Gunda Pottery Australia Pin Dish Blackware 1960s


Gunda Pottery Australia Pin Dish Blackware 1960s

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Gunda Pottery Australia Pin Dish Blackware 1960s

This is the first piece of Gunda Pottery I have ever ‘found’.

It is in very good condition except for one tiny chip on the edge (see last photo).

It is incised on the back ‘Gunda 78′. ’78’ is a pattern number not the year.

This piece is known as ‘blackware’ because of the matt black glaze on the back and was produced between 1956 and 1960.

Size: 11cm long x 7cm wide x 2cm high
Weight: 75g

The importance of modernist Gunda Pottery has only recently been recognised.

Gunda Pottery was founded in a Melbourne garage in 1956 by Gundaris Lusis, a Latvian immigrant.  Lusis’ pottery reflected European abstract art and design.  The pottery operated until 1977.

There is a great article on Gunda on the Craft Victoria website at

Quote from the above article. “Throughout the 21 years that Lusis operated the Gunda studio pottery he produced a body of work unparalleled in terms of output and originality by a studio potter. His commitment to innovation, to his craft and to making a small but significant contribution to the decoration of our houses is his lasting legacy and in time Gundars Lusis will be recognised for the important part he played in the development of Australian studio pottery and ceramic design.”


Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 15 × 15 × 10 cm


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