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Post by Howard Lincoln October 3rd 2015, 1:33 am

A pot I picked up recently. I rather like it - lovely shape and colour. The reverse R and B signature seems to be that of Robert Blatherwick though I haven't been able to find enough examples to compare it with to verify. The high-fired earthenware is consistent with the mark which suggests this was produced post-1976 in his own studio in Reepham Lincolnshire. He had trained at Wedgewood (and Burslem College of Art), Winchcombe and Leach potteries in the 1940s. 4" tall.


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Post by studio-pots October 3rd 2015, 11:20 pm

It does appear as if there is a mark under the glaze on the bottom of this vase that looks similar to an image of Blatherwick's mark that I have seen illustrated. However, it doesn't match the description and images of his work that I have been able to find so personally I wouldn't feel at all confident in attributing it to him.

I don't know either way for certain. However, it mentions that he used coloured slips, which were applied by either trailing, pouring or dripping, and other forms of decoration were done by scratching or incising into the surface. Basically, nothing like this vase.


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Post by Howard Lincoln October 4th 2015, 12:37 am

studio-pots wrote:It does appear as if there is a mark under the glaze on the bottom of this vase that looks similar to an image of Blatherwick's mark that I have seen illustrated. However, it doesn't match the description and images of his work that I have been able to find so personally I wouldn't feel at all confident in attributing it to him.

I don't know either way for certain. However, it mentions that he used coloured slips, which were applied by either trailing, pouring or dripping, and other forms of decoration were done by scratching or incising into the surface. Basically, nothing like this vase.

Thanks for the feedback. You are reflecting my concerns but I have only seen a very few examples of his work and they have had much more in common with the style you describe. The RB mark is difficult to photograph but does look very much like the samples in British Studio Potters Marks under a loupe. However, the mark he used once he'd moved into his own studio in the 60s was circled which this example certainly isn't.
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