Slightly saucy tankard - Stephen Dixon

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Slightly saucy tankard - Stephen Dixon

Post by lindylou08 on August 4th 2015, 3:21 pm

Hi
Hoping someone can shed some light on this tankard.

Marked 'Made Exclusively for the Royal Academy of Arts by Stephen Dixon'. Not sure what the body is ? stoneware . Moulded design , which appears slightly saucy (IMO ) but have included an ' innocent' image   Embarrassed  Handle is formed as a dragon

I've searched but unable to find anything at the moment . There is a seriously good potter by the same name - Ceramacist in residence at V&A 2009-10  but sure it's nothing to do with him as his work bears absolutely no resemblance

     
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Post by NaomiM on August 4th 2015, 4:53 pm

Here's his bio. Nice stuff.

http://www.cumbrianblues.com/hotoffthepress/cumbrian_blues/selling_contemporary_ceramics.htm

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Post by lindylou08 on August 4th 2015, 5:04 pm

Yes, but unfortunately images of his work show not the remotest hint that he may have produced this !!
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Post by NaomiM on August 4th 2015, 5:09 pm

I disagree. Several Medieval-style pieces by him on google images. The tankard is a production piece but the figural decoration is in a similar style to those on his individual pieces.

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Post by NaomiM on August 4th 2015, 5:13 pm

A couple of examples off Pinterest

http://pinterest.com/pin/175077504241320069/

http://pinterest.com/pin/175077504241320067/

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Post by lindylou08 on September 4th 2015, 2:41 pm

I contacted Stephen Dixon to see if there was any further info. He is now a Professor at the Crafts Research Centre, Manchester School of Art .

He very kindly responded
'........yes its one of mine, made soon after I graduated from the RCA in 1986. It was a commission from the Royal Academy for their 'Age of Chivalry' exhibition, a limited edition of 200 as I remember. I still have two of my own. Its a beer tankard, inspired by a medieval misericord image of ale-wives condemned to hell for serving bad beer! ......'

So not 'cheeky' after all
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