(Excerpt from the Introduction in Hertha Kluge-Pott: Printmaker by Hilary Maddocks)

‘Hertha Kluge-Pott has been on of Australia’s foremost printmakers for more than half a century. Born in Berlin in 1934, she belongs to that generation of European migrants that so greatly enriched Australia’s cultural landscape post-World War II. After initial studies in printmaking at the Berlin Academy, she arrived in Melbourne in 1958, continuing her studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with printmaker Tate Adams.

In 1963, she was on of the initial two graduates of the first Diploma of Printmaking in Australia.

At the vanguard of the resurgence of Australian printmaking in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, Kluge-Pott was a foundation member of the Print Council of Australia and participated in many significant print exhibitions, beginning with Prints ’63 and Australian Print Survey in 1963–64.

As well as being an artist of considerable talent, Kluge-Pott has also been a highly influential tertiary teacher, first at the Melbourne State College, where for 10 years she taught printmaking to trainee art teachers, and then for 15 years at RMIT, on of the country’s foremost printmaking schools, where she succeeded George Baldessin in 1978 as lecturer in printmaking.’

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