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Post by Johners2000 on April 24th 2017, 9:35 am

Does anyone know who's cypher this is?


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Post by NaomiM on April 24th 2017, 10:28 am

Possibly Judy Gardiner but I think it's still a mystery. Worth asking Leach Pottery as I think they are collecting past marks

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Post by Fuchsia on April 24th 2017, 9:17 pm

I think this is Jeff Oestreich, an American who apparently was an apprentice at the Leach pottery, 1969-1971.
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Post by NaomiM on April 24th 2017, 9:44 pm

Fuchsia wrote:I think this is Jeff Oestreich, an American who apparently was an apprentice at the Leach pottery, 1969-1971.


Looks right Most Excellent

http://pin.it/xlKfjTZ


He's recently spent a sabbatical back at the pottery.

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Post by Johners2000 on April 29th 2017, 11:06 am

I sent the images to the Leach Museum and they said that they can't ID this mark.

This is what a very helpful Joanna said.

"There have been a huge number of potters at the Leach Pottery over the years and unfortunately that stamp is not one I know and nor is it in a book of potters marks that we have"
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Post by NaomiM on April 29th 2017, 4:27 pm

Jeff Oestreich is still potting. Best to contact him directly

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Post by NaomiM on April 29th 2017, 9:41 pm

The photo of Jeff Oestreich's mark in the Pinterest link I posted earlier is off The Marks Project and is very similar

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Post by Johners2000 on April 30th 2017, 8:10 am

They are very similar but not quite the same. Unless he changed it slightly when he left Leach. I will try and contact him directly. But for him the one in the Marks Project would be upside down.
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Post by NaomiM on April 30th 2017, 2:36 pm

Yes, the Marks Project have got it upside down, and it's one of his later marks, when he returned to the US

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Post by Johners2000 on May 2nd 2017, 2:18 pm

I wrote back to the Leach museum with these images and they responded:

Hi Dan,
The mark of Jeff’s that I know is a JO over a line, inside a triangle, and he also did just a J.O as well with a dot, so he might have changed it quite often.
He has a website and a contact section so perhaps you could ask him?
He visits here every other year and by coincidence we have just sent off 9 boxes of pots to him from the pottery, (including some of mine!) for an exhibition in Minnesota.
Good luck with your pursuit of the truth!
Best wishes,
Joanna


I will send the images directly to him and ask.
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Post by NaomiM on May 2nd 2017, 6:03 pm

Oh dear, they're hopeless, aren't they Big Laughter I follow them on FB and they're supposed to be putting together a database of ex-Leach apprentice details, but they don't seem to have got off to a very good start .

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Post by Johners2000 on May 2nd 2017, 6:33 pm

Here is Jeff's reply to my email.

"Oh my god! It is an oldie. Made while apprenticing at the Leach Pottery. 1969-1971. I had a ring made and I used it as a potters stamp. Yes, my stamp has changed a number of times"

Mystery solved.
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