Biographical entry: Poynter, Maude (1869 - 1945)
Maude Poynter, potter and painter, grew up in Victoria, studied painting and pottery in England, worked as a VAD during the First World War, and in 1918 moved to Ratho, at Bothwell.
A resourceful woman, she built a studio with a large wood-fired kiln and exhibited and sold pottery from 1919. Her works are colourful and energetic, often featuring Australian animals and plants. They demonstrate her strengths as a painter and her capacity for drawing and modelling. With a keen interest in experimentation, she worked with a range of techniques and produced large-scale wheel-thrown pottery as well as functional domestic wares. Some works feature three-dimensional elements that form handles or applied decoration. Later works depict landscapes and interpretations of contemporary events. She was Tasmania's first studio potter.