Ginger Jar , Klytie Pate
  • Artist
    Klytie Pate
  • Born
    1912
  • Title
    Ginger Jar
  • Date of Production
    circa 1946
  • Medium
    earthenware
  • Dimensions
    16.4 x 18 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of Shirley Richards, 1980

Klytie Pate

Ginger Jar

The emergence of Australian Studio Pottery in the 1940s-50s can be traced back to a small number of Melbourne potters including Klytie Pate. Pate, who studied drawing at the National Gallery School and modelling and sculpture at Melbourne Technical College/Working Men's College, was herself a teacher of ceramics before becoming a professional potter in 1945.

The ginger jar was a favourite form of the artist, who was inspired by the Kent Collection of Chinese ceramics at the National Gallery of Victoria. Pate's knowledge and skill in the application of glaze technology was exceptional for her time, and she experimented with the varied qualities of exotic glaze recipes. She applied her knowledge both to works that were extensively carved in the art deco style as well as to pieces such as this ginger jar which is unadorned except for its lustrous purple glaze.