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Post by studio-pots July 19th 2013, 5:06 pm

dantheman wrote:did Richard mark his pots?

His pots sometimes have incised marks (denoting an experimental clay body) or an ink mark (denoting a glaze recipe) but if you come across a pot that looks like Richard's with a RB mark then it is most likely a "Batterham" but by his son ,Reuben. He did mark very early work but only for a few years. Although it will be some around, I have never come across a piece.


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Post by studio-pots November 11th 2015, 6:21 pm

studio-pots wrote: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.

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After exchanging emails with Reuben today, he gave me more background to this. However, I ought to make it clear that my original statement was based on what Richard had told me during conversations I had with him.

It appears that Richard first tried salt-glazing with John Maltby around 1976/7 in John's kiln in Devon and then built his own kiln with the help of Thiébaut Chagué at his own pottery in 1978.

I knew from my conversations with Richard that he had had a salt kiln for a long time but he told me that he wasn't happy with the results so did no salt glazing for years.

It appears that the first time I ever saw any salt-glazed pots at Richard's was in 2003 and it was then that he said something along the lines of Reuben having helped him with some salt firing and shown him how it should be done.

Reuben's take is that they worked out a few things together, ending with "I didn't teach the master anything".

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Post by philpot December 22nd 2018, 9:58 pm

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Cut sided 10 inch vase.
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Post by studio-pots January 12th 2020, 2:14 pm

In recent years I have noticed an interest in Richard's work from younger collectors, who are recent converts to studio pottery. Therefore it is especially sad that he has had to stop potting due to health reasons.

Looking through this thread I didn't notice any examples of his work in porcelain, which is rare, but as I have just sold an example, I thought I would add the images below: -

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Post by studio-pots May 27th 2020, 11:37 am

A 2 pint salt glazed jug from some years ago.

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Post by philpot May 27th 2020, 7:07 pm

I think that collecting Richard Batterham is a very good place to start. His smaller work is fairly cheap for the exceptional quality that he produces. Moreover even the very large pieces are fetching nothing like the stratospheric prices that others are now getting. Equally, I think their attraction will last a lot longer than some other of the later Leach style potters. They are so quintessentially beautiful. Just stripped back to the very core that makes superb study pottery.
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Post by philpot May 27th 2020, 8:17 pm



There are a couple of fascinating 30 minute videos on You Tube of Richard Batterham making and firing. Well worth seeking out.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. May 27th 2020, 8:38 pm

Here is one

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Post by studio-pots May 29th 2020, 7:48 pm

philpot wrote:I think that collecting Richard Batterham is a very good place to start. His smaller work is fairly cheap for the exceptional quality that he produces. Moreover even the very large pieces are fetching nothing like the stratospheric  prices that others are now getting. Equally, I think their attraction will last a lot longer than some other of the later Leach style potters. They are so quintessentially beautiful. Just stripped back to the very core that makes superb study pottery.
     

Over recent years I have had younger people (30 - 40) becoming interested in his work so it is sad for him that he has had to stop potting when new customers were appearing.

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Post by philpot January 23rd 2021, 7:42 pm



Probably the best video on Richard Batterham. Produced by Gallery owner Joanna Bird.


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Post by studio-pots January 24th 2021, 12:04 am

Is Bord intentional or a typo, philpot? Cheeky

I found the video very enjoyable.

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Post by philpot January 24th 2021, 5:55 pm



Unpacking Richard Batterham. Literally that, an 11 minute video of an American lady unpacking a large box full of Richard Batterham pottery which had taken a long time to get to here. Its weirdly fascinating to see it all emerging.  
           Reminds me of the time when I was in Primavera in Cambridge, and they had a large box of Richard Batterham wares on the floor being unpacked. Same thing with lots and lots of straw.
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Post by studio-pots January 24th 2021, 8:44 pm

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This is what Richard called a Jam Jar. They were around 9 cm high.

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Post by studio-pots January 24th 2021, 8:46 pm

Richard's Beaten Bottles. They were thrown and then slapped or beaten to give them 4 sides.

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A small version around 16 cm tall.

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Post by studio-pots January 24th 2021, 8:47 pm

... and a taller one at 36 cm tall.

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Post by studio-pots January 24th 2021, 8:51 pm

Here's the base of the tall bottle to show what is meant by "beaten".

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Numbers, such as those shown here, are sometimes found on the bottom of Richard's pots. They indicate different glaze combinations.

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Post by studio-pots January 28th 2021, 11:56 am

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A bunch of long gone Batterhams.

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