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Post by r-and-f on April 29th 2015, 8:05 pm

Roy: here's the Hen and the mark on her base (well, on the base of her nest, actually).  





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Post by RoyJ99 on April 29th 2015, 8:32 pm

I'll probably see the seller tomorrow at a general auction I go to to trawl through the lots, I'll ask him if he still has the hen and another large 30cm+ bowl that was marked with "BUTE".
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Post by r-and-f on June 14th 2016, 10:33 am

Some recent acquisitions by Alex Sharp produced at Morar and Isle of Bute potteries.











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from Alexander Sharp's Grandaughter (on behalf of his wife Elizabeth)

Post by BTaylor1 on February 5th 2017, 11:21 pm

Hello to anyone on this forum.

I have been requested to write to any of you who have any interest in my grandfather's pottery.My name is Beth Taylor (Nee Sharp). I am Alex's granddaughter and currently live with my grandmother, Elizabeth Sharp. Sadly, I didn't possess the same talent (I am instead training as an opera singer, very much inspired by his love of classical music).


My aunt had come across this forum by accident and when she showed it to my gran, she was pleasantly surprised to see some people who are clearly very fond of his work. She isn't able to use a computer but was keen to get in touch to let any one know that if they have any questions regarding my grandfather's pottery, they can get in touch through me here or personal email. She also has many pieces here at home that she would be happy to show anyone who may be interested in the future- she knows a lot about his work.


My gran, as did Alex eventually, lost her hearing many years ago and is unable to communicate by regular telephone and would require things written on paper as her lip-reading isn't at an efficient stage.

Please feel free to get in touch with me anytime.

Best wishes,

Beth
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Re: Alexander (Alex) Sharp

Post by dantheman on February 6th 2017, 1:01 am

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Post by NaomiM on February 6th 2017, 1:51 am

Most Excellent

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Post by NaomiM on February 6th 2017, 1:53 am

It's alway great to have personal reminiscences of the potter for future collectors of their work. Anything your gran would like to say about Alex Sharp could be added to this thread for posterity.

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Re: Alexander (Alex) Sharp

Post by r-and-f on February 6th 2017, 4:57 pm

Hello Beth.  I'm a collector of your Grandfather's pots and have more than 20 of them.  As you can see from previous postings on this thread, my opinion is that he was perhaps the best studio potter in the Leach tradition who worked in Scotland, and I believe that he deserves to be much better known.  I have about a million questions for your Gran, and if I may I'll PM you in a few days' time to ask the first few of them.

In the meantime, here's a photo of one of my favourites, a superb tenmoku-glazed jug, in use today to display daffodils in the sitting-room.

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Post by skay on February 6th 2017, 8:44 pm

r-and-f wrote:........  I have about a million questions for your Gran, and if I may I'll PM you in a few days' time]

Please don't just pm, we all want to know and see!

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Post by r-and-f on May 11th 2017, 11:37 pm

Through the contact with Alex Sharp's granddaughter above, I was able to get in touch with Mrs Sharp, and have now met her twice.  She's a very remarkable lady and has given me a huge amount of information about Alex's career, which I'm trying to put together into an article for publication.  And she's also let me acquire some additional pieces for my collection, some made in the early 1950s at St Ives as a pupil of Bernard Leach, some at Bute Pottery between about 1960 and 1985, and some from post-retirement days made in the greenhouse at the bottom of his garden in Glasgow.  Photos of the best pieces follow.

Celadon chawan with a thick drippy glaze, made post-retirement:


   


Small bud vase.  This pot was Alex's special pick from the first firing of the gas kiln at Bute Pottery.





A small repaired bowl made at St Ives bearing Alex's early seal.






A large deep Bute Pottery bowl, 10 inches in diameter.





A fabulous wax resist sunflower-decorated 12-inch charger from Bute Pottery.





A huge slender 20-inch vase.



A charming brown-glazed and decorated figure made at Bute Pottery not by Alex but by his wife Elizabeth, who also made earthenware lustre-glazed jewellery.



Elizabeth's oil-on-canvas portrait of Alex holding the celadon chawan, and with the sunflower charger on the table beside him.
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Post by NaomiM on May 12th 2017, 1:43 am

Great pieces. Especially love the chawan

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Re: Alexander (Alex) Sharp

Post by brin mcardle on May 12th 2017, 1:33 pm

Love them...envious
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