Is This An Alan Wallwork Tile?

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Is This An Alan Wallwork Tile?

Post by stardust* on March 28th 2016, 4:58 pm

I thought this might be Alan Wallwork, but it just doesn't look the same in comparison to his stunning tiles. It's made by H & R Johnson and has a possible id mark on the back, but I'm not sure what it is.
It's 15cm x 15cm.
Can anyone help id who designed this please.



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Re: Is This An Alan Wallwork Tile?

Post by NaomiM on March 28th 2016, 5:10 pm

The usual suspects are Wallwork, Anne Wynne Jones and Kenneth Clark. Did Bernard Forrester ever do tiles?

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Re: Is This An Alan Wallwork Tile?

Post by studio-pots on March 28th 2016, 5:47 pm

When you say "it's made by H&R Johnson" that is the manufacturer of the tile blanks that were used by potters/artists. Besides Johnson, Pilkington were another manufacturer that you often see.

People could buy the blanks, decorate and then fire them themselves.

It doesn't look like a Wallwork or one of the Clarks work stylistically but I do have a commercially produced tile that was designed by an artist called Frank Fidler. I'll try and dig it out and take a photograph.

It could be his, especially because of the F on the back.

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Post by dantheman on March 28th 2016, 5:51 pm

I would love to have a Frank Fidler thread

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Post by studio-pots on March 28th 2016, 5:59 pm

dantheman wrote:I would love to have a Frank Fidler thread

He was by an large an artist but I do have some of his one off tiles too and some Japanese style plates................. so just for you. I'll need to dig them out.

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Post by dantheman on March 28th 2016, 6:12 pm

I just imagined a day spent rooting through your stored pottery, now that would be a good day

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Post by studio-pots on March 29th 2016, 4:27 pm

I think this ought to confirm that this is one of Frank's tiles.


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Post by stardust* on March 29th 2016, 9:20 pm

Certainly does seem to confirm, thank you.
I must admit though, I hadn't heard of Frank Fidler before your reply, but I happen to have just read a very interesting biography on him.
I'm really thrilled with the outcome... this is the kind of thing I love to find.
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Post by studio-pots on March 29th 2016, 9:30 pm

Frank isn't well known and it was just fortunate that I saw it. I suspect there aren't many of the Design Centre leaflets around. Mine came from his estate with the rest of the items I have.

The "biography" will either have been the one that I wrote or else it has been nicked from my original. I've added a thread here on the Forum as well.

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