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Post by NaomiM April 7th 2013, 11:04 pm

Thought this would be an easy one, but so far drawn a blank.
Small bowl, stamped FS


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Post by studio-pots April 8th 2013, 12:14 am

It could be by Frank Smith, who was really responsible for me becoming interested in studio pottery. I visited his studio in Peasmarsh, Kent after seeing a sign saying "Pottery Open" and that was it.

He was a member of the CPA and died in 1994. This looks like one of the marks he used - I'll try and check, as the glaze doesn't look familiar but certainly not out of the question.

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Post by NaomiM April 8th 2013, 1:30 am

By coincidence I looked up Frank Smith but the mark didn't match. But if he used different marks pver the years that could account for it.

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Post by Potty April 8th 2013, 1:38 am

Mark looks spot on to me Most Excellent

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Post by NaomiM April 8th 2013, 9:44 am

THat's great. Excellent

Do you have an example? I found one on ebay that looked very different, so I'm assuming they got their Id wrong..

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Post by Potty April 8th 2013, 10:43 am

I'm only going by the mark in the CPA published "Potters", 2 marks are listed and this looks like a match to the first, the 2nd being more a stylised version.

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Post by NaomiM April 8th 2013, 11:37 am

Cheers. Happy

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Post by NaomiM April 8th 2013, 11:55 am

studio-pots wrote:It could be by Frank Smith, who was really responsible for me becoming interested in studio pottery. I visited his studio in Peasmarsh, Kent after seeing a sign saying "Pottery Open" and that was it.

He was a member of the CPA and died in 1994. This looks like one of the marks he used - I'll try and check, as the glaze doesn't look familiar but certainly not out of the question.


I've seen references to a Frank Smith being Colin Pearson's assistant, and a Frank Smith of Rye Pottery, father or Tim Smith. Are they the same person?

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Post by studio-pots April 8th 2013, 2:51 pm

Frank had nothing to do with the Rye Pottery but was a member of the Rye Society of Artists. He did work with Colin Pearson in Aylesford and later was assisted at his own pottery by his son, Tim, for two years.



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Post by NaomiM April 8th 2013, 5:18 pm

Many thanks. Most Excellent

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Post by studio-pots June 23rd 2013, 4:29 pm

Here is the Frank Smith bowl that I mentioned above. The first piece of studio pottery that I ever bought.

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Post by dantheman June 23rd 2013, 4:37 pm

is it marked?

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Post by studio-pots June 25th 2013, 8:33 pm

It is but it is under the glaze so difficult to photograph.

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Post by dantheman June 25th 2013, 8:35 pm

thanks SP

when did you buy it?

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Post by studio-pots June 25th 2013, 8:55 pm

1988. I was on my way back from a day out in Rye and saw this sign "Pottery Open". I didn't realise at the time how significant stopping rather than carrying on would be.

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Post by skipposal June 25th 2013, 9:38 pm

Great story SP!
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Post by AT Pottery May 7th 2015, 11:23 am

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Post by NaomiM May 7th 2015, 12:32 pm

It might be Frank Smith. He had a couple of marks. I've got one of his with the other style of mark.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t11897-frank-smith?highlight=Frank

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Post by AT Pottery May 7th 2015, 12:50 pm

Ok great thank you so much!
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Post by studio-pots May 7th 2015, 2:40 pm

The mark does look like one of Frank Smith's marks. His was the first studio pottery that I bought back in the late 1980s.

I don't recognise the style of this being his but he was potting on his own from around 1970 so he made many things. Although not stylistically like anything I've seen it's not a million miles away so it could well be by him. Can't be 100% certain though.

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Post by NaomiM May 7th 2015, 10:15 pm

This mark was attributed to Frank Smith. Looks similar.

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Post by AT Pottery May 8th 2015, 9:31 am

Hi, thank you for your help. I haven't had any luck on finding information on Frank Smith as the Potter. would anyone have any bio or history on him and his work?
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Post by studio-pots January 26th 2021, 11:43 pm

Here's an obituary of Frank written by Colin Pearson and published in the Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition catalogue from 1994.

It is written with great affection and so I am sure that Colin wouldn't have minded it being reproduced here.

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