Ex-Briglin Elizabeth Macphail at Grandes Roques, Guernsey

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Post by Johners2000 on April 7th 2017, 2:20 pm

I can't find a mark to match but they are well made.



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Post by hercules brabazon on April 10th 2017, 4:55 am

Could it be the ex-Briglin potter Elizabeth Macphail at Grandes Roques, Guernsey? The only source I have for her is this youtube video by her brother. Marks visible at 5:31 and 6:14.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ4BxYiZJkE
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Post by Johners2000 on April 10th 2017, 8:59 am

How did you spot that. I have done a screen shot of the mark and it is (in my opinion) her work. Is there any more information about her out there?

Beautiful video by her brother.

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Post by hercules brabazon on April 10th 2017, 9:18 am

I saw the video  a while ago, and precisely because there was absolutely nothing else about her online, it seemed worth making a note of the mark.
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Post by Johners2000 on April 10th 2017, 9:42 am

I have emailed a Briglin website and asked if they have any information on her - I'll post anything I find out.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 10th 2017, 8:18 pm

Johners, saw the email but I typically have zero time during the day for pots.

Ahh, Liz, yes spoke with Nick her brother a few years back and he inherited her collection after she passed on. I have sent you his email. If you contact him I'm sure he would love to see the photos, and he is the best person to comment on her work.

Many of the items on the video are not typical pieces, they seem to me to be more special items that she kept for herself. So I have not seen the like in the wild, her pieces are not common. Are your pieces also supa thin walled? If so I'm surprised they survived

Marks, from Nicks youtube

EA - Elizabeth Ann (MacPhail)
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Post by Johners2000 on April 11th 2017, 12:19 pm

Yes they are wafer thin. I also have a third item which I think is a base to stand the bowl on.



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Post by brin mcardle on April 11th 2017, 2:54 pm

And here is my little dish

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Post by Johners2000 on April 11th 2017, 7:07 pm

She was clearly a talented potter.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 11th 2017, 7:52 pm

I feel a dedicated thread is about to happen

...before I can say *Abrac.......*

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Post by Johners2000 on May 3rd 2017, 8:08 am

Just had this wonderfully enlightening email from Liz's brother Nick…. really paints a picture of the story behind the pots.

"For your further information the pattern on the bowl and plate were made using shells from Port Soif bay which is just across the road from our house where the pottery was located. Liz used to like using natural objects for decoration.

Briglin was an incredible centre not just for pottery but for all the arts due in part to its links with the Goons (some of whom I understand were shareholders). I met them all there together with Herbert Lom (famed for his role in the Pink Panther. He was partner to Brigit Appleby – the Brig of Briglin) when I went to one of the frequent parties there to meet Liz with my friend Angus Boyd-Dudgeon. Angus was just getting known in the recording industry and went on to produce Elton John’s best recordings – he had simplified his name by then to Gus Dudgeon. The sixties were an amazingly innovative and productive time for the arts. By remarkable coincidence I went to the same junior school as Elton John in Pinner – he was then called Dwight and, shamefully, I bullied him. Elton took his stage surname “John” from a friend of Angus’ and mine; Long “John” Baldry. Weird times"
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