Pioneer potter Elizabeth Lissaman went through school with the desire to make pottery.
‘It was almost impossible to obtain any information even about how to begin. There were no books to be had from the libraries and, of course, no supplies – even if I had known what I wanted.'
It wasn’t until she moved to Sydney to live with her grandmother in the 1920s that she was able to glean knowledge from beginner potters, libraries and brickworks and start up her practice.
On her return to New Zealand, she had a makeshift wheel created for her by relatives using a bicycle chain.
From sourcing the clay to designing, firing and marketing her pots, Elizabeth was part of the process from start to finish. She was New Zealand’s only studio potter at the time and unusually made a living from her work.
Her practice spanned the 1920s to the 1980s where she produced hundreds of useful objects for the home as a potter and also taught.
In 1969 Elizabeth Lissaman published a book, Pottery for Pleasure in Australia and New Zealand, which told the reader how to work with Australasian clay.
She was made an honorary life membership of the New Zealand Society of Potters in 1965 and given an OBE in 1982 for her services to pottery.
Objectspace will be showing Lissaman’s works in coming months - more information to follow.
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