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Post by studio-pots July 23rd 2013, 8:09 pm

Michael Cardew was described by Bernard Leach, as being his best pupil, so I think that he does at least deserve his own thread here on the Forum.

Not only that he was one of the most significant potters of the British studio pottery movement and arguably one of the finest slipware potters of all time.

The slipware that he produced at the Leach Pottery and at Winchcombe has become most sought after in recent times but you are going to have to make do with an image of a stoneware tenmoku jug, I'm afraid.

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Post by studio-pots July 23rd 2013, 8:13 pm

The jug above was made at his pottery at Wenford Bridge in Cornwall probably during the early 1970s and it had the Wenford Bridge mark as well as Cardew's personal seal as shown below: -

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..... and yes you are correct these seals are from another pot rather than the jug but are identical.

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Post by studio-pots July 23rd 2013, 8:15 pm

Most of his earlier slipware was made at Winchcombe where most of his work would be marked with the Winchcombe seal and personal seal, as shown below: -

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Post by big ed January 4th 2015, 3:30 pm

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a large but damaged Cardew Bowl 4" high 14" diameter , chipped rims and cracks throughout , but solid just the same .
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Post by 22 Crawford St. July 29th 2016, 10:37 pm

Is this one right? - I asked SP and he kindly mentioned that it may be a shape from perhaps 1927-30? Got it today and has small chip just above the handle :(  It looks grubby enough to be right?

Anyone have a strong opinion one way or another?

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Post by NaomiM July 30th 2016, 1:12 pm

I don't have a problem with it; it does look early. Not come across one in an octagonal shaped stamp but he kept the same font for his C so that looks right. Has a Fishley Holland look to the slip decoration which would also point to it being early.

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Post by Mordeep July 30th 2016, 3:42 pm

It's funny you should mention Fishley Holland as the first name I thought of when I noticed the MC is Michael Cardew and he learned to pot with Fishley Holland. A quick google does support that also as the Winchombe mark for Michael is the same as the one in the pic.

A very nice thing and in pretty high demand these days.
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Post by Potty July 30th 2016, 4:51 pm

Looks right to me anyway.

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Post by studio-pots July 30th 2016, 7:16 pm

I'm not an expert on slipware but it does look right to me. My only concern was that it didn't cost as much as I thought it should have done but it is that time of the year.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. July 30th 2016, 7:51 pm

It wasn't advertised as Cardew, just as as unknown studio pottery jug. I have a bit or two of Finch and Tustin but was a bit concerned - it was as SP say on the a little on the cheap side.
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Post by Mordeep July 31st 2016, 5:51 am

Bargains do happen at this time of year. People seem to turn off the computers and forget to look. My father and I just bought a mountain of 1930's Poole at auction at prices well below what we expected. It's a good time to be hunting.
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Post by philpot March 10th 2019, 6:06 am

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At the Fitzwilliam Cambridge.
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Post by philpot March 10th 2019, 6:23 am

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Interesting footage of an elderly Michael Carew in full flight.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. March 10th 2019, 12:26 pm

Wonderful - I downloaded it for keeps. I twitched right at the start when he jerks that big jug up by the handle.
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Post by Essenjay September 19th 2019, 9:21 pm

Even master potters have an off day - a wonky MC Wenford Bridge piece.


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Post by denbydump September 19th 2019, 9:36 pm

That is so wierd, I had a very dark brown unglazed MC wonky goblet some years ago!
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Post by 22 Crawford St. September 19th 2019, 10:02 pm

Nothing wrong with wonky goblets in my book.
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Post by studio-pots September 19th 2019, 10:39 pm

I imagine that any potter is going to get things like that from most of their firings. It depends what you do with them.

A relative of Cardew's is a customer of mine and he remembers mending pots in his school holidays for Michael, so that they were saleable.

I also remember some years ago meeting another relative, who said that whenever they visited Michael they were always persuaded to buy something he hadn't able to sell to anyone else.

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Post by philpot February 9th 2020, 5:02 pm

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Post by studio-pots March 29th 2020, 2:54 pm

A group of stoneware Wenford Bridge pots all with Cardew's personal seal and pottery seal.

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Post by studio-pots May 18th 2020, 8:21 pm

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An earthenware dinner plate from the 1930s with the Winchcombe impressed seal and Cardew's personal seal.

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Post by philpot February 8th 2021, 1:04 pm

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An interesting piece. Henry Bergen was a well known early collector and of Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew's pottery. His collection was donated to the Stoke Museums, where it forms the core of their collection of Studio pottery. He was particularly friendly with Michael Cardew, and participated in the making and decorating process at Winchcombe pottery in the 30's .This 1935 bowl has both the HB and MC and Winchcombe seals. 12.5 ins in diameter.




















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