Workers from Crown Lynn Clay Works
Photo courtesy of Crown Lynn Clay Works Collections

Crown Lynn afternoon tea

FreeAccessibleFamily activitiesWest Auckland

Saturday 6 October, 1pm-3pm


New Lynn War Memorial Library

3 Memorial Dr, New Lynn

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Event details

New Lynn Library and Portage Ceramics Trust will host a free afternoon tea to celebrate the deep cultural history of the Crown Lynn Potteries. The event will include live demonstrations, talks by local experts and an opportunity for West Auckland residents to share their stories of working at Crown Lynn.

There will also be pottery painting workshops to recreate some of the Crown Lynn Māori designs.

Crown Lynn was an influential contributor to West Auckland's industry and culture, and a key employer from the mid-late 20th century. By the 1960s its pottery had become a popular household feature.

In the 1960s and 1970s many Māori and Pacific Island communities migrated to West Auckland to work in local industries and made up a large part of the Crown Lynn workforce. Māori culture influenced the Wharetana range of ceramics and a specially commissioned dinnerware set for Air New Zealand's DC8 jetliners.

Brought to you by New Lynn War Memorial Library, Te Toi Uku/Crown Lynn Museum

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