Welcome to Te Toi Uku
Te Toi Uku is a small museum in Auckland’s New Lynn which houses the collection of the Portage Ceramics Trust.
The Trust was set up in 2005 to purchase a private collection relating to Crown Lynn. Now the museum tells the stories of the West Auckland clay industry, from the early clay pipe-making days to the Crown Lynn era.
Crown Lynn Collections
The collection includes a variety of items used in the manufacture of Crown Lynn ceramics including ram press cases, metal engraving plates, backstamps, moulds and models ...
Crown Lynn made ceramics for children from the 1950s, the decoration themes included nursery rhymes, animals and children’s characters such as Basil Brush and the Wombles ...
Thousands of dinnerware patterns were produced by Crown Lynn, as well as shapes and sets designed for different markets ...
Crown Lynn made hard wearing vitrified porcelain wares for government and commercial customers such as hotels. The crockery was decorated with the logo which we have described as Badged ware. Examples include NZ Army and Air New Zealand ...
Luke Adams Pottery
Luke Adams Pottery was based in the South Island and manufactured the souvenir ware Ngakura for Crown Lynn. From 1965 to 1975 the Pottery manufactured Crown Lynn shapes ...
Porcelain electrical fixtures, bathroom wares were all produced by Crown Lynn Technical Ceramics Ltd ...