Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

Melrose Art Pottery

April 20, 2012 - July 1, 2012

Melrose Art Pottery tells the story of the Hoffman Brick, Tile and Pottery Company’s survival during the 1930s Depression. Established in 1862, and located in Brunswick, the company was the largest business of its type in the southern hemisphere.  The exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the social history of the era and the Melrose range of pottery Hoffman’s produced to remain economically viable in turbulent times. The styling was largely inspired by the worldwide modernist movement and the prevailing tastes reflected in Australian Arts and Crafts Societies. Curated by ceramics expert, Greg Hill, Melrose Art Pottery examines the historical, technical and artistic achievements of the Melrose range and its contribution to Australian commercial pottery.