When is a Marazion bowl not a Marazion bowl?

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When is a Marazion bowl not a Marazion bowl?

Post by Essenjay on April 25th 2017, 9:34 pm

Bit of an oddity, this. I would have put money on it being a piece of Marazion when I picked it up so didn't bother looking under the 20p label underneath. The matt black-brown glaze looks right as does the vermillion and green of the decoration. Just the raised detail of the motif looks slightly unusual, almost tube-lined. Turns out that there are inscribed initials which might be CK / CR / GK / GR / YK / YR. Anyone know if Marazion was taken over by anyone following the retirement of George and Heather Nash in 1981? Or any other suggestions?





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Post by NaomiM on April 25th 2017, 9:56 pm

Looks like GR monogram. Certainly looks like Marazion but I've only seen them signed or with an ink stamp. Run by George Nash and his wife Heather

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Post by hercules brabazon on April 26th 2017, 12:25 am

There are some Marazion pieces signed  "HM Beck", which  would imply that other potters worked there, as well as the Nashes.

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Post by NaomiM on April 26th 2017, 1:09 am

I wonder if it has anything to do with the Becks from Australia...

Robert & Margot Beck
Robert Beck (1942- ), the second son of Henry Hatton Beck and Lucy Beck (nee Boyd), started potting in the mid 1960s with his parents at Murrumbeena, incising his work 'R Beck' or "Beck' . When his parents went to England in 1966, he helped them to establish a pottery in Wandsworth Common for four years. He married Margot (1948- ) in 1970 and in 1971, they set up a pottery in Beaumaris, Melbourne, where his parents had returned to live. The two couples worked closely together over this period, making a range of decorated wares. In 1978 Robert and Margot moved to Cheltenham. As a couple, they painted or incised their work 'R + M Beck'. Margot also incised work she had hand-decorated 'Margot' or 'MB'.

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Post by Essenjay on April 26th 2017, 10:16 am

Thanks both. My guess is that it was made at Marazion either by a guest potter. I suspect it'll be one of those occasions where we never find out.
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