Ashtray - bisque; Crown Lynn Potteries Limited; 1980-1989; 2008.1.397
Ashtray - bisqueAbout this object
A fired unglazed ashtray in the shape of a Maori carved head. An indentation for the cigarette is in the tongue. Casting hole in the base.
Bisque or biscuit is the name given to fired but unglazed ceramics. This bisque ashtray was slipcast in the 1980s from the original moulds made to produce the Wharetana Ware range in the late 1940s to early 1950s.
The original designs were produced for the souvenir market and were only made for a few years as the range was not a great success. Modelled by Harry Hargreaves using a sharp knife, the designs were 'carved' into leather-hard clay. Slipcasting moulds were then made and the products mass produced and finished in gloss browns sometimes contrasting with pounamu-like green glazes.
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