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Post by tenpot on April 25th 2011, 10:01 am

I'm sure I put this on before but as there are an increasing number of english studio pottery buffs here goes again   lou groves and margaret leach(no relation)worked there but what are the initials st
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Post by Davee on April 25th 2011, 11:12 am

I've had a pot with these marks before and never got to the bottom of it. The ST looks much like Sidney Tustins mark at Winchcombe but I have never seen anything about him working elsewhere. The Taena pottery is still going although under different ownership now, maybe they may be able to give you some info.

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Post by tenpot on April 25th 2011, 11:45 am

good idea Davee I've sent a message
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Post by NaomiM on November 20th 2012, 6:16 pm

Ceramike website says it's not Taena Pottery mark

http://www.ceramike.com/ReplyToUFOPot.asp?pot=207

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Post by r-and-f on November 21st 2012, 9:56 am

Here's a jug with the same pottery mark but a different potter's initials FJ. I had thought it was Taena, but not so sure now.





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Post by tenpot on November 21st 2012, 4:39 pm

mine came from scotland as well
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Post by NaomiM on November 21st 2012, 5:00 pm

Hannah McAndrew is a slipware potter living in Scotland. She might know.

http://www.hannahmcandrew.co.uk/

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Post by r-and-f on November 21st 2012, 8:14 pm

Not sure of the etiquette here - Tenpot, will you contact Hannah or will I?
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Post by tenpot on November 21st 2012, 8:16 pm

you do it by all means you live a lot nearer
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Post by skipposal on February 22nd 2013, 7:33 pm

I have one too! An FJ one as well. I thought it was Taena given the glossy glaze but you guys have sowed a seed of doubt in my mind!

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Post by tenpot on February 23rd 2013, 8:05 am

we are begining to have quite a collection ,someone will know one day, thanks for adding yours
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Post by RoyJ99 on October 1st 2014, 8:43 pm

Here is another one to add to the collection, again in Scotland.



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Post by r-and-f on October 1st 2014, 10:27 pm

That's weird. You must have gone into that charity shop this afternoon shortly after I came out. I decided not to buy the pot because our collective inability to identify the potter has been driving me nuts!
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Post by RoyJ99 on October 2nd 2014, 10:29 pm

r-and-f wrote:That's weird.  You must have gone into that charity shop this afternoon shortly after I came out.  I decided not to buy the pot because our collective inability to identify the potter has been driving me nuts!

Really? In Edinburgh?

That is strange.
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Post by RoyJ99 on October 4th 2014, 12:15 am

I emailed pictures of my pot to Hannah McAndrew today asking if she was able to shed any light on the subject

"Hi Roy,

It's a Taena pot I think, the pottery still exists and is still making slipware. Other than that I don't know who made it I'm afraid.

I hope that you find out.
best wishes,
Hannah"

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Post by studio-pots on October 4th 2014, 12:44 pm

NaomiM wrote:Hannah McAndrew is a slipware potter living in Scotland. She might know.

http://www.hannahmcandrew.co.uk/

Clearly she thought the same as most of us on here. It's just a shame that the potters currently working at the Taena pottery disagree.

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Post by r-and-f on September 3rd 2017, 7:08 pm

Someone on Facebook (can't find out who because now I can't find the posting - it might have been deleted) posted a link to a forthcoming auction lot identifying the ST potter as (Robert) Sinclair Thomson (1915-1983) of Glasgow.  He seems to be only known as a painter but the Glasgow School of Art website mentions that they have a couple of ceramic pieces by him in their collection, so presumably he was a potter too. Makes sense because so much of his work has been found in Scotland.  Also, his wife, another painter, was called Florence Jamieson (born 1925), which might explain the FJ seal on the other pieces.

Do we finally have closure on a long-running mystery? If so, much gratitude to the unknown FB poster.
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Post by NaomiM on September 3rd 2017, 7:55 pm

Interesting. If we can find the auction lot and compare the marks, then we can get closure :)

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Post by NaomiM on September 3rd 2017, 8:11 pm

Here's the info. Unfortunately it was a couple of years ago and their online catalogue only shows two pieces of pottery by Florence. worth contacting the gallery to check the mark .  

http://www.rhueart.co.uk/uploads/Florence_catalogue_sept_15.pdf

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FLORENCE JAMIESON at 90

15 Aug - 15 Oct 2015
Florence Jamieson Catalogue 2015
Opening 15 Augsut 2015 3pm-4pm.
A wonderful opportunity to see a selection of her work. Florence was one of four remaining living artists chosen to provide a selection of her work for the prestigious ‘Glasgow Girls’ Kirkcudbright summer exhibition.
We are very pleased that we will also have on display some Ceramic work produced by Florence along with her husband Robert Sinclair Thomson (1915-1983) who were the first artists to open a commercial studio pottery in Glasgow after the Second World War. Throughout the 50s and 60s they worked from their house in Clouston Street producing hundreds of hand-made items such as mugs, plates and bowls.
Recognised in their own right as accomplished Scottish painters, Florence and Robert created original works of Ceramic art by using specialist freehand slip technique to apply designs to many items from small jewellery to Large Pots and wall plaques.

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Post by NaomiM on September 3rd 2017, 8:12 pm

Rules out Taena Community

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Post by NaomiM on September 3rd 2017, 8:56 pm

I've sent them an email with examples of their marks and asked for confirmation.
Florence is also on Facebook following her 2015 retrospective so I've sent her a message too.

Florence's Slipware -

http://pin.it/2Nmg6_0

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Post by r-and-f on September 3rd 2017, 10:47 pm

It all seems pretty convincing! A link to the auction is  here (Lot 243).
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Post by NaomiM on September 3rd 2017, 11:34 pm

Just received confirmation from Florence's daughter, Rebecca Thomson, that they are her parent's Marks.
Solved! Most Excellent

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Post by r-and-f on September 4th 2017, 7:45 pm

A satisfying conclusion to a long story - and two more names to add to my list of forgotten and lost Scottish potters for further research.
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Post by NaomiM on September 5th 2017, 6:30 pm

Rebecca Thomson has sent me a photo of the card from the exhibition


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