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Post by hercules brabazon on December 23rd 2014, 1:36 pm

The Wells pottery in Somerset,  run by Geoffrey and Olive Barfoot from 1961. All the work I can find by them is sgraffitoed slipware. According to a brief tribute on a local newspaper website, Geoffery died in 2009 and Olive in 2013. The mark is WELLS, impressed in sans serif capitals.
http://www.wellsjournal.co.uk/Tributes-paid-loved-pottery-teachers/story-19756238-detail/story.html

Jug, about 18cm tall:


The mark:


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Post by NaomiM on December 23rd 2014, 6:40 pm

Very nice. I have a bowl with a tulip pattern





I would love to find one of their jugs -

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504237793340/

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Post by Dogrose on May 6th 2015, 6:42 pm

Olive was my Great aunt so I grew up with Wells Pottery in the 70's. It is very familiar to me. I have quite a few pieces collected over the years, here are a few more unusual ones.

I found this jug in my Grandmother's house after she passed away. I think it is very early and may even date right back to the start of Wells Pottery in the early 60's. It is quite heavy. You can see the amber glaze is uneven in places, and is quite a light colour and had a satin finish rather than very shiny. It is about 17 cm high.



There are extra designs on the back under and round the handle.



The mark is scratched in rather than stamped.



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Post by Dogrose on May 6th 2015, 6:47 pm

This cheese dish is a departure from the usual stylised flowers and lines. My mother says Olive would have been responsible for the mouse design. There are no marks, signatures or any other design elements on the cover. The base dish has the usual WELLS stamp. Height 10cm, width of dish 19cm.

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Post by NaomiM on May 6th 2015, 6:54 pm

Lovely mice Most Excellent

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Post by Dogrose on May 6th 2015, 6:54 pm

These lidded pots (mustard or jam pots?) show the progression of style through the 60's and 70's. The pots on the left are earlier, the amber glaze is lighter and they have a softer, more rounded form. The two on the right are more typical of Wells Pottery into the 70's with harder lines and darker amber glaze. The pot on the far left has no slot for a spoon, a rounded knob and no stamp mark, though it is definitely Wells. There are around 11cm high.



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Post by Guest on May 6th 2015, 7:44 pm

Nice pots Dogrose, my friend has a really lovely Wells mug. Must remember to take a pic next time I visit.

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Post by Dogrose on May 6th 2015, 11:30 pm

zippy wrote:Nice pots Dogrose, my friend has a really lovely Wells mug. Must remember to take a pic next time I visit.

Thank you, I have loads of it! Most is in storage though, I may have to get out and take more pics, it is hard to find any info or pics of Wells Pottery online so this place is as good as any for people researching it.
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