In 1933 Premier Pottery sought to enhance the sales benefit that might stem from its products being presented as hand-thrown studio pottery rather than factory-made. Studio pottery then (as now) was usually hand-signed, sometimes dated, and the introduction of the 'Remued' signature alongside PPP-stamped pieces in 1933 was presumably a marketing experiment. It was followed in 1934 by the introduction of similar wares signed 'Pamela'. As with Remued, some Pamela pieces were incised 'Hand Made' to the base, and foil stickers included the words 'Hand Made'.
Pamela wares were drip-glazed. Some were identical to PPP or Remued pieces made at the same time. Glazes were all-over glossy - Premier's use of dull glazes in combination did not begin until later. Applied gumleaf and gumnut decoration was used on some shapes.
The Pamela name was short-lived however, production being limited to probably no more than a few months. Most Pamela shapes are quite rare today as a result. A numbering system was commenced, although not at the outset and the numbers only reached about 31 before the Pamela name was discontinued in 1934. Unlike Remued, Pamela numbering did not use suffixes to denote applied decoration or size; different versions of the same shape had different numbers. For the catalogue index of the Pamela numbering series, click here.
A couple of base inscriptions are recorded that coincide with Pamela's demise. Pots were apparently sitting in the drying racks at Oakover Road, incised Pamela 1934, when the decision was taken to abandon the Pamela name. The leather-hard base was then washed, almost obliterating the Pamela inscription and 'Remued' was incised in its place (see Pamela 14.)
Quite a few Pamela shapes were absorbed into the Remued Early Series numbering. Former Pamela shapes are found scattered through the Early Series, mostly between about 140 and 200.
Collection; Shepparton Art Gallery
SOME UN-NUMBERED PAMELA PIECES.
These have (as yet) no recorded shape-number in the Pamela Series.
Un-numbered pieces for which the shape-number is known, appear on the numbered catalogue pages. For the catalogue index of numbers click here.
Three jugs produced to commemorate Victoria's centenary in 1934.
All show John Batman, one of Melbourne's founders.