Wheatsheaf slipware bowl - Coldstone Kiln - Chris Harris & Mick Dixon

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Wheatsheaf slipware bowl - Coldstone Kiln - Chris Harris & Mick Dixon

Post by Johners2000 on February 27th 2017, 4:29 pm

Hi, This Dieter Kunzemann bowl has a second mark next to the studio mark - I wondered if anyone knows what/who it is?

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Post by NaomiM on February 27th 2017, 10:27 pm

I dont think it's Dieter Kunzmann's mark; its not in the Marks book.
Other Slipware potters did the wheat ear design

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Post by Johners2000 on February 28th 2017, 9:38 am

I saw one on ebay that was exactly the same with the same mark - the one on ebay didn't have the MD mark but the other mark was the same. The person on ebay admitted that the mark was not exactly the same as the usual Dieter Kunzemann mark.

I also bought the bowl in Chipping Norton - which is only a few miles from Moreton-in-Marsh, were Dieter Kunzemann worked and lived - so I assumed.

Now I look at the marks I see they are too different and must be by someone else.
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Post by NaomiM on February 28th 2017, 9:55 am

It might be a GK or CK mark

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Post by hercules brabazon on February 28th 2017, 12:48 pm

Could it be CK for Coldstone Kiln?

In his blog, Marshall Coleman mentions Michael Dixon as one of the throwers at Coldstone.
https://marshallcolman.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/cotswold-potteries-pleasant-environment.html
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Post by NaomiM on February 28th 2017, 1:36 pm

That would explain why the MD looks like Dixon's mark. He's now at Bartley Heath Pottery near North Warnborough so worth dropping him a line for confirmation

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Post by Johners2000 on March 1st 2017, 8:13 am

I have emailed him to find out. I'll keep you posted.
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Post by Johners2000 on March 1st 2017, 11:30 am

Here's what I found out from a very helpful Mick Dixon.

"Yes that is one of mine it has not travelled far.
The clay we used was a body called St Thomas (which I still use now) mixed with a locally dug yellow clay. The glaze is a simple lead bisilicate glaze with added iron to give the honey colour. The pots were fired in electric kilns. Old photos off the pottery show a bottle kiln outside which Chris built but which apparently never worked!"


He also told me that the pottery was known as Coldstone Kiln Pottery which was run by Chris Harries.

Dieter Kunzemann was Chris's son-in-law but they fell out and Deiter left and set up on his own.

Mick Dixon worked as a thrower for Chris after he left art school in 1967 but left after a year because Chris was ill and he thought the pottery might close.

Mick Dixon confirmed that he used his personal MD mark on some of the pots he made there and that there was a CK mark for Coldstone Kiln.

So I guess my bowl is Coldstone Kiln (Chris Harries pottery) made by Mick Dixon and has nothing to do with Dieter Kunzemann.
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Post by NaomiM on March 1st 2017, 12:01 pm

Brilliant Most Excellent

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