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Studio Anna Pottery archive

Made by Studio Anna Pottery in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1952-1999.

Karel Jungvirt, a sculptor and artist who had escaped the 1948 Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia, arrived in Australia in late 1951. His pottery career in Australia began in 1952 when, initially employed as a mould maker with Diana Pottery in Marrickville, he was soon designing and making models there. It was during his stint with Diana that he met Toni Coles, an East Sydney Technical College graduate who had previously been working in commercial advertising, illustrating catalogues. Coles ha...


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Object Statement

Archive, Studio Anna Pottery, Sydney, Australia, 1953-1999

Physical Description

Archive, Studio Anna Pottery, Sydney, Australia, 1953-1999

2000/41/1-1 - Exhibition Photographs
2000/41/1-2 - Workshop Photographs
2000/41/1-3 - Typed Catalogues
2000/41/1-4 - Display Catalogues
2000/41/1-5 - Printed Catalogues
2000/41/1-6 - Price Lists
2000/41/1-7 - Correspondence
2000/41/1-8 - Miscellaneous Office Records
2000/41/1-9 - Awards 1955
2000/41/1-10 - Printed Material Relating to Studio Anna
2000/41/1-11 - Magazine and Newspaper Cuttings
2000/41/1-12 - Scrapbook
2000/41/1-13 - Articles Mentioning Studio Anna
2000/41/1-14 - Original Designs



This archive from the Studio Anna pottery (1952-1999), and selected collection of ceramics, are from perhaps the longest operating of the dozens of small commercial potteries set up in Sydney in the 1950s. They form an important record of this phenomenon.
Karel Jungvirt (b. 1927, Prague), came to Australia from Czechoslovakia in 1951, and established Studio Anna in Neutral Bay c1952, and then in Marrickville in 1954). Arriving as an accomplished artist, he began to design and produce slipcast earthenware in a contemporary style which included popular symbols or scenes of Australia, as well as the appropriation of traditional Aboriginal motifs. His major innovation of the time was to introduce underglaze colours and stains that could be painted transparently like watercolours.
Studio Anna is representative of a large number of small commercial potteries making domestic, ornamental and souvenir wares, others being Pate's Potteries, Martin Boyd Pottery, Modern Ceramic Products and Diana Pottery. At the height of its success in the late 1950s, Studio Anna employed many decorators and pottery workers and had an enormous output. The staff was as large as 35 at one stage. They made souvenirs for the Olympic Games in 1956.
Jungvirt was a good promoter of his wares, and operated a number of 'Australiana' shops in Sydney. Decorators included his first wife Toni.
He was also a member of the Ceramic Art and Fineware Association. This organisation of commercial potteries contributed to a number of exhibitions in Cannes in the 1950s, the Cannes International Exhibitions of Modern Ceramics, with a number of works selected by judges including Mr Penfold, the director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (File:59/501). The three-legged dish was exhibited in Cannes in 1955, was photographed for the Sydney Morning Herald, and the archive contains a diploma from this exhibition. By the 1990s Studio Anna was working with a limited staff, making mainly lamp-bases for hotels, and working on commission only. Jungvirt sold the business to return to Czechoslovakia, and was given a farewell reception by the Marrickville Council in May 1999 (see photos enclosed in file). Dorothy Johnston is writing a history of NSW commercial potteries and has interviewed Jungvirt extensively. (Note: published articles vary in the spelling of his name, and in the dates when the pottery started. Jungvirt told me the pottery moved to Marrickville from Neutral Bay in 1954; see file notes).

See Description

Most of the records date from the 1950s and 1960s, but the pottery operated from 1992 in Neutral Bay and from 1954 at Shepherd St, Marrickville, until Jungvirt sold it in 1999.



Collected by Karel Jungvirt, owner of Studio Anna.

Owned by Karel Jungvirt, Studio Anna


Credit Line

Gift of Karel Jungvirt, 2000

Acquisition Date

8 March 2000

Cite this Object


Studio Anna Pottery archive 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 October 2019, <>


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