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Post by potterymad62 on March 16th 2013, 7:29 pm

The late Sir Humfrey Wakefield Pottery Vase. The Garrison Pottery St Mary's Isles of Scilly, sadly he passed away a few years ago in the early 00s.

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Post by potterymad62 on March 16th 2013, 8:05 pm

skipposal wrote:Great glaze. Was he a full-time potter?

Yes he was. He became a potter almost by accident. After learning to fly Tiger Moths, Harvards and Wellingtons, the war finished and Humfrey went to Oxford, where he studied classical history and philosophy, including archaeology and Greek pottery.

He was fascinated by the way the Greeks made their pots and vases, and stuck them together, so after a crash course in pottery lasting a fortnight, and making his own potter's wheel which he still uses he established himself as a potter. His potter's wheel is astonishing: "I developed it from the old fashioned lathes for turning wood, pedalling with one foot. I thought it was ridiculous using one foot so mine uses two. I made it in 1955 I have an electric one too but never use it."

He set up his pottery in his father's house on the Isles of Scilly where it remains today as far away from potential customers as it was possible to be. Fortunately, a contract arrived for flower vases for P&O and then came Prime Minister Harold Wilson, complete with pipe, pint and an ill-fitting pair of shorts. It triggered the development of tourism on the islands. Customers began to arrive by boat and helicopter, and Humfrey's ergonomically designed wheel. Even at the age of 84 the word "retirement" does not enter his vocabulary and his moped still roars up the steep hill into town with pedestrians jumping to one side for survival

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Sir Humfrey in 2000 Most Excellent
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Post by skipposal on March 16th 2013, 8:08 pm

How fantastic. He looks a real character!
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Post by NaomiM on March 16th 2013, 8:42 pm

Almost bought one of his on ebay but was out bid. Beautiful vase:

http://pinterest.com/pin/175077504236290331/

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Post by vanmann on March 18th 2013, 9:00 pm

I listed this nice one, albeit a small one, twice last month at 3.00 and didn't even get a watcher never mind a bid

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Post by vanmann on March 19th 2013, 9:03 am

3 1/2inches tall
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Post by skipposal on March 19th 2013, 12:07 pm

It might be just me, but that gold label would have put me off. I don't associate them with studio pottery Shrugs
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Post by vanmann on March 19th 2013, 1:56 pm

It has also got the usual printed stamp to base
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Post by DIANE on March 19th 2013, 4:00 pm



My sister tried to sell this one of my mothers but it didn't get any interest.
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Re: Sir Humfrey Wakefield

Post by Davee on March 24th 2013, 5:52 pm

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Re: Sir Humfrey Wakefield

Post by potterymad62 on August 17th 2016, 3:16 pm

Nice Humfrey Wakefield tankard.




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