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Post by big ed on May 5th 2012, 1:59 pm

Started By Michael Cardew .

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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by skipposal on March 8th 2013, 8:24 pm

I have a three Wenford Bridge pieces in my collection to share with you all. The first is by the founder Michael Cardew, a simple slip painted earthenware beaker, it has a major hairline hence I could afford (just) to buy it off Paul Rice. 9.3cm (height)




The second is a lovely tenmoku-glazed earthenware shallow bowl with just the Wenford Bridge mark. It really reminds me of Svend Bayer's current work, so it's no surprise to learn that he worked there with Cardew 1969-73. 4cm (height) 9.4cm (diameter)




Finally are rather fine teapot by Michael's son Seth. The Cardew 'birds' are well-known, inside is a little painted fish, very comical. Damaged and well-used but I love it to bits. 17.9cm (height).








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Post by mowen on March 8th 2013, 9:19 pm

The beaker and the teapot are delicious! Love the bird (and the fish) I will certainly be looking out for a piece with a bird on it :) x x
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Post by skipposal on March 9th 2013, 8:48 am

It's lovely isn't it? They had a giant one painted on the outside of the pottery if I remember rightly
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Ara Cardew Wenford Bridge

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Post by skipposal on November 8th 2013, 6:10 pm





Knew I'd had an Ara Cardew at one time - little bud vase
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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by denbydump on June 2nd 2014, 2:39 pm

Hi, Can anyone shed any light on this Wenford potters mark?
I've drawn a blank so far.




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Post by NaomiM on June 2nd 2014, 8:20 pm

That is a mystery. Miranda Thomas, maybe?

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Post by studio-pots on June 2nd 2014, 9:07 pm

Could well be. She now works in Vermont, USA. and I think it ought to be worth trying to contacting her via an email at

info@shackletonthomas.com

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Post by NaomiM on June 2nd 2014, 9:21 pm

It's not her current mark, but it might have been one she used at Wenford.

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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by denbydump on July 6th 2014, 2:14 pm

A small Ara Cardew jug, with original paper label.
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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by PottyWendy on August 22nd 2014, 8:53 pm

Yes, that is Miranda Thomas' mark at Wenford
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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by denbydump on August 22nd 2014, 9:17 pm

Thanks Wendy.
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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by RoyJ99 on September 7th 2014, 2:11 pm

Very interesting Wenford piece, lots of contrasting textures. Unsure of mark, possibly Sven Bayer.





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Post by studio-pots on September 7th 2014, 4:04 pm

Doesn't look like SB that would have been on some of Svend's pots that he made at Wenford.

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Post by RoyJ99 on September 7th 2014, 4:34 pm

Only reason I mention Svend was that I have been unable to find anything resembling the mark so far and was considering it could possibly be a very poorly impressed version of this mark

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/pp.cgi?item=1455

Totally clutching at straws I know but this one has me somewhat stumped.
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Post by RoyJ99 on September 7th 2014, 4:37 pm

Should also say that initially I thought the mark was a solitary T
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Post by studio-pots on September 7th 2014, 5:17 pm

It looks like a T but something else- any suggestions?

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Re: Wenford Bridge Pottery

Post by PottyWendy on September 7th 2014, 6:52 pm

Looks like Todd Piker's mark to me
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Post by RoyJ99 on September 7th 2014, 7:33 pm

Do you have any images or links to his mark Wendy? Was he associated with Wenford Bridge? Thanks.
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Post by studio-pots on September 7th 2014, 7:44 pm

It should be a T with the vertical of the T the vertical of a P if it is.

I think he was an apprentice at Wenford at the same time as Svend and Svend helped him set up his pottery back in the States after they both had left Wenford.

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Post by RoyJ99 on September 8th 2014, 1:18 am

I think Wendy may be correct. The large drip form the glaze is concealing some of the mark I think. Thank you everyone.
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Wenford apprentices/or not Cardews

Post by PottyWendy on September 8th 2014, 1:31 am

Sorry for slow reply. It is hard to see your mark properly so perhaps best if you look here and see which mark looks most like. Tom Roberts and Todd Piker's marks are very similar actually. This is a page of some of the marks of other people who worked, trained or made pots occasionally at Wenford. It is not complete- I have lots of lists of trainees but not photos of all their marks- Here are quite a few though-  Wenford marks
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Post by Potty on September 8th 2014, 1:39 am

Todd Piker looks spot on Most Excellent

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