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Post by NaomiM on June 8th 2014, 1:35 pm

So if any go unsold in our charity shop I know who to send them to, Denbydump Laughter

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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 8th 2014, 2:23 pm

Ha Ha No more!!
I have a few Reilly bits, but would it be better to start a new thread?
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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by NaomiM on June 8th 2014, 3:00 pm

Yes, probably for the best. Kicking myself now that I didn't buy one of his pieces at a carboot last year.

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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 8th 2014, 3:48 pm

Some more of those harder to find larger pieces.

Plate 10 in diameter.




Vases, tallest 9 in


Tallest 9 in


Tallest 6 in


Tallest 6 in
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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by Potty on June 8th 2014, 3:53 pm

NaomiM wrote:A Reilly plaque (of a cockerel, I think) went for a lot of money on ebay last week. Shockadmittedly it was very nice.

His pieces have had a strong following for as long as I've been collecting IoW pottery.

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Post by Potty on June 8th 2014, 3:54 pm

denbydump wrote:I have a few Reilly bits, but would it be better to start a new thread?

Yes please Happy

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Post by NaomiM on June 8th 2014, 5:34 pm

A lady came into the shop a couple of years ago and said the Isle of Wight pieces were highly collectable and we were under-valuing them. Since then the manager insists on sticking 5-10 on every piece that comes in, and they remain unsold, even on the half price shelf. Shrugs

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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 9th 2014, 5:36 am

It'a always amazed me just how much of this stuff there is. The IOW is a popular
holiday destination, and people bought souvenirs, just like the earlier crested china,
which was moulded and transferred, but these pieces are all hand-made, many with
quite intricate, time-consuming. decoration, even on the small items.
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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 16th 2014, 3:52 pm

Unusual glaze, 6 in high, Mark is blurred, but it does read "JO IOW".


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Ventnor mark

Post by denbydump on June 26th 2014, 2:38 pm

The IOW book is pretty comprehensive on the marks, but this one is not shown, so is a bit of a mystery.
Potty has posted a piece in the Reilly thread, here's one I had to hand


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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by Potty on June 26th 2014, 3:25 pm

So far every "Ventnor" marked piece I have seen, like the above, has been thrown and decorated (use of colours, types of decoration) very much like the "Niton" marked examples I've seen. Subtle differences from the others, but I think they stand out from the crowd as much as the Scotcher pieces.

Due to the mark being (I assume) during a period when he was in partnership with Joe, fits in either thread really.

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Ian Batten, Chard, Somerset

Post by denbydump on June 26th 2014, 3:39 pm

Here's another JO mark I can't seem to fimd any reference to.
It reads "Hand made West of England pottery"


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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by Potty on June 26th 2014, 3:47 pm





Here is another Niton marked example.

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Post by Potty on June 26th 2014, 3:54 pm

denbydump wrote:Here's another JO mark I can't seem to fimd any reference to.
It reads "Hand made West of England pottery"

I believe these were likely made by either Ian Batten or Joe, at 22 Holyrood Street, Chard, Somerset. From the early 60's (not sure when) and closed in 68.

So another of Joe's apprentices.

Bit more info in "A century of Ceramics" page 82, by Lisa and Andrew Dowden. (assuming that's the IoW pottery book you have :))

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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 26th 2014, 4:05 pm

Thanks Potty, yes I missed that entry in the book. Funny they mention the mark,
but it's not in the index, and they didn't show an example of it either.
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Post by Potty on June 26th 2014, 5:23 pm

denbydump wrote:Thanks Potty, yes I missed that entry in the book. Funny they mention the mark,
but it's not in the index, and they didn't show an example of it either.

Yeah true, I guess because the book is solely about potteries on the IoW itself.

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Mike Hendrick, Charmouth pottery

Post by denbydump on June 28th 2014, 1:16 pm

Jo helped Mike Hendrick set up the Charmouth pottery in the 60s. This little bowl is the
only bit I have.

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Post by denbydump on June 28th 2014, 1:18 pm

A strange heavy little pot, Feels hand-formed.
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Post by denbydump on June 28th 2014, 1:20 pm

I'm guessing this was made for a retail outlet.

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Post by denbydump on June 28th 2014, 1:24 pm

I knew I had another one for you Potty! Can't find any references to JO, Shanklin.

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Post by denbydump on June 28th 2014, 1:28 pm

Right, I've been through the 5 Banana boxes of IOW and I think I've found all the marks
I was looking for, so that's it for JO for the time being.
Just one of my favourite bits....

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Post by Potty on June 28th 2014, 2:52 pm

denbydump wrote:I knew I had another one for you Potty! Can't find any references to JO, Shanklin.

Never seen this one! Big Laughter

They look much like the "Freshwater" marked pieces.

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Post by Potty on June 28th 2014, 2:54 pm

denbydump wrote:I'm guessing this was made for a retail outlet.

Again, not one I've seen, but expect your right.


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Post by Davee on September 29th 2014, 8:24 pm

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Re: Joe (Jo) Lester - Isle of Wight and West of England Pottery

Post by brin mcardle on January 7th 2015, 5:46 pm

Hi all...i have had a request from someone in Taiwan about Jo lester...they are buying one of my plates on ebay !! They want to know if there is a website...i cant find

Btw...i have explained how expensive the postage will be...think that might turn them off
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