This collection of pots was acquired and curated by Rick Rudd and represents the important makers of their time and illustrates the major changes which have taken place in the evolution of New Zealand studio pottery since its beginnings in the early 20th century.
These works have been collected to show the history and diversity of studio ceramics made in Whanganui since the 1950s.
Rick Rudd has collected studio ceramics since the late 1970s and the Rick Rudd Collection now consists of over 1,000 works.
Simon Manchester was a Wellington businessman whose passion for collecting ceramics began over thirty years ago. His collection is now considered to be one of the major national collections of ceramics.
The focus collections display over eighty works from each potter. These collections bring together pieces from both the Rick Rudd and Simon Manchester Collections and demonstrate the maker’s careers with examples from throughout their working lives.