain Artists of WA (formerly WA Guild of China Painters) held their annual exhibition and sale of work on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May, 2021. The exhibition was held at a new venue this year - The Palms Community Centre, corner Rokeby and Vase by Lucy BertiloneNicholson Roads, Subiaco.


The theme for the exhibition was brought forward from last year's postponed event - 'Inspired by Nature'. Members were invited to paint a collection of up to seven items for display and judging.


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Visitors were treated to a beautiful display of hand painted porcelain of both traditional and modern designs. In addition to the main display there were special exhibits of vintage porcelain and miniature pieces. Congratulations to President Christine Munro and her team.




New Museum banner On Saturday 21st November, 2020, the spectacular new Western Australian Museum in the Perth Cultural Gaia Vase by Brenda HendersonCentre opened its doors. The Museum to be known as WA Museum Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in the local Nyoongar language.


I recently had the pleasure to make the first of what will be I'm sure many visits to the new and spectacular Boola Bardip Museum and view amongst many things the display of locally painted porcelain.


     link to article and more photos of Museum opening


Follow the link above to read article and see additional photos.


The new building is breathtakingly stunning! The meld of the heritage and the new is very impressive. The inside is spacious, light, comfortable with surprises around every corner.



shown above top:The new logo from WA Museum
above right: Gaia Vase by Brenda Henderson displayed in the Innovations Gallery


Kidogo Gallery Fremanlte APAT display by Anne Blake

The WA branch of the Australasian Porcelain Art Teachers Association (APAT) held their exhibition titled 'Porcelain - See Change' at the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle in early October.


The Kidogo Art House is situated adjacent to the Round House and makes up part of the historic precinct in Fremantle. The Gallery was a beautiful backdrop in which to display the hand painted porcelain.

A wide variety of pieces painted by APAT members were on display. Designs included both contemporary and traditional, something of interest for all. The weather was beautiful and as it was the school holidays the area was bustling with visitors many of whom took the opportunity to visit the gallery.


Shown above display by Anne Blake, shown below photos featuring exhibits by Julie Guyer, Carolyn Pollitt and Dee Credaro.

APAT Exhibition displayAPAT Exhibition displayAPAT Exhibition display


The WA Guild of China Painters' has passed a resolution at their October annual general meeting to change the organisation's name. After 56 years and a well earned reputation the Guild will in future be known as 'Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc'.


The President told members that the brand was out of step with current trends, internationally and within Australia and handicapped promotion and the ability to attract audiences. Only those present were permitted to vote and the motion was passed 16 to 2. Due to the name change the committee of the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia have decided to close down their website


An end of one era but hopefully the beginning of a new one! For any additional information contact their Secretary on
08 9330 4909.

PORCELAIN ART FROM THE GALLERIES & MUSEUMS OF LONDONSevres Inkstand on display at the Wallace Collection London

This article concludes a series featuring some of the fascinating porcelain and glass exhibits I had the great pleasure to see during a visit to the UK last year.  To view the complete series including the Sèvres Inkstand, with photos and information about some of the London museums visited, follow the link below.Sevre3s Flower Vase c. 1755-6

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On display at The Wallace Collection in London was this Turquoise-blue grounded, Sèvres Flower vase. The vase, painted in 1755-6, is part of a very large collection of Sèvres porcelain on display at The Wallace.


Painted with two cherubs and 'engraved' with flowers and fruit, the vase's background is finished with an eye-catching turquoise-blue grounding. Note how areas of white have been left in the grounded colour at each end of the vase to create the effect of open handles rising to the scrolling on the top edge. The vase forms part of a set of several pieces featuring this design.


The Wallace Collection Museum offers free entry to the public and is located at Hertford House, Manchester Square in London.  The extensive collection houses art in many forms, painting, sculpture, porcelain, glass, furniture, clocks, armour, early weaponry and much more.  For more information visit their website at


shown above: Sèvres Flower Vase c.1755-6


The West Australian Guild of China Painters (now known as the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc) celebrated its golden jubilee year in 2014.  To mark this very special occasion Kaye MacLean and I wrote a history of china painting in Western Australia and more specifically the foundation and history of the WA Guild through to 2014.

Hon Richard Court AC


The finished book, which took several years to research and write, was launched by the Hon Richard Court AC at a special reunion function for past and present Guild members and special guests held on the 2nd May, 2014 at Guildford.

image shown: former State Premier, Hon Richard Court AC at the launch of "Golden Reflections- A Celebration of 50 Years" on 2nd May, 2014 at the Guildford Town Hall.

Download book order form (pdf reader required).

Copies of the book are still available for purchase. For more information contact me or the Porcelain Artists of Western Australia Inc.


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