Juliet Hawkins

Juliet

Juliet joined Crown Lynn Potteries as an Assistant Designer after graduating from a Graphic Design Diploma at Auckland Technical Institute in 1979. At the end of the year companies would come to the Polytech to check out the graduate’s work. Juliet was offered a position in the design studio at Crown Lynn. Juliet was a prolific designer and her most popular design, Last Wave, was one of the best selling patterns of the time. So much so, they increased the product range to include cookware the following year.

Juliet Hawkins by Catherine Davidson
Cup - Last wave pattern
Child’s mug - Tootle train

Influences

The chief designers at that time were Dave Jenkin and Mark Cleverley. Dave Jenkin was the head of the design studio. The other assistant designers were Jan Scoones and Ian McNee. A year later, Tom Arnold was employed as Head of Design when Dave Jenkin retired.

Design Process

She recalls the design process “We drew ideas and then made mock ups on the cups and plates. Either wrap around or motif designs, painted in gouache on paper. When they were accepted by the Sales Team we did colour separations by hand, often up to 6 colours on permatrace with black ink. So one separation for each colour with a registration mark in 3 corners to line it up. This was then transferred to film work by Rennies Illustrations in Parnell. The film was used in the final stage for getting the design onto a silk screen or etched metal plate depending on the process they were going to use.”

One of her favourite memories were the large metal barrels at the factory which were filled every day with broken china, bad glazing, dud colours or seconds that were beyond help. “If we were having a bad day we could go down to the factory where these bins were, don some goggles and smash the china to our heart’s content with an iron bar. It was very satisfying.”

Employment

Juliet was made redundant in September 1982 which left the design department with only 2 designers. She went on to work as an Art Technician & Loans Officer for the School Service at the Auckland Museum. She is currently Curator at the Ernest & Marion Davis Library, a medical history museum in Auckland.

Key works

Object Title Date Made Object Type
Cup - Last wave pattern 1980-1989 Cup
Child’s mug - Tootle train 1981-1982 Mug
Luncheon plate - Winter wheat 1980-1983 Lunch plate
Wall plaque - Islamic 1982 Wall plaque