Many collectors, dealers and researchers have generously assisted in the compilation of this catalogue. Some are acknowledged on individual photographs, others are anonymous. Mention may be made here of some particularly significant contributions;
Catherine Webb - researcher, author and studio potter (and a descendant of PPP co-founder David Dee). She generously allowed use of her thesis and original research material.
Gregory Hill - researcher, author, dealer and collector. Many of the shape-book images in the catalogue are taken from Greg's photocopies that he kindly loaned.
Shepparton Art Museum, who granted access to their notable collection of 20th century Australian ceramics.
The late Marvin Hurnall - collector, broadcaster, and dealer. His sales displays, auction catalogues and personal collection furnished numerous pictures.
Kerry James. Son of principal Remued potter Allan James. Kerry kindly gave access to the Allan & Myrtle James Collection, including pottery from Premier and Kerryl and all the surviving original potter's shape books.
Many others have contributed with their collections and/or knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm, amongst them Stuart Lawson; Paul Mathews; Pat Godden; Geoff & Rosemary Perry; Roy & Auli Maybury; Jeff Gregory, Paul Morgans; Peter Carey, Robert Carey; Ted Angleton who was junior potter at Premier under Allan James from the mid-1940s to early 1950s; Jerome Sin; Andrew van der Horst; Brendan Pitcher; the late Stan Koba; Richard Foster; Andrea Tilley; John Bastow; Joe Zemitos; Laurie McGregor; Michael West creator of auspottery.com; Paul Sheedy; Sharon Micenko; Andrew McGowan; Meagan Lane; Brenton Roneberg; Bruce Nichol; Chris Dean; Lynne Cumming; Jeremy Zarifopoulos; Caroline Askew; Terry Boyle; Dorothy Johnston; Andrew Macdonald; the late John Fortuna; Terry Cheetham; Robert Bridgman; Joe Terni; Brian Tonkin; Peter Leach; Ross & Sharron Pentreath; Will Ashburner; Graham Harrison; the Kerry Stokes Collection Perth; John Furphy and antiquesreporter.com.au; Linda Horner daughter of 'A' Series mould-maker John Gardner; the Powerhouse Museum Sydney; Greg Condon; Chris Anders; Ed Kisala; Ryan Brearly; Kevin & Chris Edwards; and Trudy Viles for her valuable research into old published advertisements.
A grateful mention is also due to anonymous vendors (or should that be 'pseudonymous'?) on eBay, TradeMe NZ, Quicksales, Gumtree, Facebook and the like whose pictures appear here. If you see your dining room table in the background I do hope that's ok. More to the point perhaps, please contact us if you wish to add a personal attribution or whatever.
Thanks too to those who advised and assisted in the sometimes baffling process of creating a website; John McIver at Temporal Images; Russel Matchan; and Paul Lim.
References and Links
'Gumnuts and Glazes; the story of Premier Pottery, Preston'.
Exhibition catalogue published by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, 2005. With essays by Catherine Webb, Gregory Hill and Noris Ioannou, preface by Jacqueline Healy. 40 pages.
Thoroughly illustrated, authoritative and absorbing, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the story of Remued pottery. The exhibition ran for a year at Bundoora Homestead and major regional galleries in Victoria, attracting widespread interest and high attendances.
'Gumnuts and Glazes' is available, price $15 including postage, from
Unpublished thesis by Catherine Webb. Together with the 'Gumnuts and Glazes' catalogue this has been a major source for historical material on this website.
An excellent website created by collector Michael West, covering Australian potteries of the 1930s including Premier. Histories of the various firms are included along with a useful bibliography. The site is no longer active but an archived copy is available here.
Published by Shepparton Art Gallery, 1987. Chapter titled 'Premier Pottery Preston' by Catherine Webb, pages 42-49.
'The Marvin Hurnall Australiana Collection'
Auction catalogue by Leonard Joel, October 2007. Includes many pieces from Premier. Fully illustrated, with excellent descriptions including base inscription details. 124 pages.