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Post by skipposal on February 26th 2013, 8:08 pm

Here's another potter that I really rate when I'm in the mood for something lighthearted. She's also quite collectable and her current work sells for good prices. I bought this delightful mug from the Great Eastern Co-op shop (now Craftco) in Southwold, Suffolk during the early 1990s. At that time Maureen was based in Homersfield, nr Harlaston, Suffolk. The cup, which I used for years, is wheelthrown in red earthenware with painted slip and sgraffito decoration under a clear glaze. Unmarked. 8.8cm (height).

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My second Minchin piece appeared recently on ebay and even though it has a small hairline I couldn't resist, especially as it was made after her move in 2000 to Scotland. Exactly the same techniques but this time with a stamp. 5.4cm (height).

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Post by Potty on February 26th 2013, 8:27 pm

I rate her work highly too, the decoration she does is brilliant. Happy

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Post by NaomiM on February 27th 2013, 5:23 pm

Her work reminds me of Margaret Brampton's stuff - and her prices are still very reasonable in comparison. I predict she'll be just as expensive in a couple of decades from now.

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Post by NaomiM on June 17th 2014, 7:55 am

Large plate with dragonflies


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Post by studio-pots on June 18th 2014, 10:09 am

A potter that I've not heard of, who it appears hasn't marked her work since the late 1980s.

I assume that you judge it to be her work on the style and, if so, has it changed over the years?

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Post by NaomiM on June 18th 2014, 10:45 am

It hasn't changed much in terms of technique and designs and materials, but the compositions have become more elaborate over the years. I also have a frog bowl to upload which is marked and has a bare border which these days she would have filled with extra plants and animals.

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Post by NaomiM on June 18th 2014, 10:50 am

There is a Minchin collectors page on FB.  Happy 
Apparently her next kiln opening is in October.

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Post by Potty on June 18th 2014, 3:29 pm

studio-pots wrote:A potter that I've not heard of, who it appears hasn't marked her work since the late 1980s.

I assume that you judge it to be her work on the style and, if so, has it changed over the years?

She's a potter who's pots are instantly recognisable, though her earlier pots are a lot plainer, they are still in the same manner.

I could spot her pots a mile off, but I not be able to tell you what her mark looks like.  Laughter 

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Post by NaomiM on June 18th 2014, 6:01 pm

Potty wrote:

I could spot her pots a mile off, but I not be able to tell you what her mark looks like.  Laughter 

Fret no more, Potty, here it is.  Happy  - although it's not the mark in Yates-Owen, so I don't know when it dates from, but it is a relatively early piece of hers judging by the degree of decoration.



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Post by NaomiM on June 18th 2014, 10:24 pm

I suspect the dragonfly 'plate' was the base to a cheese dome.

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Post by Davee on September 19th 2018, 8:41 am

Fantastic attention to detail on this little hare jug, her decoration is absolute top quality.


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Post by imajica on February 5th 2020, 2:29 pm

I am about to gift this to a colleague, but I must know where it came from before it goes!  Thank you in advance, as always, for your patience and expertise 😊Maureen Minchin b1954 Img_2067
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Post by NaomiM on February 5th 2020, 5:52 pm

Very nice. I'm pretty sure it's by Maureen Minchin, but Jenny Hale makes similar work.
Seems to be Minchin's unrecorded 'duck' mark. The Marks book annoyingly says "No mark for Downs Farm" which was 1988-2000, but i think this is it. (Jenny Hale signs her work)
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Post by imajica on February 5th 2020, 6:21 pm

Thank you, another mystery off my shelf 😁
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Post by philpot on April 2nd 2020, 7:27 pm

The mark is oneshe used between 1983-88 at Spring Farms pottery, Waveney, Suffolk. Which would chime with the decoration on this one not looking anything like as sophisticated as her later work. The main problem you get with Maureen Minchin is that right through the 1990's she did not use a mark.
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