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Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by studio-pots on July 23rd 2013, 8:09 pm

Michael Cardew was described by Bernard Leach, as being his best pupil, so I think that he does at least deserve his own thread here on the Forum.

Not only that he was one of the most significant potters of the British studio pottery movement and arguably one of the finest slipware potters of all time.

The slipware that he produced at the Leach Pottery and at Winchcombe has become most sought after in recent times but you are going to have to make do with an image of a stoneware tenmoku jug, I'm afraid.


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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by studio-pots on July 23rd 2013, 8:13 pm

The jug above was made at his pottery at Wenford Bridge in Cornwall probably during the early 1970s and it had the Wenford Bridge mark as well as Cardew's personal seal as shown below: -



..... and yes you are correct these seals are from another pot rather than the jug but are identical.

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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by studio-pots on July 23rd 2013, 8:15 pm

Most of his earlier slipware was made at Winchcombe where most of his work would be marked with the Winchcombe seal and personal seal, as shown below: -


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Post by big ed on January 4th 2015, 3:30 pm



a large but damaged Cardew Bowl 4" high 14" diameter , chipped rims and cracks throughout , but solid just the same .

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MC Jug - Cardew

Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 29th 2016, 10:37 pm

Is this one right? - I asked SP and he kindly mentioned that it may be a shape from perhaps 1927-30? Got it today and has small chip just above the handle :(  It looks grubby enough to be right?

Anyone have a strong opinion one way or another?

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Post by NaomiM on July 30th 2016, 1:12 pm

I don't have a problem with it; it does look early. Not come across one in an octagonal shaped stamp but he kept the same font for his C so that looks right. Has a Fishley Holland look to the slip decoration which would also point to it being early.

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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by Mordeep on July 30th 2016, 3:42 pm

It's funny you should mention Fishley Holland as the first name I thought of when I noticed the MC is Michael Cardew and he learned to pot with Fishley Holland. A quick google does support that also as the Winchombe mark for Michael is the same as the one in the pic.

A very nice thing and in pretty high demand these days.
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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by Potty on July 30th 2016, 4:51 pm

Looks right to me anyway.

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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by studio-pots on July 30th 2016, 7:16 pm

I'm not an expert on slipware but it does look right to me. My only concern was that it didn't cost as much as I thought it should have done but it is that time of the year.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 30th 2016, 7:51 pm

It wasn't advertised as Cardew, just as as unknown studio pottery jug. I have a bit or two of Finch and Tustin but was a bit concerned - it was as SP say on the a little on the cheap side.
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Re: Michael Cardew 1901-1983

Post by Mordeep on July 31st 2016, 5:51 am

Bargains do happen at this time of year. People seem to turn off the computers and forget to look. My father and I just bought a mountain of 1930's Poole at auction at prices well below what we expected. It's a good time to be hunting.
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