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Post by stillscurrying on Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:22 pm

Can somebody please help shed some light on the maker of this very nice slipware jug!  The jug stands only 5 3/4 inches in height and around 4 1/2 inches from the lip edge to the back of the handle, making it quite small for a jug.  Made of earthenware it would seem to be quite a newly made piece but the slip decoration is very nice. It has an impressed star shaped mark to the base of the handle but not a maker that I am aware of.  Many thanks,  stillscurrying



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Post by NaomiM on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:09 pm

Could it be by Richard Godfrey? Came across a similar jug on ebay listed as RICHARD GODFREY STUDIO POTTERY SLIPWARE JUG - DEVON (see completed listings), which has a paper label with the potter's details.
Searching google Godfrey appears to have completely changed his style since then - assuming it's the same person.
(love the jug btw).

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Richard Godfrey

Post by Catshome on Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:37 am

I see what you mean - something about the colour and that little bit of decoration. I contacted the seller (tigerruss) and have their written permission to include the pictures on the forum - it might help identify other pieces of his work if the label is missing.





I have sent him an email and picture to ask if it his work and will post back when I hear anything.

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Post by Catshome on Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:42 am

Naomi has nailed another one! British Studio Potters' Marks has that impress as used by Richard Godfrey on domestic ware from 1973.
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Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:51 am

Met Richard Godfrey at Art In Clay, Farnham, 2012, and bought a mug from his range of wares bearing very bright glazes and jazzy decoration.



He doesn't normally sign his mugs (just his limited and one off pieces), but I asked him to sign this one.





He warned me that a large number of pots were ruined in a gallery fire a couple of years ago, but are now finding their way onto ebay listed as "undamaged", even though the glaze has been damaged.

He's been potting for several decades, and his modern stuff is very different from the slipware he was producing back in the 70s and 80s - most of which was sold to Cranks restaurant chain.
From wikipedia:
Cranks was a chain of English wholefood vegetarian restaurants, of which only one now remains at Totnes, Devon. It was founded and owned by David and Kay Canter and Daphne Swann, and its flagship restaurant was at Marshall Street in the West End of London.
He says that Cranks' diners were buying his domestic wares so quickly that he was sending boxes full to London to resupply the restaurants each week.

His mark has also changed over the years: The small impressed spoked wheel mark is now a larger setting sun mark. However, there are similarities in the zig-zag and dot style of decoration.

Examples of his 70s-80s style slipware pots can be seen on this thread:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t8407-a-well-decorated-slipware-jug
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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:31 pm

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Richard Godfrey mug

Post by kimberly3.2 on Sun May 12, 2013 3:54 pm

hi there, long time reader....first time poster! I couldn't find what I was looking for on previous posts or in the 'signature' forum, so I hoped somebody would recognises the signature on the bottom of this mug (if I have sussed the image upload!)



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I am one of these people that gets stuck doing all the ebaying whenever an older family member is having a clear out! reading your forum has helped me identify mdina glass so at least I had a clue what it was I was listing, but I cant even read this one!

Thanks for any help!
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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Sun May 12, 2013 3:56 pm


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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by Potty on Sun May 12, 2013 4:04 pm

Naomi we agree! *High five* Big Laughter

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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Sun May 12, 2013 4:05 pm


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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by kimberly3.2 on Sun May 12, 2013 4:09 pm

that was super speedy, you guys know your stuff!
Many Thanks...I was googling all sorts of letter combinations but never a D in there!
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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Sun May 12, 2013 4:13 pm

I helps to have one of his mugs at home - and to have met him at Farnham. Happy

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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by NaomiM on Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:15 pm

Another mug


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Couple of teapots - Richard Godfrey

Post by mderouss on Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:44 pm

Hi folk,

I have a bad memory :).

One of the teapots below ( the yellow one, as it happens ) I remember purchasing in a nice pottery with a cafe attached on my way back from Cornwall about 20 years ago. There were cups to be had too, but I couldn't afford a complete set. But that's all I can remember about it.

Just recently I came across a clearly related teapot at a craft fair ( the red one, by a process of elimination... ).

For reasons that are unclear to me, I have tagged the yellow teapot in my mind with 'Dartington'. But who knows - there are lots of potteries between Penzance and Southeast England....

So I'm just trying to discover a little more about these, the first thing being the potter ? Any ideas ?



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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by dantheman on Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:18 pm

Richard Godfrey

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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by mderouss on Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:14 pm

Woooo, that was quick ! Indeed, a little googling shows you are certainly correct :). I've even tracked down the place I bought it now ( The Dartington Cider Press centre, just outside Totnes ).

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Post by NaomiM on Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:21 pm

Sadly Richard Godfrey died today. He was a great potter and a lovely man.

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Yellow glaze, yellow clay, signed - Richard Godfrey

Post by slopingsteve on Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:48 pm



Qu'est-ce que c'est?

Pretentious,moi?

Mais, Non!!!

Je gagne l'O level en Francais depuis les 44 ans!

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Post by studio-pots on Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:12 pm

Doesn't it say Godfrey?

Richard Godfrey, who died just over a year ago?

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Re: Richard Godfrey

Post by dantheman on Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:54 pm

yes it looks like Richard's work, he's the nicest potter I ever met and is sadly missed

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Post by slopingsteve on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:11 pm

..yes, obviously it says Godfrey now you say it but I stared at it for days and couldn't make any sense of it whatsoever. I knew that I had seen the sort of design before but....
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Post by NaomiM on Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:43 pm

Definitely a Richard Godfrey's piece. very distinctive decoration.

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