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Post by dantheman on February 19th 2012, 2:26 pm


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Post by JillyCornwall on February 19th 2012, 3:33 pm

Very nice.....especially the unusual pattern Bull to the back..and two Blue Horses wow!
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Post by Adam20 on March 24th 2012, 3:36 pm

Large Celtic lampbase just bought for a few pounds - in mat black and brown with high gloss deep blue and light blue 'Medallion' pattern - original fittings and label attached - c 1970s by the looks of it - with an H or perhaps an A inscribed to base

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Post by dantheman on April 6th 2012, 4:41 pm

I just got news of the upcoming Bill fisher website which has the input of Bill and one of his co-workers in the early 70's

I will keep you updated

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Post by Celtic_Fan on April 6th 2012, 6:35 pm

So did I.
This is some of the best news I've heard in a long time.
Perhaps some of the many questions may finally get answered

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Post by Celtic_Fan on April 9th 2012, 1:40 pm

Just to let people know
Bill will be 96 this week.
Unfortunately he is now very frail with very poor eye sight and has little if any memory about his pottery. This is a real shame to hear, but I suppose it comes to us all sooner or later.
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Post by dantheman on April 9th 2012, 1:53 pm

let's hope he has passed lots of information on to those close to him

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Post by dantheman on April 9th 2012, 2:04 pm

flying free wrote:Unicorn in terracotta - is there some question over this being a Bill Fisher piece now? Unicorn 12 3/4" tall, total piece 17 3/4" tall.
Can't find a sig at the mo and no label. Bought in a shop in Cornwall in the 60's or 70's according to the owner who bought it.
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I asked a friend of Bill about these unicorn sculptures and he did make them,I also asked Maggi and she confirmed that she and Bill made many of them during their time at Mousehole


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Post by flying free on April 9th 2012, 3:45 pm

Dan,you are very generous! Smush and I am very grateful. Thank you so much and thank you also to Bill's friend who has passed on the information. I am so pleased to have the origin confirmed. Mine was bought from the family who directly purchased it originally in Cornwall but they couldn't remember who'd made it. It now has it's own special display place in our house. I am thrilled to have it.
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Post by yunomi on April 9th 2012, 8:57 pm

Hi and hello to all,
I've only just come across this forum and so glad I have,what a wealth of information, pictures and knowledge.
Also great news about the up and coming website.....its like waiting for Christmas.
I bought my first piece of Celtic back in '95,my first piece of Troika back in'75 in a gift shop in Lands End.........
I thought Celtic was wound up in the late 70's, but have read that Troika went on to a three day week in 1980 when Illsley and Sirota ended thier partnership.The pottery went on untill 1983 with three members of staff and then one,Julian Greenwood-Penny was offered a position with the Celtic Pottery in Newlyn.....
Just another name that may hold vital information on Celtic Pottery history and product lines before its all too late.
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Post by dantheman on April 9th 2012, 9:39 pm

I think Julian lives in Penzance TR18, I'll try to contact him

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Post by yunomi on April 9th 2012, 9:53 pm

Yeh, I'll have to get some photos sorted.............

Thanks Dan, I can see your on the case.....regards

I am aware of Louise Jinks contact details but I think she left Troika in 1981 well before it closed......
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Post by dantheman on April 9th 2012, 10:12 pm

I also sent an email to Simon Leaper as Bill Fisher was a friend of Eric,Bill even designed some of the Leaper pieces


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Post by dantheman on April 10th 2012, 1:44 pm

I just spoke to Simon then Julian who put me in touch with Maggi who will be joining us here on the forum Most Excellent


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Post by dantheman on April 10th 2012, 2:06 pm

several of the Troika artists moved on to work at Celtic pottery including Ian Box, Leslie Illsley,Peter Ellery and Benny Sirota

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Post by dantheman on April 10th 2012, 3:07 pm

flying free wrote:Unicorn in terracotta - is there some question over this being a Bill Fisher piece now? Unicorn 12 3/4" tall, total piece 17 3/4" tall.
Can't find a sig at the mo and no label. Bought in a shop in Cornwall in the 60's or 70's according to the owner who bought it.
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Bill and Maggie made lots of these at the Mousehole pottery,the horns were designed to unscrew so they didn't break off when being shipped

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Post by dantheman on April 10th 2012, 3:23 pm



this one is owned by a lady who worked with Bill and Maggi at their Mousehole pottery

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Post by flying free on April 10th 2012, 6:38 pm

Fascinating - it's lovely to see another to add to the two we already know about. And it's quite different to mine. The horn on mine doesn't unscrew, it slots in btw.
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Post by Celtic_Fan on April 10th 2012, 7:01 pm

dantheman wrote:I just spoke to Simon then Julian who put me in touch with Maggi who will be joining us here on the forum Most Excellent
That is fantastic new Jumping For Joy It's amazing how were go years with little 'real' knowledge, then all of a sudden a landslide of info starts.

I just want to know where all the other unicorns/horses are hiding - although I can understand why people are holding onto them.
There is also a 4th of a full horse (at least no horn), which is absolutely stunning - I'm guessing Dan has also seen the pic. We'll have to get permission to post it.
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Post by yunomi on April 10th 2012, 8:08 pm

Dan a massive thanks for your investigative work, its taking some sinking in that Maggi will be joining the forum, was Julian the key?

Just can't wait to hear the mass of info Maggie will have, a font of knowledge!.......

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Post by dantheman on April 10th 2012, 8:35 pm

yes Julian helped me to get in touch.
Maggi will have a look through the Celtic thread and will point out any errors including any pics of pottery that aren't Celtic or Fisher in origin but we should also ask some questions that Maggi can help us with

any suggestions?

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Post by Celtic_Fan on April 10th 2012, 10:57 pm

I've a tonne of questions.
A good 'time line' of events and changes would be a real help. I also really do want to know about what I believe (as said much earlier) to be 3 distinct bird designs (at least).
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Post by flying free on April 10th 2012, 11:35 pm

There was one made as a lampbase as well, I think a horse ? but I've not seen a pic of that and my memory for the detail may not be absolutely correct.m
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Post by yunomi on April 10th 2012, 11:55 pm

A "time line" would be good......And a cast of employees that worked for them through the 60's and 70's......Did the "Folk" range continue right up until the pottery closed or did the "Medallion" range take over completely at some point?

good questions Clap I did ask about the Medaleon range and the design was a joint effort with Maggie contributing less then her new partner
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Post by yunomi on April 11th 2012, 12:02 am

Maggie was very resourceful and "The Observer" ran a story on her satchels/bags that she made.........

Brain Jasper and Alan Brough were thier main throwers I think........

At one point 14 people worked there.
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