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Introducing Clem Ainslie

 

Never heard of Clem Ainslie, potter of the Harvey School, Brisbane?

I’m not surprised. She doesn’t appear in any of the works written about this fascinating period of Australian art pottery, and although she may be represented in collections of Australian Pottery from the 1920’s and 30’s, at best she is catalogued as ‘Unknown, Harvey School’. Until now.

Clem Ainslie of the Harvey School as a young lady

Clem Ainslie of the Harvey School as a young lady

Moorabool is pleased to present ‘Clem Ainslie of the Harvey School’, an inaugural exhibition of her extraordinary creations. Her pieces speak for themselves: she was an extremely talented potter, creating the usual school pieces, but also many unique individual pots. She signed the majority of her pieces, either with her full name, or the monogram CA, along with the date. She made & sold many pieces during her ‘career’ as an art potter, meaning there are many pieces out there

Clem Ainslie The Moon Nymph Vase 1931

Clem Ainslie The Moon Nymph Vase 1931

awaiting discovery. The book we are publishing of this unique collection of her work is intended to bring her the recognition she deserves.

Her daughter now lives in Geelong, and spoke fondly about ‘dear old Mum’. Her recollections are cited in quotations throughout the pages here.

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