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Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by potterymad62 on April 1st 2010, 7:54 pm



Hi

Can anyone help with identifying this Porthleven Potter.

Regards Ernie.


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Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery near Helston Cornwall

Post by potterymad62 on March 19th 2013, 8:41 pm

Graham Fern pottery tankard. He set up his pottery in the small seaside town of Porthleven near Helston in Cornwall UK. The pottery was very short lived and I think ran through the 70s & early 80s and closed in the mid late 80s. His wife Fenella also a potter, never seen or came across any of her pots. They closed the pottery and moved to New Zealand and a great friend of Norman Taylor of the Bolingey Pottery.

There's not much details & info on the pottery. However I still doing the research on the pottery. The tankard below is one of Graham's fine Soda Glaze designs & his gf base marks.

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My bad Grammer

Post by potterymad62 on March 19th 2013, 8:53 pm

Sorry for my poor grammer in the Graham Fern title topic. Here is another Graham Fern. I have a lovely rare cobalt blue dish with an engraved fish design by Mr Fern, I think I have a picture some where on my external hardrive, must dig it out and post.

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by skipposal on March 19th 2013, 9:09 pm

Like that toasty coloured body, bit like Muchelney at its best
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on April 15th 2013, 11:27 pm

Porthleven jug in the same pattern.







Kicking myself that I didn't photograph the seller's other set of Porthleven pottery which was in a delicate off-white glaze. I only got one of the base of the large platter -


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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by slopingsteve on March 8th 2014, 4:49 pm



Fishy dishy - about 9 inches across - by Graham Fern with a large scrolling Porthleven inscribed on the bottom, and a lovely set of hundreds of concentric arcs where the wire has cut the plate from the wheel.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by timchapman on April 3rd 2014, 6:43 pm

Hi The Potter is Brian Jasper.
He worked in Porthleven in the early 1970s. He was there before Graham Fern, but after John Cheney.
I can find no current reference to him on the internet.
I have a coffee pot, jug and bowl made by him, so can confirm the mark.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by dantheman on April 6th 2014, 9:26 am

thanks Tim and welcome to the forum.  Happy 

We would love to see and hear about some of your pottery

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by brin mcardle on May 25th 2014, 11:34 pm





Gorgeous Porthleven Soda Glaze Jug by Graham Fern...already identified by Naomi. It was bought to sell but I may fallen in love with it
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on July 12th 2014, 2:55 pm

Tall cylinder by Graham Fern






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Nice little Bowl...with a very clear mark ??

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on January 28th 2015, 7:35 pm

I think it might be JC for Jano Clarke. A little known potter based in Dunster, Somerset and potting until recently. Saw one of her jugs last year and looked up the mark. I hope she's still potting because I'd love one of her jugs.

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by BrandX on January 28th 2015, 9:20 pm

Its Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery - have just identified the same mark after searching for about a year.

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11619-graham-fern-porthleven-pottery-near-helston-cornwallm
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on January 28th 2015, 9:30 pm

BrandX wrote:Its Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery - have just identified the same mark after searching for about a year.

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11619-graham-fern-porthleven-pottery-near-helston-cornwallm

Agreed. Graham Fern. Excellent

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by denbydump on January 29th 2015, 12:33 am

Surely it's either JC, CJ or fD, Df depending which way up?



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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on January 29th 2015, 1:49 am

That swipe across the front of the pot is typical of Graham Fern's style of decoration,

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by BrandX on January 29th 2015, 12:58 pm

Mark is the same, decoration is the same... no doubt.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

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Graham Fern Bowl.

Post by potterymad62 on September 23rd 2015, 8:03 pm

Very nice large Graham Fern Bowl.







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Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery

Post by Greenie1689 on January 25th 2016, 1:45 pm

Can anyone help identify the potter here, please?







To my eyes, the mark looks like ST - Saint?

It stands about 24cm tall.

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by Greenie1689 on January 25th 2016, 2:28 pm

Thanks Naomi! Spot on as always.

Google images has a pot which, although a different shape, has very similar construction, decoration and stamp:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504242359515/

I must confess I only bought it because it was very cheap but, sitting on our mantelpiece for the last 7 or 8 months, it has really grown on me.

Once again, thanks.


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Graham Fern at work

Post by timchapman on March 9th 2016, 10:32 pm

Google "Porthleven Pottery You Tube" to see a short video which includes Graham Fern at work.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by cycladelic on April 19th 2016, 10:13 am

Here's a vase that's just over 8" tall...

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Fenella Fern Vase - Porthleven/New Zealand

Post by potterymad62 on September 14th 2016, 3:45 pm

Scarce Fenella Fern pottery vase made at the Porthleven Pottery and I think she still uses this design in New Zealand. I have done some research below and I don't know how accurate the info is here as there is no history here regarding her time in the UK before Fenella and Graham left for Zew Zealand. So any input or corrections welcome.


New Zealand Potters


Waikato Society of Potters

The Waikato Society of Potters was formed in 1972.

The Society is a non-profit making organisation and the committee (all volunteers) meet once a month and consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and committee members.

Members are from the greater Waikato and include people who are interested in pottery as a hobby, as well as professional, full-time potters. In addition there is a part time manager employed to oversee the studio facilities and arrange the teaching calendar.

Location

The Society’s rooms are located at Ward Park Art Centre, corner Ward Street and Seddon Road, Hamilton. Equipment for use by members includes electric kilns, one gas kiln, wood kiln, raku kiln, 12 electric potter wheels, a slab roller, extruders, glaze spray booths and moulds, library, office and kitchen area. Fenella in brackets.


Committee members
Wendy Thomson
Caryl Ginever
Gill Pritchard
Yasmin Davis
Susan St Lawrence
(Fenella Fern)
Burns Macaskill
Ron Pedder





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