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    In the People's Potteries George Berger is mentioned thus:"Studio Fisher was the first pottery to use slip trailing for decoration (a technique that was copied by others ). George Berger who distributed Studio Fisher wares suggested using the rooster motif after a win for an Anna Studio design at Cannes in 1955. The Fishers' (sic) artistic vision was stated in their catalogue: 'Studio Fisher ceramics have a much of personality you may be vainly looking for in mass-produced articles ... beautiful shapes, contemporary decorations .... continental quality Australian made.' They did not opt to use Aboriginal motifs or other fashionable decorations. The best sellers of the Studio Fisher ranger were the hanging basket, the celery dish, the lamp bases and the pepper - and salt -shakers.
    In 1956, (a year Edith Fisher recalls clearly - the year of the Hungarian Revolution), the pottery moved to Banks street Kogarah and remained there until it closed in 1959. Studio Fisher wares were sold through Beard Watson in Sydney and through their outlet in New Zealand but as was common with many small potteries, Studio Fisher's experience with their distributor, George, was not a happy one.
    George ( married to Mimi Yaksic a watercolourist ) took on the distribution of Fisher wares when he couldn't get enough stock from Orrefors glassware in Sweden. Edith remembers his two-weekly vists and that she: 'would have a nice continental meal ready {to placate him} as there was never enough pottery for him to take away. Fisher's subsequent arrangement with another agent ended in a court case when it was discovered he had been storing and not selling their products. When the arrangement ended he dumped all their pottery. In 1959, the onslaught of imports meant the demise of this interesting but small pottery. After Studio Fisher closed down John Fisher began to teach 'printing/imprinting', followed by 'creative thinking' classes that he held until 1977. He also experimented with holography at Macquarie University. In 1978, John received tenure at the University of Sydney lecturing in art and creativity. He died in 1995. Fisher ware will be highly prized for a number of reasons. Most of the pieces are in the small or miniature range, attractive to collectors or those in small hoes. By the innovative use of lines and dots on a clay background, Fisher wares embodied the concept of 'modernity' - a real goal for many post WW2 potters and decorators. Fisher ware is distinguishable then by size, colour, design and the nearly always present fish sign underneath each piece."

    Judith at Bemboka fills out the bio: "John Fisher (1921-1995) came to Sydney from Czechoslovakia with his wife Edith on a government contract in 1950 and afterwards the couple stayed on in Australia. Mainly self-trained as an artist, John found work as a modeller and designer in several Sydney potteries before he and Edith set up their own Studio Fisher in Glebe in 1954. In 1956, the pottery was relocated to Kogarah where it continued to operate until 1959. Always a small venture with only eight staff at its height, Studio Fisher produced a range of modernist slipcast and thrown work with abstract slip-trailed decoration. Work is mostly marked with an incised fish." (http://www.australianpotteryatbemboka.com.au/shop/index.php?manufacturers_id=380)

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  1. Potteries exhibition at Anthony Hordern
    Hickson, Jack
    [ Photograph : 1955 ]
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    Potteries exhibition at Anthony Hordern
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    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 3 October 1956 p 67 Article Illustrated
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    TV stand in the Womens' Weekly Studio Fisher

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    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 19 September 1957 p 11 Advertising
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    Polka dot or plain Studio Fisher at Manuka 1957

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    John Fisher (1921-1995) came to Sydney from Czechoslovakia with his wife Edith on a government contract in 1950 and afterwards the couple stayed on in Australia. Mainly self-trained as an artist, John found work as a modeller and designer in several Sydney potteries before he and Edith set up their own Studio Fisher in Glebe in 1954. In 1956, the pottery was relocated to Kogarah where it continued to operate until 1959. Always a small venture with only eight staff at its height, Studio Fisher produced a range of modernist slipcast and thrown work with abstract slip-trailed decoration. Work is mostly marked with an incised fish.

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