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Te Toi Uku
The Portage Ceramics Trust was formed in 2005 to purchase a large private collection of ceramics and pottery-making equipment relating to Crown Lynn Potteries Limited, a highly successful New Zealand company whose products were in virtually every New Zealand home.
Clay based industries and arts have been part of the West Auckland community since the mid-nineteenth century. The collection has grown to include heavy clay objects and machinery from the Gardner Brothers and Parker Museum which was based in the current premises, Ambrico Studio, adjacent to the historic downdraft Gardner Kiln in Ambrico Place, New Lynn. Te Toi Uku, is the name for the new space. Te Toi Uku can be translated as ‘the art of clay’. The collection is administered by the Portage Ceramics Trust, with the support of the Auckland Council through the Whau Local Board.