The sheer number of large commercial potteries producing hand-made ranges for the retail market in the 1970s and 1980s continues to astonish as we find out more about them, mainly from the people who set them up or worked there. The financial recession of the late 1980s led to a significant downturn in the market and resultant closures but on the Gold Coast Cronulla Pottery continued to operate through to 2003, when competition from overseas imports finally forced it into liquidation.
Geoff Walker, who founded the pottery with Paul Bruce in the early 1980s, has sent us a copy of a brochure produced in the early 1990s for distribution to retail outlets and at home shows. I’ve uploaded the two pages here and here as flickr doesn’t support the uploading of PDF files.
Illustrated: The paper label used on wares produced for Earthworks, Cronulla Pottery’s own retail shop in the Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne.