Mystery potter #54: Estelle Boak

E. Boak. Bottle E. Boak. Bowl

Amongst the pots that I rediscovered when unpacking boxes for our new exhibition was this three sided bottle with turned neck. It is glazed a satin black with a diagonally-positioned anamorphic chequerboard square on two sides. We have another work by E. Boak in our collection equally playful in its design. It is a small bowl shaped like a fish, with sponged and airbrushed colours. I guess these date from the eighties or early nineties but I haven’t been able to find any mention of the potter.


Estelle Boak is a Western Australian potter mentioned in Watt, Janet Kovesi Perth Studio Potters : the first 50 years 1957 – 2007 (1st ed). Cottesloe, Western Australia Perth Studio Potters, 2009.


  1. I have four cups that have the fish on them by the same potter, she is from Perth. The cups have a little crab hand made crab on the inside,very cute.

  2. The decoration and colors do reflect the late 80’s – early 90’s as you say, but like nothing I’ve seen before. A bit Italian maybe. They look like very well resolved designs using a number of techniques, great skill.

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