Graham Fern - Porthleven Pottery

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Post by potterymad62 July 14th 2017, 10:04 am

potterymad62 wrote: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 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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I would just like to update the family relation between Graham & Fenella Fern. A while back on my blog page I wrote a short history on the Fern pottery, Porthleven. Not long after, a very close friend of the Fern family contacted me regarding some of the info in the blog. The information he gave me as follows, Fenella is Grahams daughter and not is wife. I have corrected the details above.

Thought I would just share this info with all here interested in the Fern Pottery.

Ernest
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Post by Roobarb July 3rd 2020, 12:27 pm

Hello Happy

This vase is approx 11cm in height and has what appears to be a lower case 'f' on the bottom. Does anyone recognise? Thank you! Apologies that the pictures are to the side - I'm not sure why this has happened.

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Post by Davee July 5th 2020, 10:00 pm

It's by Graham Fern for Porthleven Pottery Cornwall.

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Post by Roobarb July 6th 2020, 1:55 pm

Thank you so much!
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Post by potterymad62 March 2nd 2022, 7:28 pm

Pick up this nice piece of Graham Fern oil/vinegar cruet jug. I really like his wares, picked quit a few over the years.

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Post by NaomiM March 6th 2022, 4:36 pm

See also Sonia Sjoholm’s thread. She worked as assistants to both Cheney and then Fern in the 60s-70s

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t30520-sonia-sjoholm-porthleven

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Post by cycladelic February 10th 2023, 8:49 am

There are a dozen of Graham's pieces in the exhibition here in Taiwan...

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Post by potterymad62 May 22nd 2023, 5:14 pm

Picked up this bowl today, now I'm very confident knowing my Graham Fern and his marks but would like some more opinions on the mark on this bowl, no Porthleven incised mark accompanying the gf. I have pencilled in for clearer view of the mark, Yes or No that's the question, cheers again.  

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Post by NaomiM May 22nd 2023, 6:56 pm

Looks right

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Post by potterymad62 May 22nd 2023, 7:23 pm

NaomiM wrote:Looks right
Excellent
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Post by NaomiM February 23rd 2024, 6:57 pm

Graham Fern, Porthleven. Graham’s gf mark

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Post by potterymad62 February 23rd 2024, 7:12 pm

It looks like his daughter's decorated the jug going by glaze. Graham would make the pots and his daughter occasionally decorated them and sign the pots with an F for Fenella. She also throwed pots.
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