Story: Crafts and applied arts

Doreen Blumhardt, around 1976 (3rd of 4)

Doreen Blumhardt, around 1976

Pottery and education were the twin pillars of Doreen Blumhardt's life. She attended art school and trained as a teacher in Christchurch in the 1930s. In 1942 she was employed by Director of Education Clarence Beeby to devise a national programme for arts and crafts in schools. She was head of the arts department of Wellington Teachers' College from 1951 to 1972. In 2003 she established the Blumhardt Foundation, in part to support emerging artists and curators. Throughout her education career Blumhardt worked as a potter and exhibited nationally and internationally.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crafts Council of New Zealand Collection
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Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, 'Crafts and applied arts - Old and new aesthetics, 1930s and 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 June 2021)

Story by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, published 22 Oct 2014