Pay Dirt – Homage to the Unknown Industrial Potter

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Handmade and Glazed Ceramic Tiles
Mashman Park, Chatswood, NSW
Willoughby Council

A tribute to the unknown industrial potter illustrating the economic and cultural impact
of Mashman pottery on the region. The work was created at the Mashman pottery in Kingsgrove through intense research with Mike Mashman using archival information around pottery.

Named after William and Henry Mashman who operated a pottery business on the site of the park from 1885. The Mashman Brothers company, Victoria Pottery, produced terracotta and stoneware including chimney pots, urns, chicken feeders, bread crocks and storage jars. As more houses were built in Chatswood, the company also produced drainage and sewer pipes. In 1959 the Royal Doulton Company bought the business and continued making only sanitary ware. In 1980 Caroma Industries P/L acquired the business but ceased trading in 2000. Council was given the park in 2004 by the Huang family who converted the former factory building into residential apartments.