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Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by climberg64 on May 9th 2012, 7:56 pm



Lovely little condiment set.
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Post by skipposal on March 13th 2013, 9:00 pm

I've learned lots about Crowan Pottery from Phil Oliver's website Crowan Pottery. I have several pieces in my collection, it's always well-made and looks great on dispay. I've also sold on quite a bit - always gets good prices and seems to have quite a following in Australia - not so surprising as they moved to New Zealand and set up another pottery after Crowan. It's amazing how much pottery they produced at Crowan given they were only there 1946-62. Here's just a selection.

First their mark which I don't think varies. It's not on every single item though.



Stoneware lidded jug with brushed/resist iron oxide decoration over grey celadon glaze. 9.7cm (height)


Hot water jug with lid, brushed cobalt decoration on grey celadon glaze


Six wheelthrown stoneware eggcups with various coloured glazes. 3.6cm (height)


Tea or coffee pot with brushed cobalt decoration over grey celadon glaze.


Milk jug with brushed cobalt decoration over off-white celadon glaze


Kitchenware


Vegetable dish with brushed cobalt decoration over grey celadon glaze (quite unusual according to Phil).

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Studio pottery tea pot with cane handle - Crowan Pottery

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Post by RVsaid on October 23rd 2013, 5:22 pm

It's a bit odd as the terracotta colour finish is only surface deep, as you can see from the sizeable chip
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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by NaomiM on October 23rd 2013, 5:24 pm

I suspect the chip is due to the glaze sticking to the kiln floor.

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by studio-pots on October 23rd 2013, 8:27 pm

Naomi is right about the cause of the chip but it is stoneware and the grey colour is the normal colour of the stoneware that has not been "toasted", as the surface has during firing.

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Post by RVsaid on October 24th 2013, 2:04 pm

A very kind gentleman has just confirmed the following:
A crowan teapot but obviously a second. I did work for a short time with Harry Davis in the late fifties and I remember there were problems with the black tenmoku glaze. The teapot you have has a very bad case of crawling, this where the glaze in firing runs back on itself because glaze not adhering to the clay body. The reason for this was because that particular glaze was double dipped. A single dip gave the rust brown quality,then they waxed areas and the second dip making the glaze thicker produced the black. So sometimes the water from the second dip lifted the glaze of the body slightly, so during the firing it pulled back.
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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by NaomiM on November 8th 2014, 2:27 pm

Cereal bowl-sized. Very faint CP mark near foot rim on base.
Lidded casserole pot with same decoration - http://www.philoliver.com/pottery/harry.htm



 

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by skipposal on November 8th 2014, 6:31 pm

Gosh - without the mark I'd never have guessed that was Crowan
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Post by NaomiM on November 8th 2014, 7:19 pm

The monogram is too faint to make out. Someone who knows their work well ID-ed it for me :)

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by studio-pots on November 8th 2014, 11:02 pm

I had some bowls, slightly lighter but the same strange clay body and incised pattern, by them in the past.

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by NaomiM on November 8th 2014, 11:45 pm

There's one on you-know-where, but without the V sgraffito decoration.

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egg's cup, marked CP - Crowan pottery

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by NaomiM on March 27th 2016, 11:46 pm

Lidded pot. Unmarked but typical Crowan decoration










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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by denbydump on March 27th 2016, 11:58 pm

Yes the glazed base is typical. On nearly every piece I have, the mark is glazed
over, and very hard to see, let alone decipher.
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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by studio-pots on March 28th 2016, 11:53 am

Despite the person who sold these to me saying, "Tea coffee" I think they might have had another purpose. Luckily, they hadn't been used.




I sold them to a lady in the States.

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

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Post by studio-pots on April 1st 2016, 8:45 pm

Lovely pattern but I had to flip the image, philpot, as I was concerned about it falling off the wall! Cheeky

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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by philpot on April 2nd 2016, 6:49 am

Thanks Studio. Have not posted images on here for so long,that its a learning curve again. Life is curious. Have not seen much Crowan for ages,then 3 coffee/ tea sets come up within two months.
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Crowan Pottery Part Teaset - Harry & May Davis.

Post by potterymad62 on March 16th 2017, 8:29 pm

Very nice Crowan Pottery Celadon part teaset all stamped with CP marks. I love this pottery, my favourite over all Cornish studio pottery.  Excellent



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Re: Harry and May Davis, Crowan Pottery

Post by philpot on July 5th 2017, 7:23 am

For the Harry and May Davis completist. A Crewenna bowl from their pottery in New Zealand.
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