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Post by MCWebs December 20th 2018, 12:59 am

I am wondering if this could be the work of RB - Unfortunately only marked with a No. - just saw a similar-ish thing advertised by Oxford Ceramics on ebay and that had a number on it too, but I dont know much about Batterham... Shame it has no potter's mark on it!!

am i barking up the wrong tree? what's the verdict?

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Post by philpot December 20th 2018, 5:15 am

Richard Batterham did not do a great deal of salt glaze. So there is your first problem. He rarely put numbers like that on his pots. Not to say never, but it would be unusual. He has been imitated a great deal, as his work is as near perfection as you can get in a specific branch of studio pottery. Because it is not marked a lot of Ebay sellers market pots that vaguely look like Batterham, as his. It is your normal Ebay minefield. Not to say anything about Oxford Ceramics of course, they are one of the top dealers in the field and no doubt their Batterham is entirely kosher.

A Batterham pot often just sings. It has a stylistic perfection of 60 odd years of potting. It has a look, a beauty that is just umistakeable. At this precise moment I am looking at one of his teapots. You cannot mistake it for anyone else!

So as to this one. Where did you get it? Provenance is important. Batterham rarely comes up at Boot Sales. Those three firing spots on the bottom do not look like a Batterham technique. The cut sided is perhaps just not quite elegant enough. If if was on Ebay as a Batterham I personally would not buy it!
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Post by NaomiM December 20th 2018, 10:27 am

The sloping cuts are typical of Batterham but I agree with Philpot that the rest doesn’t look right. There are a number of other studio potters who make cut sided pots but without a mark it’ll take a little longer to remember who they are

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Post by hercules brabazon December 20th 2018, 11:15 am

The rest of Philpot's points are valid, but from the (non saltglazed)  pieces I have, I'd say the three firing spots were absolutely typical of RB's  work.
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Post by MCWebs December 20th 2018, 5:13 pm

I might have found something that could be a mark on it... Zoomed it a bit... It could be a normal scratch though

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is it an MG ?
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Post by studio-pots December 21st 2018, 8:58 pm

It is by Richard Batterham. Everything about it looks correct to me and the incised number is also indicative, as he uses that to identify different stoneware bodies that he uses from time to time.

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Post by NaomiM December 21st 2018, 10:01 pm

Checking it with a number of Batterham’s pieces I agree it’s his. I don’t know what the number represents; Maybe a test piece

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Post by studio-pots December 21st 2018, 10:13 pm

When I have been in his store rooms there are always several numbered. The incised ones like this refer to the stoneware body recipe used.

He calls these pots "jam jars".

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Post by philpot December 22nd 2018, 9:56 am

Very interesting. You do learn a lot on here!
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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 MCWebs December 22nd 2018, 10:16 pm

Many Many thanks S-Pots, After your comments i looked a bit deeper online and found this example on an auction archive from Woolley and Wallis - which is a dead ringer in style... It also had a mark but saying 3 to 1 so I'm guessing 31 being the ratio in the mixture as the same as above...

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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 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 December 4th 2020, 8:39 pm

How tall is it?
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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 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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