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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 7:37 pm

Celtic_Fan wrote: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

I'd have thought he was a bit heavier than that, but hard to know as it's quite an awkward thing to hold.




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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 8:45 pm

dantheman wrote:try the bathroom scales

Good plan, they are digital and pretty accurate!

Just over 6Kg it is.

"Feels" heavier, but guess that's due to the shape and how you have told hold it.

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on February 4th 2016, 10:42 pm

I want to pick him up and feel the feathers => always a good sign
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Post by Potty on February 4th 2016, 10:44 pm

22 Crawford St. wrote:I want to pick him up and feel the feathers => always a good sign

I need to thoroughly clean all the years of dust from each of the feathers soon.... Big Laughter

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Bill Fisher sculpture

Post by Nutkin on April 24th 2016, 12:17 pm

I was just googling Bill Fisher and came upon this forum. I have a spectacular sculpture by Bill Fisher of a head in terracotta. My mother has a dragon or lion sculpture, it looks a little like the Chinese dragons, it's also terracotta but painted black. My mother knew Bill and visited him a couple of times before he died, I think she has a letter from him as well. I never met him but I really admire his work.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 24th 2016, 1:04 pm

Welcome Nutkin. We would love to see some photos inc bases?

I hope they are nice and dusty?  Happy
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Post by Nutkin on April 24th 2016, 10:02 pm

I'll take some today and see if I can upload them.  It does get dusty but over the years (and it's about 45 years old), we have drenched it under the hosepipe.  Don't know if I should be doing that but it seems ok.  The head has lots of holes and over the years some things have got trapped in it namely small gemstones.  It's been around the world twice and been placed in some very precarious positions, I don't know how it managed to stay in one piece.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by studio-pots on April 25th 2016, 12:39 pm

I can see that it would trap dust particles and things bigger but an impressive piece.

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Post by NaomiM on April 25th 2016, 1:02 pm

Wow. Wonderful piece. I bet that keeps the burglars away :)

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 25th 2016, 4:07 pm

Has anyone seen anything like it? Does it represent anything? Green Man?

(I prefer old things with a little bit of dust)

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Nutkin on April 25th 2016, 10:47 pm

I forgot to mention it is 55cm in height. And I just realised you can see cobwebs down the bottom and Bill's signature.
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on April 28th 2016, 9:26 pm

22 Crawford St. wrote:Has anyone seen anything like it? Does it represent anything? Green Man?  

(I prefer old things with a little bit of dust)


I haven't seen anything like it before, a very rare piece Excellent

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 28th 2016, 10:03 pm

I would keep it in the guest bedroom in a dark corner. ...and never dust it.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 28th 2016, 10:29 pm

...with a dramatic light from below
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Celtic_Fan on May 10th 2016, 7:56 pm

A very nice piece Nutkin.
It is quite typical in style of Bills work (given how varied his work was), but these sculptures rarely appear for sale.
What is rather rare is Bills signature on it. This is the first things I've seen signed (excluding the early Mousehole stuff that had labels or painted signatures).
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on May 10th 2016, 10:38 pm

I just watched one of Bill rare pieces sell in ebay, it jumped 100 quid in the last ten seconds and sold for 150

I was going to bid 30

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on May 10th 2016, 11:25 pm

dantheman wrote:I just watched one of Bill rare pieces sell in ebay, it jumped 100 quid in the last ten seconds and sold for 150

I was going to bid 30

I saw that one, was curious what it would go for, not a great piece in my opinion, despite rarity.

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Celtic_Fan on May 11th 2016, 5:04 pm

It's all in the eye of the beholder. I LOVED it Beating Heart
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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by Potty on May 11th 2016, 5:24 pm

Celtic_Fan wrote:It's all in the eye of the beholder. I LOVED it Beating Heart

Indeed it is Most Excellent

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on May 14th 2016, 5:30 pm

Today I found an old auction catalogue describing a 13.5 inch terracotta lion, originally purchased in St Ives and made by Bill when he worked alongside the sculptor Dennis Mitchell



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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by dantheman on July 4th 2016, 1:02 pm

I was speaking to one of Bill's closest friends the other day,she told me of the 10 years following his split with Maggie when he rented and worked in a small house overlooking Mousehole harbour with kilns in the back yard.
During this 10 year period he made terracotta animals,plaques,unicorns etc but much of his time was devoted to painting.
He was forced to move from this house when his landlord refused to make repairs to the building , Bill moved to accommodation with no space for a kiln & this move marked the end of his career as a potter.

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 4th 2016, 9:46 pm

Well I have to confess that I'm a big fan of both Bill and Maggie. I see an affinity with Briglin. This piece was not really bid on as it has a firing crack, it's lopsided, scruffy, dirty and I love it. Reminds me of all that talk about Picasso and how he copied African art. Love the use of colour and texture all splashed in together, different blacks, shiny, matt, crack who cares don't look at the detail look at the overall. I'm a fan but I can also see why people are tepid, but don't look a the poor stuff look at the good stuff






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Post by dantheman on July 4th 2016, 11:02 pm

I love the depth and the looseness of decoration on that piece

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Re: Bill Fisher, formerly of Mousehole

Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 4th 2016, 11:03 pm

You mean it's scruffy!
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