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Jug with blobby flowers, impressed AS

Post by Essenjay on November 13th 2017, 1:23 pm

The jug seems competently produced but the decoration... well, not overly inspiring. Impressed SA under the base of the handle.





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Post by NaomiM on November 13th 2017, 7:04 pm

Second time I've seen this AS mark in as many weeks. The other piece was slipware. May be a known potter who's changed their mark?

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Post by NaomiM on November 13th 2017, 9:58 pm

Maybe Alex Sharp?

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Post by Essenjay on November 14th 2017, 11:12 am

Thanks Naomi. The mark certainly looks like his (or hers?) even down to the serif on the S and the chamfered corners of the box. Seems incongruous compared to his/her work at the Leach Pottery but then potters don't have to stick with one style or a single type of clay.
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Post by Essenjay on November 14th 2017, 11:23 am

Hmm, then again,looking at this thread http://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t17234-alexander-alex-sharp, looks like his output wasn't anything like this jug. Back in the unidentified box it goes.
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Post by NaomiM on November 14th 2017, 2:01 pm

He did some slipware, but you're right, it's a bit of a stretch.

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Post by r-and-f on November 16th 2017, 5:00 pm

The handle shape suggests it could just be by Alex but if it is it must be very early. I've only seen this mark used in conjunction with the St Ives seal, and he used a different AS mark from his early days at Morar Pottery. But he made pots in so many different styles, clays and glazes that anything's possible. This could be a tin-glaze experiment.

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