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Post by denbydump on July 8th 2014, 6:05 pm

A 5.5 in porcelain vase.



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Post by studio-pots on July 8th 2014, 11:56 pm

I remember going home to see my parents in 1980 and in the Lincolnshire village where I was brought up a man had recently moved there, who made something called "studio pottery".

So Will Illsley was my first contact with this bizarre profession.

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Post by dantheman on July 9th 2014, 12:41 pm

Here's a lidded pot in soda glaze




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Post by eshearm on October 14th 2014, 8:44 am

Hi this vase is 14" tall and hand thrown,  I am not 100% sure on the mark





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Post by studio-pots on October 14th 2014, 9:05 am

The type of pot is typical of Will's work and he's funny that way in that when he stick a handle and a pouring lip on his vases he calls them jugs. Embarrassed

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Post by dantheman on October 14th 2014, 1:03 pm

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Will trained at Loughborough College of Art and Leicester Polytechnic where he specialised in Furniture Design. He then taught Art and Design at Uppingham School for six years running their Design Centre.
He set up his first pottery studio in Seaton, just outside Uppingham in 1978 and also worked as part time lecturer in Ceramics at the College of FE in Melton Mowbray. 1982 saw a move to a much larger studio and workshop in Rippingale, Lincolnshire, and in 1987 he moved to Stamford with his wife Chris and their two young children.
Torkington House on St.Peter\'s Street proved an ideal location in which to open a gallery and sell other artists work alongside their own and provide generous workspace for them both. Torkington Gallery supported a growing number of artists, and numerous exhibitions and workshops took place over the following 10 years.
Will has regularly taken part in exhibitions regionally and nationally over the last thirty years. He was a selected member of the Anglian Potters Association, and also Chairman of the Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts Association for several years.
Will\'s sculptures can probably best be described as semi-abstract, containing suggestions of figurative or organic elements. Ideas come from a wide range of sources include African and Oceanic art, bones, bodies, fossils, shells and stones.

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Post by lindylou08 on June 4th 2015, 12:09 pm

HI
I MAY have seen this mark in one of the posts on here but can't be sure. Rather like a trident but could be a form of W. Hope I'm not being more foolish than usual and that it's very obvious !!  Embarrassed

 


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Post by studio-pots on June 4th 2015, 5:59 pm

Yes, that's Will's mark.

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Post by lindylou08 on June 4th 2015, 6:14 pm

Thanks both. So I had seen it !
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Post by lindylou08 on June 5th 2015, 5:19 pm

I'm happy that we ( you) have identified the mark as Will Illsley.  However on the Winchcombe thread is this image



I can't believe how similar they are - except maybe for the dot/blob on the right and that the outside strokes of the W are slightly more splayed.
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Post by studio-pots on June 5th 2015, 5:41 pm

The dot means that Ray Finch made the Winchcombe pot - it was one of his personal marks.

However, the marks are very different - that is when the potter impresses the Winchcombe seal correctly so that the centre letter comes out looking like a P as it should rather than I as it does in this example.

Probably due to the curve on the pot, making Ray impress his seal poorly.

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