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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:02 pm

Jo started producing pottery commercially in London (1951) but moved to Freshwater after only 2 years to produce his better known IOW pottery.
Jo resisted growth,preferring to work with only a handfull of protégés including his offspring Joe and Renella



a simple jug,including scrafitto decoration which became jo's trademark


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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:05 pm



base of the above jug and the isle of wight stamp

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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:25 pm

I do like these kooky birds from the 50's


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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:31 pm


They are quite common but I still find them very amusing



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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:34 pm



Jo was not a trained potter but turned his hobby into a business after being injured in the 2nd world war,this isn't a bad effort for an amateur though!

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Post by hercules brabazon on August 8th 2009, 5:55 pm


Early sgraffito mark.
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Post by hercules brabazon on September 8th 2009, 4:54 pm


The larger vase is 27cm tall. And heavy.
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Post by dantheman on September 8th 2009, 5:44 pm

that's interesting,I didn't know the sgraffito mark signified an early piece




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Post by hercules brabazon on September 8th 2009, 6:01 pm

Well, that's according to the Yates-Owen /Fournier book , whose Jo Lester entry is especially confused....but it makes sense, the 2 or 3 pieces I've seen with this mark have had that graphic cleanly incised look.
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Post by Potty Primate on April 25th 2011, 11:25 am

There's a good precis for Jo here;
http://ww.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=353
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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 12:53 pm

I don't have these anymore but thought I'd post them here for reference.





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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2011, 3:06 pm

I love the dragon m,it's the first one i've seen

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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 3:12 pm

yes I think he's pretty unusual - beautifully done.
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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 6:29 pm

he was quite a large dish as well, not a pin dish, more like a large side plate size or a bit bigger I think.
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Post by climberg64 on February 22nd 2012, 10:09 pm




This is an interesting anomaly.

Joe Lester 'borrowed' Mike Hendrick's Charmouth Pottery stamp for a while after setting up alone on the Isle of White. Joe worked with Mike for a while at the 'true' Charmouth Pottery.
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JO Rocks!

Post by NicolaP on February 23rd 2012, 4:02 am

I am crazy about Jo and have a dozen or so pieces. But am having trouble finding any to buy other than ebay. Does anyone have any suggestions where I would find them? I am really keen to get some bigger pieces but have never seen any jugs and sgrafitto vases higher than about 11cms? Are they rare? Also I note some of you have bigger seahorse dishes etc which again I havent yet come across. So where do you find them and what kind of price range do they go for - bigger or more unusual pieces. Is there someone who specialises or is just a case of keep watching ebay? I dont live in the UK.

I love the stuff and will acquire them anyway but do you think they will be come more collectible over time?

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Post by dantheman on February 23rd 2012, 12:12 pm

I think the rarer pieces might become prized collectables but the small tourist pieces with simple and mass produced designs will never be highly valued

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Post by vanmann on August 7th 2012, 4:42 pm

I think that this is a nice piece, fruit bowl, 9 1/2 inches x7 1/2 inches



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Post by Potty on November 23rd 2012, 6:31 pm



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Post by Potty on November 23rd 2012, 6:47 pm



A fairly simple design, but I think the character of this little owl has been captured brilliantly.

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