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Post by Davee on January 2nd 2013, 11:00 pm

Kenneth Clark, ceramicist, born 31 July 1922; died 10 June 2012




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Post by studio-pots on January 3rd 2013, 4:23 pm

It is amazing how little of his work seems to be around, especially as I am in London and he was working here for the best part of 30 years up until 1980. You do see more work, epecially tiles, by his wife, Ann Wynn Reeves, though.

Such a shame as he was instumental in the development of a significant number of studio potters in the 1950s/1960s such as Gordon Baldwin, Alan Wallwork, Bernard Rooke and Eileen Nesbit to name just a few.

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Post by Davee on January 3rd 2013, 9:14 pm

Yes, I've found it virtually impossible to find any examples of his work, much written word and tiles but not many pots or bowls. Any idea of date on this one?

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Post by studio-pots on January 3rd 2013, 11:51 pm

Just a guess really but I would go for the early 1960s - certainly he was using those types of colours around that period.

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Post by tenpot on January 4th 2013, 9:28 am

kenneth Clark also wrote an influential book" the potters manual" in 1983 in it there is a wealth of pictures of him and other potters working and lots of pictures of pots including Lucie Rie, I went to the closing down sale at his Lewes studio but unfortunatley it was at the end and the interesting stuff had gone
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 2:34 pm

The dealer I know thrust this upon me and said 'Buy it!" - I trusted him. So probably by Ann Wynn Reeves ? It's 10mm thick.  Back has no marks except a hanging hook. Colours similar to the round one on this thread - 1955? 1965? -

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Post by big ed on February 10th 2013, 4:12 pm

It's a good looking piece , the complimentary colours are great , I wouldv'e said it looks scandi Shrugs

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 4:46 pm

Ed, the dealer was convinced it was Ken? I'm amazed that we have so little between us to compare with? So everyone's heard of him but there is only a few tiles kicking about? I don't getit? Waaah
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Post by NaomiM on February 10th 2013, 5:24 pm

If the tile's not signed then it's a difficult one because he loved to experiment so his style was very variable.

This is one I picked up last year, which he made late in life (1997) when he was copying William de Morgan's red lustre work. (Working in collaboration with Margery Clinton).
The tile blank is one he's bought off the shelf rather than made himself, (manufactured by H&E Smith).

(There was a second one on the dealer's stall which was like a rather washed out and over-fired flower tile by Minton).




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Post by studio-pots on February 10th 2013, 6:02 pm

22 Crawford St. wrote:The dealer I know thrust this upon me and said 'Buy it!" - I trusted him. So probably by Ann Wynn Reeves ? It's 10mm thick. Back has no marks except a hanging hook. Colours similar to the round one on this thread - 1955? 1965? -

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It is difficult to say if it is Kenneth Clark but it could be.

I don't think that it is by his wife (AWR), as all of her work that I have seen have been on commercial tile blanks.

I have a copy of his 1964 Studio Vista book "Practical Pottery & Ceramics", which does show that he made some tiles of his own and the colours of your piece would fit but I haven't seen anything like your piece to be definite either way.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 6:27 pm

Thanks for the replies all and Naomi for the alternate tile. I'll have to wait for more examples to come along. I might check with the dealer when I go shopping again
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Post by big ed on February 10th 2013, 6:43 pm

Can you show a pic of the back of the Plaque/tile , I have had similar designs with Danish pieces and Schaeffenacker , especially in the high raised design like yours .

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 7:06 pm

...as if by magic....







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Post by big ed on February 10th 2013, 7:21 pm

Thanks does that look like the remnant of a label ?

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Post by dantheman on February 10th 2013, 7:53 pm

the glazes don't look German to me

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 8:31 pm

There is a hanger someone has stuck on and yes, small glue mark of removed label? 15mm x 15mm at 45 deg under hanger.


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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 10th 2013, 9:53 pm

Kenneth Clark obituary - Kenneth Inman Carr Clark, ceramicist, born 31 July 1922; died 10 June 2012

(Including simple yellow flower tile)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/jul/18/kenneth-clark#
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Post by NaomiM on February 11th 2013, 12:25 pm

So probably by Ann Wynn Reeves ?

There are several Ann Wynn Reeves tiles on ebay at the moment, and all are on bought in blanks.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 17th 2013, 11:16 pm

Tiles all sold, I'm discounting AWR. Not messy enough. Could it be Schäffenacker? German?

This Schäffenacker 'Lion Plate' is similar.. Does the 6 inch size point to UK?

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t2936p30-schaffenacker
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Post by big ed on February 18th 2013, 1:42 pm

22 Crawford St. wrote:Tiles all sold, I'm discounting AWR. Not messy enough. Could it be Schäffenacker? German?

This Schäffenacker 'Lion Plate' is similar.. Does the 6 inch size point to UK?

http://precisensan.se/en/ceramic/other-ceramics/ceramic-plate-lion-schaffenacker/

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t2936p30-schaffenacker

I'm pretty sure it's not Schaeffenacker , 6" 0r 15cm wouldn't have anybearing of origin , but Doubt it's from the UK .

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 10th 2013, 9:00 pm

Dan, yes someone delete that post if needed the tile is not Schäffenacker - check out this link;


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00310/KCC011f_310927c.jpg


http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/obituaries/article3461096.ece

This collecting lark is fun when your research efforts work out! I've reposted my image rotated 90 degrees and the pattern of geometric ridges and shapes is the same is it not? Pity you can't read the full article without subscribing Waaah The dealer I got this from did say it was by Kenneth, looks like he was right.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 10th 2013, 11:22 pm

I've had this green kicking about for a while and all I know is that it is definitely not Wallwork. When searching for the other tile I came across this page with an orange tile attributed to Kenneth Clark.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robmcrorie/7480630224/








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Post by NaomiM on March 11th 2013, 12:06 am

Can you upload a photo of the reverse - I believe he bought blanks. Is there a tile manufacturer's name on the back?

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 11th 2013, 12:24 am

Naomi it's a standsrd HR Jhonson, it's not pretty as it's been 'glued'. H&R JOHSON LTD (TOP) W7 68 (LEFT) 1 P4 (RIGHT) MADE IN ENGLAND (BOTTOM) - There is a pencil mark 'ST4' which probably means nothing.

This other link puts the date at 1970. It does resemble the right hand tile. It's worth recording as it might help someone else in the future.I wonder if my number 68 means 1968? longshot? Shrugs

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robmcrorie/7427255398/
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Post by NaomiM on March 11th 2013, 7:42 am

Looks very like one of his. Impossible to be 100% but if I was buying there's enough evidence there to convince me it was one of his.

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