John Perceval

In 1944, after being discharged from the army, the painter John Perceval (1923-2000), his new brother-in-law Arthur Boyd and the philosopher Peter Herbst purchased Hatton Beck's Neerim Pottery at Murrumbeena, and set up the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery, where they made domestic earthenware items to support their other interests. The pottery's production line was incised 'AMB' with some pieces thrown by Boyd and decorated by Perceval incised 'Boyd' and 'Perceval'. Perceval signed his own work with a painted 'Perceval' or 'P'. From 1947-53, the Percevals lived in a studio at the bottom of the garden of the Boyd family property, "Open Country". In 1954, Perceval moved his family to Canterbury. From 1957 to 1962, he made the series of angel figures for which he is most well-known as a ceramic artist, using a combination of wheel thrown and sculptural techniques.

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