• The large iron machine in the centre is a blunger. A blunger mixes clay and water for the making of ceramics. This blunger is from the old Crown Lynn factory part of a small area managed by the Portage Ceramics Trust. It is all that remains of the large plant site that was Crown Lynn Pottery. The rest of the site, other than a children’s playground was turned into medium density residential.

  • Crown Lynn Potteries began by making building supplies such as pipes and electrical insulators.

  • Part of the Trusts archive and storage area.

  • Part of the display, cups and saucers from the 1960s.

  • Vases.

  • An old buggy from the ceramics plant is used as a display table.

  • For the day, Craig Miller display’s part of his ‘coffee in hospitality’ collection, including the white, with red strip, cups used in hospitality, factory canteens, marae, and government departments.

  • Craig explains some of the pieces. Others enjoy looking at the Trust’s display.

  • A display of plates.

  • The Ernst Plishke replica book-table is used to display the ‘coffee in hospitality’ collection. The archive box on the lower shelf contains John Calvin’s scrapbook, the history of Fagg’s Coffee. Fagg’s coffee in Crown Lynn cups was served at the ‘Coffee Gallery’ in Massey House, Wellington. Massy House in Lambton Quay was designed by Plishke. He designed the ‘Coffee Gallery’ on a mezzanine inside Parson’s Bookshop. Plishke designed the book- table for Parsons Bookshop.

  • Pages from the restored scrapbook of John Calvin.

  • Mr Miller after packing the collection up in their Pelican containers.

  • On the open day an oval plate was donated to the Portage Ceramics Trust. The plate shows Auckland central city with the main hotels marked. A red dot has been added to show where Miller’s Coffee is today. Just made it, on the rim.

  • Liam and Craig setting up the Miller’s Coffee bar.

  • Arielle helps out setting up the coffee bar. Finn looks on.

  • Craig Miller begins the pour. The coffee is Suzy’s Blend, put together by Suzy van de Kwast at Fagg’s Coffee for her Wellington coffeehouse, Suzy’s Coffee Lounge in 1964. The cups and saucers are from the Miller’s Coffee Crown Lynn collection.

  • Suzy’s Blend in Crown Lynn cups. Most of the Miller’s Coffee Crown Lynn collection is around 50 years old. The brown cup in the foreground is from the 1970s. They have come back to the place they were made to been used by a new generation of New Zealander’s. For the day.

  • People enjoying the coffee culture event.

  • The tea-towel hanging at the back, centre, is a depiction of the New Zealand Railways mug made by Crown Lynn. A central item in New Zealand nostalgia ephemera.

  • At the right of the coffee bar is some home baking. Made by some of Trustees of the Portage Heritage Trust. Home baking with Suzy’s Blend in a Crown Lynn cup and saucer; retro-buzz.

  • Coffee culture is an adult activity and ritual. The Portage Ceramics Trust made sure there were children activities and made to feel welcome.

  • Two tables were set up. One had clay which children could mould, and paper plate on which they could hand design. Here the big kids get things started, channelling Crown Lynn.

  • The bunting flags are handmade from cloth. They flutter, move with the wind naturally and quietly.

  • The plates with their artwork are displayed around the ?

  • Children enjoy the feel of earth at the clay table.

  • The New Lynn branch of Auckland City Libraries put up a text and visual display of the Crown Lynn Potteries plant.

  • Excuse me security, who is this man?

  • The Portage Ceramics Trust site.