The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Function and Beauty (Clay Dynasty)

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‘Although pottery is made to be used … there can be no fullness or complete realisation of utility without beauty.’

The influential English potter Bernard Leach championed a new model for modern ceramics, looking to East Asian stoneware and pre-industrial European pottery for aesthetic standards. Leach found an enthusiastic following in post-World War II Australia. Led by pioneers who established a new functional tradition, Australian potters adapted his teachings, …