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Post by denbydump July 9th 2014, 3:27 pm

A small stoneware pot dated 1967.
Not the most exciting piece of his diverse work, but it's all I have!
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Post by Mud Baker July 10th 2014, 8:57 pm

....exciting enough and a nice thing to own and hold, the ash in the glaze was possibly from a plant in his garden, makes it all very real.
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Post by dantheman July 16th 2014, 12:15 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/feb/06/eric-james-mellon

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Post by pot-bellied amateur July 16th 2014, 4:14 pm

I had the chance to buy from him just a few years ago when he had a pop-up shop in Chichester. Gorgeous pottery & prints - too pricy for me. I wish I had now.
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Post by NaomiM December 1st 2017, 10:38 pm

Nice little pin dish with bird in the centre.
Also signed with a fox and Helen Hattors.

Mellon died in 2014. From his obituary:

"In 1952, he set up a community at Hillesden vicarage, Buckinghamshire, with fellow artists John Clarke, Mary Mansfield, Derek Davis, Ruth Lambert and Martina Thomas. The atmosphere was youthful and dedicated. In 1956 he married Thomas, and the couple settled in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
In 1958 Mellon, who had previously worked in earthenware, was introduced to stoneware by the potter Rosemary Wren and began making a series of bowls decorated with images of Daphne and Apollo, the beginning of what the classical scholar Oswyn Murray described as Mellon's "democratisation of the Greek myths". Pots were marked with Mellon's signature and a drawing of a fox. In 1965 Mellon had begun researches into ash glazes, using ash from trees and plants in his garden, from 1979 assisted by Mabel Padfield, a scientifically trained neighbour.
In 1973 Mellon was appointed head of art at Slindon College, a boys' boarding school in West Sussex with a beautiful naturally lit art room. He taught there for 20 years and from 1975 held summer schools at the college and in Cornwall, inviting fellow artists to work for free alongside his evening-class students.
Mellon had become a founder member of the Craftsmen Potters Association in 1958."


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Post by 22 Crawford St. December 2nd 2017, 2:36 am

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Post by NaomiM December 2nd 2017, 3:25 am

Nice but not cheap. But a lot cheaper than the large Mellon bowl the dealer also had, but I think hubby would have blown a gasket if I'd come home with that Big Laughter

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Post by 22 Crawford St. December 2nd 2017, 5:14 pm

N. you won that battle long ago did you not.
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Post by NaomiM December 2nd 2017, 6:54 pm

Lol, probably.
Dealer thought he'd over charged so I asked if he'd throw in a Bizen guinomi for free.... turns out the guinomi is worth four times as much Shock

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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 7:56 am

A Eric Mellon vase at auction a few years ago. This is the type of work he is famous for, rather than the earlier ash glazed work. This style of work is almost unique, and highly prized by collectors, resulting in very expensive prices. Still, it is always nice to look!   This mark/signature is on nearly all his later work.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. May 13th 2020, 3:43 pm

His bottoms are so exciting
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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 4:43 pm

I don't think he was a Bums man as such. He just did a lot of nudes... Laughter
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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 4:49 pm

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If you what I mean....
A tile from the same auction.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. May 13th 2020, 9:04 pm

Bottom of the pot = he decorates and has signs in a lovely script?

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Post by studio-pots May 27th 2020, 11:46 am

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Post by 22 Crawford St. May 9th 2022, 10:04 pm

Eric James Mellon (30 November 1925 – 14 January 2014)

Eric James Mellon, who has died aged 88, was a painter, printmaker and ceramicist who decorated bowls, plates and tiles with mythological scenes, mermaids, circus performers and entwined lovers. He carried out extensive research into ash glazes, which enabled him to draw and paint on ceramic, using an underglaze palette of oxides, and to fire to high temperatures without losing colour, brushwork and accuracy of line. The effects he achieved in ceramic were unique.

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