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Post by big ed on October 5th 2012, 6:34 pm



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Post by big ed on October 5th 2012, 6:35 pm



Leach pottery mark and England

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Post by studio-pots on October 23rd 2012, 10:53 pm

This mug was part of the Standard Ware range that was produced at the Leach Pottery up until Bernard Leach's death in 1979. In an illustrated catalogue of Leach Standard Ware that I possess from 1975 this was one of three mugs produced at the time and was called a "Coffee Mug" with a retail price of 90p. They were available in 3 different glazes referred to as A, B and C. A - Black to rust tenmoku. B - Mottled grey brown, C- Pale celadon green (as above).

The Standard Ware range was made by the students and apprentices so cannot be attributed to any individual potter. However, they were certainly never thrown by Bernard.

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Post by studio-pots on October 24th 2012, 6:28 pm

Items of Leach Standard Ware used to be more common 25 years ago and you are right Ed that many are worth picking up, if the price is right.

Many of the items were unglazed on the outside like the "Small Lidded Stewpot with Lugs" below that was priced at 2.50 back in the 1975 catalogue. This was available with the A,B or C glazes inside that I mentioned above.

Something like this stewpot would have been made by a more experienced apprentice than the mugs. However, I would imagine that it would be less desirable in today's market.



This like the mug would be stamped with the St. Ives seal and sometimes England as well.

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Post by studio-pots on October 24th 2012, 6:34 pm

A "Small Cream Jug" with glaze A (Black to rust tenmoku) priced at 75p back in 1975. The glaze is at the rust end of the glaze spectrum.


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Post by bistoboy on October 24th 2012, 6:51 pm



should the mugs have saucers?
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Post by studio-pots on October 24th 2012, 7:36 pm

They did make coffee cups with saucers but as you say these are coffee mugs and they were not made with saucers.

The cups that had saucers were tapered but they didn't have the "flared" top like your mugs.

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Post by studio-pots on October 26th 2012, 4:25 pm

Perhaps the most desirable of the Standard Ware range are the Small Decorated Porringers like the example below.

These all had brushwork decoration and it is certain that Bernard Leach was responsible for some of the decoration but the vast majority would have been done by other potters.

In the 1975 catalogue these were priced at 1.60.



Underglazed St. Ives seal on the porringer above -


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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2012, 10:47 am

The "principals" at the pottery, together with some of the assistants when they were thought to be proficient enough, made individual items at the Leach Pottery. These would be marked with the potter's personal seal, as well as the St. Ives seal.

The examples below are 3 of Bernard Leach's pots that I had for sale earlier this year, with the large bottle being 12 inches tall. Bernard's personal seal did vary over the years but I have included an image of the most common one beside the St. Ives seal in the second image below.




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Post by big ed on October 28th 2012, 4:25 pm

Great Pieces John , every time I see the slab pot on the left I think of the forgery scandal surrounding these in 1980 when the fakes were being made by prison inmates , how long did you take to make yours ? and can you make me one as well Big Laughter Big Laughter Seriously though I would love them in my collection Most Excellent

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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2012, 5:12 pm

The cut sided porcelain bowl was to my mind the best of the three above and I should have perhaps kept it a little longer. The slab bottle went "to the trade" so it is probably still available if you are interested. Cheeky

I do have a slightly better example of the slab bottle in my own collection plus the Bernard Leach "Penwith" print of the same.

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Post by studio-pots on October 28th 2012, 10:40 pm

I don't think either of us could afford the slab bottle now!

The signed print I refer to was from the Penwith (Gallery) Portfolio published in 1973. A copy in the Tate collection can be seen at

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/leach-drawing-for-a-pot-p06359

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Post by studio-pots on October 29th 2012, 11:47 am

I got my print very reasonably off an art dealing friend several years ago. The Penwith Portfolio contains a series of prints by individual artists such as Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Alan Davie, Peter Lanyon and the like, so to the art world the one by Bernard Leach was not the most sort after.

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Post by l33ham180 on November 22nd 2012, 10:38 am

picked up this small janet leach footed dish before i went on holiday. if anybody has a (rough) idea of value could they PM me please. its approx 4" square and about 1" tall



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Post by l33ham180 on November 22nd 2012, 10:39 am

here are the markings on the base

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Post by NaomiM on November 22nd 2012, 5:45 pm

I believe that's Janet Leach's mark - JL in a triangle.

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Post by studio-pots on November 22nd 2012, 6:36 pm

These dishes with the impressed REPEAT as well as Janet's personal seal and Leach Pottery seal were made by Janet almost up to the end of her life. I have just checked and back in 1995 they were 21 from the pottery. She made them in series but no two were exactly the same. If you bought it for 30 and it is in perfect condition then you did exceptionally well, as I sold one for almost 100 more on that well known auction site some time ago.

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Post by studio-pots on February 24th 2013, 4:58 pm

As you might have noticed, I have been going through images of pots from the past today and below are a couple of vases by Janet Leach.



I know that her work is not everyone's cup of tea but one of my favorites, although not everything quite works.

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Post by studio-pots on February 24th 2013, 5:02 pm

.......... and a Kenneth Quick lidded storage jar. It did have his personal seal and the Leach Pottery seal but unfortunately I never saved an image.


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Post by skipposal on February 24th 2013, 5:15 pm

My teeny tiny Bernard Leach lidded pot. I understand that towards the end of his life his stamp was used a bit indiscriminately by other Leach potters, but I'd like to think the great man had a little to do with this piece! Got it from a Devon auction house not so long ago and it didn't break the bank (to my great surprise)!

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Post by studio-pots on February 24th 2013, 5:36 pm

Although Janet wanted others potters to use Bernard's personal seal once he had stopped potting, I have seen no evidence that it ever happened. I think that it is common knowledge that Bill Marshall was largely and on occasions solely responsible for making some of Bernard's larger pots but I think that it is safe to say that your little pot was made by Bernard. I think that he was a reasonable thrower but his pots did become increasingly heavy as he got older.

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Post by NaomiM on March 9th 2013, 8:33 pm

Little St Ives jug with sgraffito decoration





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Post by skipposal on March 10th 2013, 12:57 pm

Yes. I have a little standard ware jug and it's beautifully made and glazed.
7.9cm (height)


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Post by mowen on March 11th 2013, 9:30 pm

Another example of a porringer, I'm led to believe it is not unusual for them not to be stamped? I hope so!
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Post by studio-pots on March 12th 2013, 3:46 pm

mowen wrote:Another example of a porringer, I'm led to believe it is not unusual for them not to be stamped? I hope so!

Items of Standard ware would normally have the impressed St. Ives seal but stamps always get missed, especially on items that are the responsibility of more than one person. Your bowl looks fine, even if it has no stamp, but a little less easy to sell.

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