Iain Denniss, Egremont, Cumbria

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Post by r-and-f on August 9th 2017, 10:59 pm

Iain Denniss, Egremont, Cumbria. A new name to me. Not in the book. No existing thread on this forum. Very little information online. But a very competently-made and decorated 10-inch stoneware plate, with a clear ID seal.

The address label means I don't have to show him in the "ID my pottery" section.  In fact, he could say: "ID - my pottery!"





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Post by NaomiM on August 10th 2017, 2:01 am

A couple more. Quite similar glazes and stoneware or porcelain clay to that used by the Friths. I wonder if he was an ex-apprentice? There was a similar fish on a cheese dome a while back. I'll see if I can find it.

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Post by hercules brabazon on August 10th 2017, 11:28 am

I found an obituary in his old school magazine. He died in 2006 at the age of 58; his main career was as a research scientist at Sellafield, but, it says, "Iain was also very well known locally as a potter, his speciality being highly prized birth and
wedding bowls and plates."

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Post by r-and-f on November 29th 2017, 2:52 pm

Delighted to say that I've been contacted by Iain Denniss's widow, Caroline Fitzpatrick, and his sister, Anne Denniss, who have much more information about him and his pottery, plus a large collection of his pots, some of which I'll be seeing and photographing next week. After that I hope to post some more pictures and biography here.

In the meantime, Caroline has discovered that the plate shown at the top of this thread (which I found in an Edinburgh charity shop) was sold in an exhibition of Iain's work held at the Broughton House Gallery, near Biggar, in 1994. Here's an excerpt from the exhibition catalogue:

"Iain Denniss started making pots when he moved to Cumbria in 1977.  He is largely self-taught but has gained much help and inspiration from summer schools in Wales with David Frith and in Brittany, with Richard Dewar.  He makes functional stone ware, most of his work being generally connected with food and eating.

The pots are fired in a reducing atmosphere in a gas kiln at about 1290 C and are mostly decorated with iron bearing glazes.  Some are decorated using wax resist technique with celadon (green) base glazes and either kaki (brown) overglaze or a blue cobalt based pigment, applied over the wax decoration.  Others are decorated with the blue pigment, generally using more or less realistic animal motifs."

Below is a photo of Iain Denniss at the 1994 exhibition.

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Post by NaomiM on November 29th 2017, 6:02 pm

There's someone with an unidentified cheese dome, that's been on eBay for more than a year, with Iain Dennis's fish decoration

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Post by r-and-f on December 10th 2017, 2:32 pm

As trailed above, I met Iain Denniss's sister Anne a couple of days ago and was allowed to photograph some of her large collection of her late brother's pieces. It turns out that he was a very accomplished and versatile potter who produced a much wider range of pottery than you might think from the very limited number of images available online.

I'm hoping at some point in the future to get more pictures from Iain's widow Caroline plus some biographical information with a view to writing an article or chapter about him.

Photos below are from Anne Denniss's collection.

















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Post by NaomiM on December 10th 2017, 3:21 pm

Very nice Most Excellent

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