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Post by skipposal Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:37 am

I wonder if anyone else has heard of Chris Otway, aka 'The Shere Potter'? When I went to Durham University in 1978 I took with me a stoneware teapot and matching sugar bowl by this potter. Both items were broken long ago but in typical geek-mode I kept some fragments with the stamp on and a photo of the sugar bowl in use (sadly the teapot is hidden by a fetching tea cosy). I did a bit of online research in 2009 and found a reference to him in a 1977 article in Surrey Life vol 5:1 but haven't yet got hold of a copy. I'd love to know if anyone else has items by him (or her) and if you know anything about their history.

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Post by DIANE Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:39 am

Funnily enough just emptying some more boxes of my mothers and found this. Don't know anything about the potter though sorry

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Post by skipposal Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:57 am

How lovely! Does it have the same mark?
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Post by DIANE Fri Mar 08, 2013 7:41 am

Yes exactly the same
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Post by studio-pots Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:17 am

I know Shere in Surrey, as it is somewhere that I pass through from time to time, but can't ever recall seeing a pottery there.

The 1970s was probably one of the best times for making a living out of studio pottery so not surprising that there is no sign of such goings on these days.

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Post by skipposal Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:25 am

Thank you SP
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Post by droffey007 Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:27 pm

Hi, I have loads of this pottery from my mother-in-law, who lived in the area at the time.
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Post by skipposal Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:44 pm

Great! Any chance of a few photos? Do you know anything about the history of the potter and his pottery?
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Post by J Otway Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:39 pm

Chris had his pottery by the stream in shere and he sold his work in the square. He was there for about 10 years.
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Post by dantheman Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:01 pm

do you own any of his pottery? I'm assuming you are a relative?

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Post by J Otway Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:08 am

Yes I was his wife.
He trained as a teacher in Chichester and went to work in London, but only for a short time. He moved up to Swaledale to work for another potter. Not sure of his name. This was all before I met him.
He started his pottery in Shere around 1975 and we married in1976. We had 3 children and in 1984 he had all sorts of problems health wise and we moved to a pub near Midhurst called the Potter and Vine now known as The Bluebell. He died 13 years ago of cancer.
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Post by NaomiM Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:20 am

Welcome to the forum. Happy It's lovely to have some biographical information about the potters who's work we collect.
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Post by skipposal Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:01 am

I second that, lovely to add information to my archives. I wonder who the Swaledale potter was, not sure how long the Garden Pottery has been in Reeth
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Post by alexthepotter Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:55 am

I've tried to contact Jan Otway to get some advice on setting up a pottery in Shere but have not had any replies to my emails this last year. Anbody know where she is?

Anybody have any thoughts on a pottery in shere?
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Post by alexthepotter Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:54 pm

I went to see the curator at the Shere Musuem yesterday. They had a very poor piece that they attributed to Chris but definitely was not his work, it was too amateurish. However I did speak to the grocer on the square who remembered Chris (and the white clogs at his wedding) and they happened to have a pot of his, which they use for general stationery. It was for the local hunt in 1981. I recommended one day they should donate it to the museum. Anybody else that has a pot by Chris, can you donate it to the museum (please) by getting in touch with the curator? http://www.sheremuseum.co.uk/

Here are a few pics from the day including the old pottery (you have to guess to see which one it is) https://www.dropbox.com/sh/747jpha7hnhmc7w/AAAGlR8s4z5_ysLX8nK6cZ85a?dl=0
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Post by NaomiM Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:50 pm

Good idea, Alex. If I ever come across one the museum will have first choice.

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Post by Celtic_Fan Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:53 pm

A couple of small mugs to add to the library

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A think the quality of these mugs speaks for themselves
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Post by stardust* Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:26 pm

I've just read through this thread and I have had a small cabinet vase (4.5 inch tall) made by Chris Otway on my shelf for a while, I don't know if it's worked but I've tried to contact the Museum to see if I can donate it.

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Post by NaomiM Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:25 am

Set of six unmarked goblets with the distinctive dipped glaze used by Shere Pottery

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