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Post by skipposal on February 28th 2013, 6:53 pm

Here's tonight's pot from my collection. I've had it for years and have no idea how I came by it. It's only recently that I realised who it was by. The tazze is one of his characteristic shapes so even though it's not marked it's instantly recognisable as being by 'the potters' potter'. I believe he has a show on in Bath at the moment.

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Post by skipposal on February 28th 2013, 7:34 pm

Ooops. 9.5cm (height)
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Post by studio-pots on February 28th 2013, 11:27 pm

Here's a beaten bottle (Richard's title) that I sold last year - 15 inches/38 centimetres high.

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Post by studio-pots on March 1st 2013, 9:04 am

There isn't a great deal of variety, as he makes a limited number of items and the shapes have stayed the same or with slight changes over the years. His glaze range too is limited.

These are all his decisions and he is happy to tell anyone that he is not an exhibition potter.

Having said all of that I have owned a bottle similar to the one above since I got engaged (the wife had a ring instead) and I have never tired of it.

To my mind his work is far superior to any of the other potters making ash glazed stoneware today.

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Post by skipposal on March 1st 2013, 6:43 pm

I agree - very honest work, good to look at, good to use and not so expensive that you mind doing so.
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Post by big ed on March 2nd 2013, 8:38 am

I don't doubt the talent or the quality in the pots , I personally would like to have seen more form choices , not really sure what he meant that he's not an exhibition potter .
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Post by studio-pots on March 2nd 2013, 8:58 am

In the days when I staged solo exhibitions, a potter would provide me with around 60 or so items of new work and to make it interesting a potter would make and select a variety of forms and glazes.

Richard has never had any interest in doing that. He makes what he wants to and has never tried to pander to what you, I or anyone else wants.

I remember some years ago being asked by one of my customers, who collected yunomis and teabowls, if I thought Richard might make some and I told him that he could ask him if he wished but I was certain that the answer would be "No". He did and the answer was a "very positive No".

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Post by big ed on March 2nd 2013, 9:58 am

Thanks for that SP , i can understand him not wanting to pander to anyone , also it's his life and he can please himself, that of course is his perogative .
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Post by studio-pots on March 2nd 2013, 10:29 am

It wouldn't work for every potter but it has for him - he is one of the very few potters that I know who is VAT registered due to his turnover.

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Post by studio-pots on March 3rd 2013, 8:38 pm

I have found some variety - a salt glazed large beaten bottle!!

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Post by skipposal on March 3rd 2013, 8:45 pm

Very nice - is it beaten to shape it after it has been wheelthrown - or to decorate it?
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Post by studio-pots on March 3rd 2013, 8:48 pm

He slaps them about after throwing to make them slightly angular rather than a smooth curve. He doesn't always do that but it seems as if I tend to like them that way.


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Post by big ed on March 3rd 2013, 8:52 pm

studio-pots wrote:I have found some variety - a salt glazed large beaten bottle!!

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That's a superb pot .
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Post by studio-pots on March 3rd 2013, 9:03 pm

He's fairly new to salt glazing and isn't always happy with the results but some do turn out rather well. His son, Reuben, taught him.

While on the subject of Reuben, it might be worth pointing out that some of his pots are similar to his father's and he uses an RB impressed mark. On occasions I have seen these being sold as "Richard Batterham's early work".

The only marks that are found on Richard's work are incised clay body codes or glaze codes in ink and then only rarely.

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Post by studio-pots on April 23rd 2013, 9:45 pm

A cut sided jar with a celadon glaze.

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Post by skipposal on April 24th 2013, 7:07 am

Is that a new glaze for him?
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Post by studio-pots on April 24th 2013, 5:06 pm

No that jar is from the late 20th century!

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Post by philpot on June 19th 2013, 10:27 am

A thread on Richard Batterham with hardly any pictures!
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Post by philpot on June 19th 2013, 10:28 am

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Post by philpot on June 19th 2013, 10:32 am

He sure does a wonderful teapot.And this shape comes in several different sizes.This 23 cms from spout to handle end.

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Post by philpot on June 19th 2013, 10:41 am

Coffee Mugs? Now this is where his non-marking can get tricky.I picked these up in a charity shop for a couple of quid a few years ago. To me,stylistically,they look totally kosher.But....I will always have that slight niggle of doubt:happy2:.
What do YOU think?

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Post by philpot on June 19th 2013, 10:51 am

Now this one is probably amongst my all time favourites of studio pottery that I and my wife have,and we have had it for many years.
             The cut sided bowl is probably Richard Batterham's trade mark.Such elegance,such balance.and ooooh such skill!
             This bowl is 31 cms in diameter,and 19 cms high.Oh,and its Wonderful for making bread!.That's it with Batterham Pots.they cry out to be used.

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Post by dantheman on July 18th 2013, 9:32 pm

did Richard mark his pots?

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Post by skipposal on July 18th 2013, 10:06 pm

No
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Post by dantheman on July 18th 2013, 10:07 pm

Silly Richard!

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