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Home Grown

September 13, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

| $12 - $15

Crown Lynn domestic pottery, locally manufactured and nationally significant, has left us with an extraordinary and rich physical and design legacy. Valerie Ringer Monk, an inveterate Crown Lynn collector and researcher, wrote a history of Crown Lynn that helped encourage a renewed appreciation of our ceramic design heritage.

For over a decade designer Mark Cleverley played an integral role in creating that heritage. After achieving prominence in Crown Lynn design competitions, he was invited to join the Crown Lynn team in 1968 as development designer. Working closely with head designer David Jenkin, Mark created many popular and innovative designs including Echo and Juliana and remained at Crown Lynn until the late 1970s. Graphic designer Jonty Valentine’s book Mark Cleverley: Designer explores Mark Cleverley’s career and working processes. Mark, Jonty and Valerie are in conversation with Philip Clarke, Objectspace gallery director.

At Objectspace from 23 August to 11 October Mark Cleverley: Objectspace Master of Craft.

Mark Cleverley was a leading New Zealand design practitioner for 40 years. His many design disciplines include architecture, furniture, graphic design and textiles as well as design education. While his name may not be familiar, his work, from the 1960s through to the 1990s, certainly is, with his designs for postage stamps, dinnerware designs for Crown Lynn and packaging. He was accepted as a full member of the prestigious UK-based Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD) in 1972. In New Zealand he was awarded numerous commissions and his works were often showcased in the design industry journal Designscape and included in the publication’s “Design Index” of exemplary design. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for a research project on bilingual design in 1987. In 2013 he was elected into the Massey University College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame.


Jonty Valentine is an Auckland based graphic designer, university lecturer and sometimes curator and writer. He runs design studio Index, specialising in publication design and design for arts organizations and is co-editor of the graphic design journal The National Grid. Jonty is the curator for the Mark Cleverley Objectspace gallery exhibition and the author of Mark Cleverley: Designer. He holds a BFA from the University of Canterbury and an MFA from Yale University, both in graphic design.


Valerie Ringer Monk is the author of two successful books on Crown Lynn – Crown Lynn: a New Zealand Icon and Crown Lynn Collector’s Handbook.  The books are based on detailed research including recorded interviews with Crown Lynn founder Sir Tom Clark and other long-serving staff. Valerie first became interested in Crown Lynn tableware about 20 years ago, and has amassed a substantial collection. More recently, she has begun researching other New Zealand potteries such as Royal Oak, Studio Ceramics and Temuka. A journalist and public relations professional, Valerie lives in Whangarei.


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Philip Clarke is the director of Objectspace a dedicated and award winning Auckland public gallery for craft and design. He has worked in the cultural sector for 30 years and prior to Objectspace worked at Creative New Zealand. He holds post-graduate qualifications from the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington and Griffith University.


September 13, 2014
9:00 am - 10:15 am
$12 - $15
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