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Post by potterymad62 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:54 pm



Hi

Can anyone help with identifying this Porthleven Potter.

Regards Ernie.


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Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery near Helston Cornwall

Post by potterymad62 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:41 pm

Graham Fern pottery tankard. He set up his pottery in the small seaside town of Porthleven near Helston in Cornwall UK. The pottery was very short lived and I think ran through the 70s & early 80s and closed in the mid late 80s. His wife daughter Fenella also a potter, never seen or came across any of her pots. They closed the pottery and moved to New Zealand and a great friend of Norman Taylor of the Bolingey Pottery.

There's not much details & info on the pottery. However I still doing the research on the pottery. The tankard below is one of Graham's fine Soda Glaze designs & his gf base marks.

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My bad Grammer

Post by potterymad62 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:53 pm

Sorry for my poor grammer in the Graham Fern title topic. Here is another Graham Fern. I have a lovely rare cobalt blue dish with an engraved fish design by Mr Fern, I think I have a picture some where on my external hardrive, must dig it out and post.

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by skipposal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:09 pm

Like that toasty coloured body, bit like Muchelney at its best
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:27 pm

Porthleven jug in the same pattern.







Kicking myself that I didn't photograph the seller's other set of Porthleven pottery which was in a delicate off-white glaze. I only got one of the base of the large platter -


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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by slopingsteve on Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:49 pm



Fishy dishy - about 9 inches across - by Graham Fern with a large scrolling Porthleven inscribed on the bottom, and a lovely set of hundreds of concentric arcs where the wire has cut the plate from the wheel.
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Brian Jasper, Porthleven Pottery

Post by timchapman on Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:43 pm

potterymad62 wrote:

Hi

Can anyone help with identifying this Porthleven Potter.

Regards Ernie.


Hi The Potter is Brian Jasper.
He worked in Porthleven in the early 1970s. He was there before Graham Fern, but after Jon Cheney.
I can find no current reference to him on the internet.
I have a coffee pot, jug and bowl made by him, so can confirm the mark.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by dantheman on Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:26 am

thanks Tim and welcome to the forum.  Happy 

We would love to see and hear about some of your pottery

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by brin mcardle on Sun May 25, 2014 11:34 pm





Gorgeous Porthleven Soda Glaze Jug by Graham Fern...already identified by Naomi. It was bought to sell but I may fallen in love with it
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:55 pm

Tall cylinder by Graham Fern






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Nice little Bowl...with a very clear mark ??

Post by brin mcardle on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:07 pm





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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:35 pm

I think it might be JC for Jano Clarke. A little known potter based in Dunster, Somerset and potting until recently. Saw one of her jugs last year and looked up the mark. I hope she's still potting because I'd love one of her jugs.

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by BrandX on Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:20 pm

Its Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery - have just identified the same mark after searching for about a year.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11619-graham-fern-porthleven-pottery-near-helston-cornwallm
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:30 pm

BrandX wrote:Its Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery - have just identified the same mark after searching for about a year.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11619-graham-fern-porthleven-pottery-near-helston-cornwallm

Agreed. Graham Fern. Excellent

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by denbydump on Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:33 am

Surely it's either JC, CJ or fD, Df depending which way up?



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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:49 am

That swipe across the front of the pot is typical of Graham Fern's style of decoration,

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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by BrandX on Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:58 pm

Mark is the same, decoration is the same... no doubt.
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Graham Fern Bowl.

Post by potterymad62 on Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:03 pm

Very nice large Graham Fern Bowl.







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Graham Fern, Porthleven Pottery

Post by Greenie1689 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:45 pm

Can anyone help identify the potter here, please?







To my eyes, the mark looks like ST - Saint?

It stands about 24cm tall.

Many thanks,
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by Greenie1689 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:28 pm

Thanks Naomi! Spot on as always.

Google images has a pot which, although a different shape, has very similar construction, decoration and stamp:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504242359515/

I must confess I only bought it because it was very cheap but, sitting on our mantelpiece for the last 7 or 8 months, it has really grown on me.

Once again, thanks.


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Graham Fern at work

Post by timchapman on Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:32 pm

Google "Porthleven Pottery You Tube" to see a short video which includes Graham Fern at work.
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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:13 am

Here's a vase that's just over 8" tall...

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Fenella Fern Vase - Porthleven & New Zealand

Post by potterymad62 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:45 pm

Scarce Fenella Fern pottery vase made at the Porthleven Pottery and I think she still uses this design in New Zealand. I have done some research below and I don't know how accurate the info is here as there is no history here regarding her time in the UK before Fenella and Graham left for Zew Zealand. So any input or corrections welcome.


New Zealand Potters


Waikato Society of Potters

The Waikato Society of Potters was formed in 1972.

The Society is a non-profit making organisation and the committee (all volunteers) meet once a month and consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and committee members.

Members are from the greater Waikato and include people who are interested in pottery as a hobby, as well as professional, full-time potters. In addition there is a part time manager employed to oversee the studio facilities and arrange the teaching calendar.

Location

The Society’s rooms are located at Ward Park Art Centre, corner Ward Street and Seddon Road, Hamilton. Equipment for use by members includes electric kilns, one gas kiln, wood kiln, raku kiln, 12 electric potter wheels, a slab roller, extruders, glaze spray booths and moulds, library, office and kitchen area. Fenella in brackets.


Committee members
Wendy Thomson
Caryl Ginever
Gill Pritchard
Yasmin Davis
Susan St Lawrence
(Fenella Fern)
Burns Macaskill
Ron Pedder





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Re: Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:30 am

Four small vases - each stands about 13cm tall...



...and three cylindrical vases, the tallest of which is about 25cm tall. The left one is unmarked.

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