Kolonyama Pottery, Lesotho - Joe Finch, etc.

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Post by Sepultus June 26th 2014, 3:56 pm

In 1968 Joe Finch was given a 2 year contract to set up a pottery in Lesotho, Africa, the Kolonyama pottery was the result; there is some information regarding this pottery on the web so I presume it is still functioning.

Joe Finch now has a studio in Tanygroes, West Wales, I do not know if the following bowl is of Joe's era or of a later date.

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Post by studio-pots June 26th 2014, 4:03 pm

It's a fine looking bowl with very pleasant brushwork.

You could email Joe and ask him if he can give you any information? Potters are usually very helpful.

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Post by Sepultus June 26th 2014, 4:08 pm

Good suggestion, thanks.

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Post by Sepultus June 27th 2014, 6:43 am

Following on from studio-pots suggestion I emailed Joe and he very kindly replied:

The bowl shown was made, by Joe and decorated by Trudi, his wife, during one of their 3 month visits back to Kolonyama, probably in 1975; sadly the pottery closed about 10 years ago.
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Post by studio-pots June 27th 2014, 7:25 am

I thought that the shape and decoration suggested that it was a "Finch" production but I knew nothing about the pottery's output.

Thank you Sepultus for taking the trouble to get this useful information.

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Post by RVsaid April 21st 2019, 2:17 pm

Hi

I've drawn a blank on the impressed mark on this one, seems the same pressed in twice.

Thanks

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Post by NaomiM April 21st 2019, 2:27 pm

By Kolonyama Pottery, Lesotho. Set up by Joe Finch

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Post by CharlieC May 12th 2021, 6:14 pm

Well made Chinese-style lidded pot. A celadon glaze over stoneware with hand painted floral motif. No maker, but somebody might recognise style? Thanks
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Post by NaomiM May 12th 2021, 6:16 pm

Possibly Andrew Hague, Askrigg Pottery. Although it might be an old Vellow piece.

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Post by philpot May 13th 2021, 2:36 pm

Reminds me somewhat of  a David Leach style decoration.. One of his pupils? Robert Tinnyunt?  Tim Andrews?
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Post by NaomiM April 6th 2022, 11:03 am

3 pieces of Kolonyama Pottery decorated by Linda Taylor who was there with her husband Graham in the '80s. She says the most common patterns on the standard ware were called "Cosmos" and "Blue Leaf".

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Post by NaomiM April 9th 2022, 1:42 am

Kolonyama Pottery. Probably decorated by Lynda Taylor; she identified a very similar one on FB

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