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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by lionman16 on December 2nd 2012, 3:04 am

I have a collection of Bills work , My wife June and I bought it in August 1959 !!at the Wharf Pottery Mouse hole harbour, a signed fish dish , a terracot bull and cow and a pair of beakers ' one still has a label "made and designed by william fisher, Maggie also made June a pair of expandable flap sailcloth trousers , she was 6 months pregnant , and enjoyed playing with Maggie's baby, I think the studio had not been open long
Brian Rudd now aged 80 !!!! sadly now a widower 16 years

Mod Edit: Brian I've taken out your address and pnone number - not good to have it on the internet
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Post by Celtic_Fan on December 2nd 2012, 12:16 pm

Welcome to the forum Brian.

We'd love to see pics of your items, especially the Bull, his terracotta work is really outstanding.
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Post by NaomiM on December 2nd 2012, 6:06 pm

Welcome Brian. I'd love to see some photos too.

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on October 31st 2013, 9:34 pm

these are the pieces that Brian mentioned









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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by NaomiM on March 18th 2015, 6:16 pm

This was posted on Facebook as an ID request and I asked the owner's permission to copy it here.
The consensus is it's by Leaper as the style and eyes and stance is very like the Leaper bulls, but no one's seen another one. Any info?





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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on March 18th 2015, 6:17 pm

Bill Fisher

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Celtic_Fan on March 18th 2015, 9:33 pm

OOh VERY NICE Beating Heart
Dan is absolutely right. There is no doubt at all about this being Bills work.

One of the nicest things I've seen in a long time.

I'm not surprised the owner doesn't want to sell it.
But if ever they do Innocent point them in my direction.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Morganmike on January 21st 2016, 10:06 pm

Just joined and so very pleased to get some info after 'years' of searching/wondering.......I bought a large bull ( about 14" length ) and a smaller lion, similar to the one that is shown a few posts back. I have always loved these and often wondered what happened to the artist but I'm still unsure who made them. Was it Bill Fisher or Eric L???
I bought them back in the mid to late 60's whilst on holidaying in Cornwall and diving in Lamorna Cove, staying at The Wink - or that's what I think I remember !!. I thought it greedy buying both although I also loved the unicorns as well. I now wish I had bought one.
I have just photographed them for uploading but I'm lost and do not seem to be able to get it onto the site. Happy to mail them to anyone who can !
Found the posts interesting but happy to hear who made them. Michael
PS still love the area but don't get down often enough although the sculptures are a constant reminder of great times, my youth and old friends .

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Post by dantheman on January 21st 2016, 10:15 pm

I'm happy to help Mike and have sent you a private message

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Morganmike on January 22nd 2016, 11:24 pm

Did you get the photos to load?
Kindest, Michael
PS does this site do Clarice C and potters like ,Charlotte Rhead etc ?
Have several CC dinner sets and tubeline stuff...
Just going to buy a wheel and kiln so look out for my stuff on here.

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Post by NaomiM on January 23rd 2016, 12:13 am

Yes, we do most types of pottery Happy

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on January 23rd 2016, 10:56 am


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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on January 23rd 2016, 11:00 am

two wonderful Bill Fisher pieces Mike Excellent

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by mowen on January 24th 2016, 10:51 pm

They are brilliant. I love them.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Celtic_Fan on January 29th 2016, 7:57 pm

Lovely Lions Mike.
Thanks for adding them.
Can never have too much of Bills Work.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Morganmike on February 3rd 2016, 6:01 pm

Lovely Lion but one is a Brilliant Bull! I could have only been 15 up to a maximum of 19 when I bought these in the mid/late sixties. This is part of the sixties I can remember.
I think I was a bit grown up back then as I did like collecting stuff. Somehow the picture of the unicorn on the site is not as I remember. I recall it looking like the items I posted - obviously a horse with a horn but in a similar pose to the lion and bull. I just could not afford three pieces but buying more than one is typical of me if I cannot decide which I like best ! I love both.
For info my family have done a couple of pottery courses with Douglas & Jenny - years ago......nice people and she is a great cook. Little oasis in Somerset .

I don't know if any of you can help but as a significant birthday is looming for my wife I was considering a wheel and kiln. Unsure if this is the place to ask but why not! Anyone got a good recommendation for what to buy ? Might also ask Ridge.
Nice site this with plenty of info. Michael
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Celtic_Fan on February 3rd 2016, 7:26 pm

Yeh, Don't know what I was thinking there Doh!
Great that you were collecting at that age (I was a little older when I started) I wish I had started younger when my local pottery was still in production - I used to look in the window and admire the work, but never bought any Frustrated
I don't recall seeing a 'full' bodied Unicorn (only the heads) but I wouldn't be surprised to hear Bill made some. He did do some lovely 'full' Horses - some very fancy.

I've got several of his pieces, but have still to get a large Lion (only got small ones).

Hopefully one of the Mods will move your request for Kiln info to a relevant section.
There are certainly people on here who could offer advise, but may not see it here.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 6:25 pm

Celtic_Fan wrote:I was talking about my terracotta pieces, but as Dan said they are posted.
Most aren't 'attributed' to me as the pic's have been plucked from the internet.
But they are still on here.

Oh, was it these?

dantheman wrote:these are the pieces that Brian mentioned









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Post by Celtic_Fan on February 4th 2016, 6:31 pm

Unfortunately, those ones aren't in my collection Sad
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 6:46 pm

I bought one of his sculptural pieces recently (damaged a fair bit but was fairly cheap and should be easy to restore to an acceptable standard).

Will get some pics up later, they wont be great pictures, as moving soon and the place is a mess!

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Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 6:51 pm

This is Herbert (he's so big I had to name him!), he's around 16 inches high and weighs a ton.



worse damage on the other side, will post more pictures at a later date Happy

Only just unwrapped him and he is very very dusty! SHould look nice once restored and cleaned I think, though my wife disagrees... Embarrassed

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Post by Celtic_Fan on February 4th 2016, 7:07 pm

He is FANTASTIC Beating Heart And clearly Bills Work (guess it's not marked).
I'd certainly have bought him! Mine also have some damage, so this seems almost to be expected.
The variety of Bills work is amazing. It seems the more you see, the more you realise how little you've seen.
I've seen a photo of a similar(ish) figure but not that close.

GREAT FIND!
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Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 7:18 pm

Cheers, yes it does look like a type of clay that would damage very very easily, to be honest I'm surprised it survived the kiln! Bill must have really known his clay and firing.

I don't think it's marked, but it's a bit hard to move to check due to the weight, but once I get around to cleaning him and taking some better pictures I'll try and remember to take a picture of the base too.

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Post by Celtic_Fan on February 4th 2016, 7:30 pm

Just be careful - don't want to damage him looking for what isn't there.
At 16" he's about the height of a Unicorn (mine weighs 5.5Kg), my Bull is just over 6Kg
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