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Helen Mason 1915 - 2014
Helen Mason is considered by many to be the mother of this country's pottery movement. So states the obituary recently published in the Christchurch Press.

There is no disputing the enormous and long standing influence that Helen has had in the fostering and direct involvement in the development of ceramics in New Zealand.

This page is devoted to Helen's memory and contains images and stories of her ceramic-related activities throughout her life. Apart from obituaries that tell her story in different ways there are images and anecdotes from NZP members who came into contact or were intimately involved with Helen during her life. She was never very far away from her own personal work in pottery and was actively involved with many groups that were part of the pottery movement since 1940.



2006
HawkesBay_2004
Helen with Denis O'Reilly
Waipukurau_2004

A Few Pieces of Helen' Work
 

Obituaries
     
Read Helen's full story in the obituary published
in the Christchurch Press September 13 2014
Obituary published in the Dominion Post
Obituary published in the Gisborne Herald




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