Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

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Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by r-and-f on February 7th 2014, 11:40 pm

Hi. I just bought this 21cm tall stoneware vase as part of a mixed lot of studio pottery. The mark at the edge of the base has been mostly filled in with glaze and can't be read.  The lot also included a big charger by David Frith with his earlier dfp mark. Can anyone confirm (or otherwise) if the vase is (or isn't) by him too? If not, any other ideas please?

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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by NaomiM on February 8th 2014, 12:05 am

I've checked it against various photos of David Frith's marks and can't match the small piece of a letter with any of them, so I'd have to say it's unlikely. But hopefully others will know better.

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Post by studio-pots on February 8th 2014, 9:27 am

The style of the vase and its decoration do suggest that it might well have been David Frith. However, I agree with Naomi that the part of the impressed seal that is visible doesn't seem to match up with any of his marks.

In reality the only person who is going to be able to say one way or the other is David Frith himself.

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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by r-and-f on February 8th 2014, 10:59 am

Thank you Naomi and S-P. I agree that what we can see of the mark doesn't look like his - unless it's just a part of the bottom wavy line of the Brookhouse Pottery seal. But the clay, the potting, the glaze and the decoration do all look and feel like work by David Frith. I'll try emailing him and if I get an answer I'll post it here.
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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by r-and-f on February 10th 2014, 4:01 pm

I emailed Brookhouse Pottery and got this very prompt and helpful reply from Margaret Frith (quoted with her permission):

"This is definitely not David as we can tell by the decoration! It is probably one of our students as it is most certainly our techniques and kaki glaze.  After having done schools for 30 years or more there are quite a lot of potters using these techniques.

Cannot say unless we saw it in the flesh whether it was fired here!  Still it has a nice quality to it! If we could see the mark it might help! Keep it anyway.

Best wishes

Margaret"

So I guess this one might remain a mystery.  But I will keep it anyway.
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Post by NaomiM on February 10th 2014, 4:54 pm

"This is definitely not David as we can tell by the decoration!

A bit too flowery for him, presumably.  Laughter 

Nice to get such a prompt response.  Excellent 

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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by r-and-f on November 29th 2017, 3:02 pm

This vase has now been positively identified as being by the late Iain Denniss, who (as we thought) was indeed a student of the Friths at Brookhouse Pottery.

Thanks to Caroline Fitzpatrick, the potter's widow, who has much more information which I'll be posting on the Iain Denniss thread.
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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by philpot on November 29th 2017, 4:24 pm

Now that is interesting.
Job well done!
Indeed, the glaze looks like one from Brookhouse pottery.
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Re: Iain Denniss, a student of David Frith

Post by NaomiM on November 29th 2017, 5:58 pm

That's great :) I think my jug with very Frith-y glaze, was by him

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