Te Toi Uku

Te Toi Uku

Te Toi Uku is a small gem of a museum celebrating West Auckland's ceramic heritage and showcasing the big national story of Crown Lynn.


Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn and Clayworks Museum celebrates and preserves a vibrant heritage of industrial ceramics and commercial pottery in West Auckland. We hold the most extensive collection of Crown Lynn ceramics in Aotearoa, and onsite is the historic Gardner Brothers Kiln, the last remaining structure of Auckland's brick-making era.

A small community focused museum, we tell a big story of national significance. The West Auckland clay industry fired the material to build the very fabric of Auckland and towns in Aotearoa, as well as made the plates that filled the country’s pantries with crockery. Crown Lynn ceramics were part of our everyday life, often given as wedding gifts and on special occasions, it triggers nostalgia nationwide.

We're passionate about sharing our heritage and inspiring people of all ages and cultures to participate in our activities, from museum research to children's clay workshops. We are also a valuable educational resource for our young people, hosting learners and offering creative activities.

Administered by the independent charity, The Portage Ceramics Trust, Te Toi Uku is supported by Auckland Council, but relies on other fundraising to seek a shortfall of 40% of our operational expenses. This is critical to keeping the lights on and doors open.

By supporting us, you will be helping preserve our heritage for future generations, offering exciting new opportunities to engage in and celebrate New Zealand ceramics. You will help us care for the collection and continue to remain open to the public.

We welcome all donations and support for the museum.

More about us

Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn & Clayworks Museum, administered by the Portage Ceramics Trust, celebrates a rich West Auckland ceramics heritage collection, from our early industrial brick-making days to the iconic Crown Lynn era.

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Marie 1 day ago
Portage Ceramics Trust

Thank you very much for your support.

Portage Ceramics Trust
Cameron 1 day ago
This museum is testament to part of the multi-generational manufacturing operations, crafts-people-ship, and 'number 8 wire' attitudes and strong determination which have shaped our country. Why isn't there more corporate sponsorship of worthy historical charities such as this to inspire others to start new enterprises all over New Zealand ?
Portage Ceramics Trust

Thank you so much for your support and comments.

Portage Ceramics Trust
Dianne 1 day ago
Let's all chip in as much as we can as this history is our heritage in New Lynn. There are very few private museums as good as this!
Portage Ceramics Trust

Thank you so much for your support. It's incredible history and a privilege to share it, thank you!

Portage Ceramics Trust
Jess on 12 Mar 2024
Thank you for supporting our Pasifika programming at Te Atatu Peninsula Community Hub.
Portage Ceramics Trust

Thank you so much for your support! It was a pleasure to share our Pasifika stories and research.

Portage Ceramics Trust
Sarah on 21 Oct 2022
Love the website and hope to get to the museum one day!

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