Late last year, Rick Rudd reclaimed valuable working space at his Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics when he finished unpacking and sorting the huge Simon Manchester Collection.
Simon was a Wellington businessman who began collecting important New Zealand ceramics more than 30 years ago. He died at the age of 61 in July last year. He had expressed a wish that his collection of about 3000 works should be gifted to the Rick Rudd Foundation.
Rick says the job of packing the collection and bringing it to Whanganui was time-consuming and challenging, with every piece having to be documented and catalogued, work that will continue into the future. Some of the pieces are large and very heavy.
"We managed," says Rick.
While a lot of the collection is on display at Quartz, much is waiting for space, stored on metal shelving kindly donated and constructed by Michael Eden of GDM Retail Systems.
"That's incredibly generous," says Rick.