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Post by NaomiM on September 29th 2015, 6:48 pm

Yunomi by Brian Paul Bearne, (Rainbow Pottery, Torquay)

Seems there has been a bit of confusion over this mark, with missattributions for Mike Steveni and Emily Myers. However, Steveni's wife says it's not his, and it's not the potting style of Myers.
Below is an example of Bearne's mark next to the Lotus Pottery mark.

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Post by studio-pots on October 3rd 2015, 11:09 pm

I had not heard of Brian Bearne until seeing this so have no idea if this is his work or not.

I agree that it is nothing like Emily Myers work so accept that it isn't by her and if Mrs. Steveni say it isn't by her late husband, who I've never heard of, I have no problem with that.

However, I think it is necessary to explain why that means this is definitely by Brian Bearne.


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Post by NaomiM on October 3rd 2015, 11:35 pm

I wasn't sure either, because there's little online about him but maybe that's just because he died as a relatively unknown before the Internet really took off. Anyway, a couple of fellow collectors also have pieces by him which matches this mark.

There is a Brian Bearne Memorial Prize awarded by the Southwest Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in Exeter, so it seems he's more appreciated down the South West.

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2015, 8:57 am

I'm not trying to be difficult but all you appear to be saying is that you know 2 other people with pieces of studio pottery with the same mark. No reasons why that means that they were made by Brain Bearne.

Therefore if you are not able to supply any concrete evidence that this is by Bearne shouldn't this be moved to ID My Pottery?

Of course, if one or both have the other people with pots with this mark have more reason to say that it's by Bearne and you are aware of this then that ought to be recorded here.

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2015, 10:11 am

Having looked around the internet there are miscellaneous attributions of items of studio pottery to a Brian Paul Bearne in various auctions but without any reasons for the attributions.

However, the majority of references to a Brian Paul Bearne are to the one born in 1937, who was an auctioneer and valuer in the Exeter/South Devon area for most of his life and who seems to have died around 2000.

The Brian Bearne Memorial Prize awarded by the Southwest Academy of Fine and Applied Arts is dedicated to this auctioneer for being a great supporter of the Arts in the area throughout his career.

I also note that you say that this yunomi was made at the Rainbow Pottery in Torquay. I have been able to find a company, Rainbow (Torquay) Ltd., that was active from 17 May 1991 until it was dissolved on 2 October 2001. This was a "Fine Art Auctioneer and Valuers" and from 1991 until 1997 the auctioneer, Brian Paul Bearne, was a director. Nothing about a pottery.





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Post by NaomiM on October 4th 2015, 1:18 pm

The mystery deepens :) I've also seen references to him potting in Penzance. Pottery may not have been his 'day job', which would explain the lack of info and pieces.
There are several pieces in York and Aberystwyth museum collections, unfortunately without photos. I'll mail them and move this back to ID My Pottery until I get a reply.

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Post by Potty on October 4th 2015, 2:03 pm

I'd be inclined to ask Emily Myers if it was one of her early pieces, the throwing looks good enough to have been by her I think.

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2015, 2:17 pm

Having looked on the net I think the Aberystwyth items appear to be records/papers from the Rainbow Pottery, which seems to have existed in Torquay from 1986 until at least 1994 when Terri Holman was there. As Brian Bearne is mentioned in the Aberystwyth records and the auctioneers I found was called Rainbow (Torquay) Ltd. it seems likely that the person is the same. It could mean that he potted at the Rainbow Pottery or simply that he might have own the premises and support Terri in her pottery career at that point. If she could be contacted she might be able to throw some light on this.

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2015, 2:27 pm

Checked the York website and, although no images as you said, Naomi, they have 2 bowls by a Brain Paul Bearne from 1987/88 that are both described as cut sided with crackled chun glaze. That certainly wouldn't rule out your yunomi being made by him and fits in with the Rainbow Pottery date above. It does indicate that he made pottery and, as you stated, it might not have been his day job.


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Post by NaomiM on October 4th 2015, 5:01 pm

I've sent York the images and asked them to compare the mark against their pieces. We'll see what they say.

No mention of Emily having worked at Lotus Pottery, Potty, and there's definitely a Lotus vase with both marks, so I think we can rule her out.

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2015, 5:50 pm

Hopefully they will confirm it is the same, which will solve the mystery once and for all, but, if not, then at least it documents the evidence as to why it isn't by him.

Either way I think it will have been worthwhile.

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Post by NaomiM on October 28th 2015, 8:23 pm

York Art Centre confirms it's Brian Paul Bearne's mark.
Just to double check, I took a look at Emily Myers' mark at the Oxford Ceramic Fair, and while it is almost identical, it is in fact a lot smaller, so definitely not hers.

Thank you for your enquiry to York Art Gallery, apologies for the delay.
I have cross referenced the potter mark with our pieces and research on the potter and would confirm that this is Brian Paul Bearne's mark. Hope this is of use.

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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2015, 8:35 pm

That's great, Naomi, but why don't these hobby potters all just scratch their initials on the bottom of their pots? Cheeky

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Post by NaomiM on October 28th 2015, 9:59 pm

Seems to me he qualifies as a professional hobby potter Laughter

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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2015, 10:29 pm

Like that Mud Baker chap.

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Post by Potty on October 28th 2015, 10:39 pm

studio-pots wrote:Like that Mud Baker chap.

Be fair now SP, Naomi's Yunomi is not THAT bad.

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Post by Potty on October 28th 2015, 10:42 pm

P.S. Only joking Mr Hayward Excellent

The few examples of Mud Baker's pot's that I have seen (online), I have liked anyway Most Excellent


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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2015, 10:42 pm

She has a Mud Baker yunomi too, Potty. Embarrassed

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Post by Potty on October 28th 2015, 10:50 pm

studio-pots wrote:She has a Mud Baker yunomi too, Potty. Embarrassed

So that is who that one "SOLD" to Laughter

I'm my favourite of the 3 examples shown on your website Most Excellent

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