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Help with identifying marks on this jug

Post by julesw on July 23rd 2016, 11:17 pm

Mystery a brown glazed (temoku?) jug.

I'd be very grateful for any thoughts.

Thank you!






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Re: Help with identifying marks on this jug

Post by NaomiM on July 23rd 2016, 11:26 pm

Handwritten marks like these indicate they could be hobby potters or student pieces.
Professional potters tend to use a stamp for functional pottery such as these jugs, which would be their 'bread and butter' pieces and made in their hundreds if not thousands so they wouldn't have time to hand write a mark on each piece before the clay dried.

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Re: Help with identifying marks on this jug

Post by julesw on July 23rd 2016, 11:32 pm

Thanks Naomi, that makes sense and will know for the future!
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Re: Help with identifying marks on this jug

Post by hercules brabazon on July 24th 2016, 12:51 am

NaomiM wrote:Handwritten marks like these indicate they could be hobby potters or student pieces.
Professional potters tend to use a stamp for functional pottery such as these jugs, which would be their 'bread and butter' pieces and made in their hundreds if not thousands so they wouldn't have time to hand write a mark on each piece before the clay dried.

Quite possibly true in this case. But some extremely prolific potters, especially working in some kind of country tradition, have hand-signed their works. Think of all those thousands of Fishley-Holland pieces, for instance. Or Ewenny.
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Post by NaomiM on July 24th 2016, 1:44 pm

Very true. Plus the convention in America and Australia and some European countries is for handwritten marks, and some highly skilled hobby potters aren't doing it to make a living so have the time to sign their work, so one shouldn't simply go by the mark.

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