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Post by Johners2000 on April 1st 2017, 3:31 pm

The Mark on this bowl is unclear to me as the potter has not impressed in very well. 04.01.2017

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Post by NaomiM on April 1st 2017, 3:35 pm

Valerie Rees has a Trident mark, but usually with a dot on the lower right.

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Post by Johners2000 on April 1st 2017, 4:00 pm

Looks a bit too neat for Valerie Rees. Could it be Will Illsley?
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Post by NaomiM on April 1st 2017, 4:42 pm

I'm not sure. The internal decoration is very distinctive but I'm not finding anything similar by Valerie or Will

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Post by Johners2000 on April 2nd 2017, 2:26 pm

I was thinking maybe Ivan Martin - but still doesn't look quite right.
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Post by Johners2000 on April 9th 2017, 11:06 am

Looking at the glaze decoration I'm 99% sure it's Ray Gardiner.

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Post by NaomiM on April 9th 2017, 12:58 pm

Definitely the same decoration. Good find Excellent

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Post by Johners2000 on April 9th 2017, 5:30 pm

There's isn't much about him online though - not that I can find.
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Post by NaomiM on April 9th 2017, 5:59 pm

No, unfortunately. The Marks book has a very poor representation of the mark

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Post by hercules brabazon on April 20th 2017, 8:10 am

From the Suffolk Crafts directory, c. 1982, when he was working in Yoxford, near Saxmundham:
"Ray Gardiner was born in Sydney, Australia, and became a pharmacist. He came to London in 1959 and trained in pottery at Harrow School of Art 1965-66, after which he spent a year as an apprentice to Colin Peason. His first workshop was in Somerset and he moved to Suffolk in 1975. He is a member of the Craftsmen Potters Association."
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Post by Johners2000 on April 20th 2017, 8:14 am

Very interesting - Cheers Hercules.
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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2017, 10:32 am

Most Excellent

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Post by Johners2000 on April 21st 2017, 3:54 pm

I just got this from the helpful chaps at the York Art Gallery who have a piece by RG - doesn't add much but it's information none the less.

Ray Gardiner was born in 1934 and we do not have a death date so I presume he is still alive. His last known address was Yoxford, Norfolk. His work was usually repetition tableware with some individual pieces in stoneware and porcelain. He has examples of brushwork, sgraffito, slip inlay, raw glazing, Dolomite glazes, celadon and tenmoku in his work. We have a receipt for the piece in our collection – it was bought on 22/03/1978 at a New Members exhibition at the Craftsmen Potters Shop (not sure where there was) by collector W. A. Ismay for £6.50. The piece then came into our collection through Ismay’s bequest in 2001.
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