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Post by RVsaid on November 9th 2012, 9:04 am

The photo colour is slightly off as it was more a light earthy brown with speckles.

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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 2:32 pm

I'm really staggered that there is no Thread on Ray Finch.Certainly one of the longest practicing of 20th century Potters. Perhaps his very self-effacing nature,and his essential nature as Winchcombe pottery itself,masks just how good a potter he was.

              This is an early pre-war bowl,from his very 1st years at Winchcombe.



Here is the thread for Winchcombe Pottery:

http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t7608-winchcombe-pottery#29931
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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 2:35 pm

The personal  mark on the bowl. Used from circa 1937-45.


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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 2:37 pm

Ray Finch's jugs stand up there with the best.

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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 2:39 pm

Equally,his Salt Glaze is very good indeed.

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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 2:42 pm

The mark on the above jug.

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Post by philpot on June 16th 2013, 6:27 pm

Ray Finch did not do much porcelain. But he was still brilliant at the little he did. This is a Ray Finch six cup and saucer set with associated Tea Pot,Milk Jug and Sugar Bowl.All in porcelain.

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Post by Guest on August 16th 2014, 5:58 pm

Can anyone tell me if this is Ray Finch's personal seal mark? I'm confused as the w is not the same as in the book but it does have the dot. Thanks





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Post by NaomiM on August 16th 2014, 7:11 pm

I've been told that the inclusion of a dot in the mark means it's by Finch himself.

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Post by studio-pots on August 16th 2014, 11:08 pm

It is a rare Ray Finch mark that seems to date from the mid 1970s. I have only ever seen one other example with pointed bottoms to the W and the dot.

By the end of the Seventies he was using the W with rounded bottoms and the dot that he continued to use for the rest of his career. Before that his personal mark changed a number of times.

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Post by studio-pots on August 17th 2014, 11:08 am

Having checked "the book" the information there is not complete and the jumble of marks are unhelpful. That is unless the information was revised in the 2nd edition, as I only have the first.

When looking at work that might possibly be by Ray Finch you need to know which marks were used on earthenware and which were used on stoneware as well.

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Post by dantheman on August 17th 2014, 12:17 pm

I think the images on this thread are far more informative than the book.

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Post by studio-pots on August 17th 2014, 1:06 pm

The mark below is a personal mark of Ray's that comes from a press moulded dish that appears to have been made in the early 1960s.

This has the pointed W and no spot but regular Winchcombe stoneware pottery had the rounded W rather than the pointed W mark.

Winchcombe standard earthenware had the pointed W mark like the mark below but this was smaller.



Note: This does not appear in BSPM.

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Post by denbydump on August 17th 2014, 2:05 pm

My Ray Finch pieces.



Marks: all terracotta pieces similarly marked RF.

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Post by studio-pots on August 17th 2014, 2:10 pm

Your terracotta earthenware pieces are likely to date from 1949 to 1952/3, so a mark with a short life span.

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Post by denbydump on August 17th 2014, 2:17 pm

The big jug and vase are cracked unfortunately, but they were only pennies.
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Post by denbydump on March 31st 2016, 1:19 pm

An oil bottle, thankfully still with it's little stopper. The mark is partly glazed
over, but it is RF.





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Post by denbydump on April 1st 2016, 9:45 pm

Is this vibrant green, more often seen on the Tustin's pieces, an ash glaze SP?
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Post by studio-pots on April 1st 2016, 10:10 pm

The slipware glazes used at Winchcombe were, as there name suggests, made up primarily of slip i.e. earthenware clay mixed with water. They also contained a little flint and ground galena, which is a naturally occurring lead ore.

The usual brown glaze was made up of a mixture of white ball clay and locally dug red clay and it was the iron in the red clay that gives the final brown colour.

The white galena glaze (a creamy white) didn't have any red clay and the green glaze, as above, was the white galena glaze with the addition of copper oxide.

So it's the copper that makes it green.

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Post by Potty on February 14th 2017, 7:32 pm

Any info on this one please?

It's a large tankard, holding upto 2 1/4 pints  Laughter

Some nice sgraffito decoration through the tenmoku glaze, but for some reason it's hard to see in the picture.




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Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 14th 2017, 8:08 pm

Beating Heart Beating Heart Beating Heart Jumping For Joy Most Excellent Most Excellent got the dot - yay lovely glaze
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