This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012
Lucie Emilie Shorter (Lulu) (1887-1989), china-painter, was born on 29 or 31 July 1887 at Burwood, Sydney, second of seven children of English-born John Shorter and his New South Wales-born wife Emily Jane, née Butler. Her father was the Australasian agent in Sydney for the British ceramics firm Doulton & Co. and her mother an artist. Educated at Wesleyan (Burwood) Ladies’ College, in 1904-07 'Lulu' studied art at
In 1908 Lulu travelled with her father, spending six months in
One of Shorter’s best-known transfer-printed and painted designs was a stylised waratah, which appeared in 1912 on Doulton tea services and toilet sets; this pattern was also available in a flambé red glaze. It was company policy not to pay freelance designers but they presented her with a large, valuable Edward Raby vase. Her designs for Doulton were seen as exceptional and the botanist and museum curator Richard T. Baker, writing in the Technical Gazette of New South Wales (May 1912), recognised their significance: 'It must be regarded as a compliment to our local Technical Institution that such a firm . . . should have accepted design work from an Australian student'.
Shorter was closely involved as a director in the family business, John Shorter Pty Ltd, a manufacturers’ importing agency established in 1923. In 1935 she travelled with her father to
Arianne Rourke, 'Shorter, Lucie Emilie (Lulu) (1887–1989)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/shorter-lucie-emilie-lulu-15489/text26704, published in hardcopy 2012, accessed online 19 September 2014.
This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 18, (MUP), 2012