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Post by FG4 April 19th 2016, 10:54 pm

Very nice design, great colors, thin.
...one of my new favorites.
Is that a Helen Pincombe mark?

Thanks.
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Post by NaomiM April 19th 2016, 11:20 pm

Can't quite make out the mark, but looks to be the right style. Is it HP. ?

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Post by studio-pots April 19th 2016, 11:38 pm

As Naomi says it looks right but seeing the mark clearly would confirm.

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Post by FG4 April 20th 2016, 12:02 am

Let me try again-
It looks like [HP.] to me...
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The clay body and glaze look similar to some other pieces I have seen of hers.
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Post by NaomiM April 20th 2016, 1:07 am

Looks like this one, which was attributed to Pincombe


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Post by studio-pots April 20th 2016, 7:58 am

It is the usual seal mark used by Helen Pincombe.

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Post by philpot March 2nd 2024, 4:53 pm

For such a significant potter, our Helen Pincombe thread is a bit threadbare! We have had this particular pot for near 30 years. 44cms high it is coiled handbuilt Unglazed outside with raised decoration. Glazed inside.  It is rather a statelt looking item that we have alone on a high shelf, There is a near identical one in the V& A collection. Illustrated on a colour  colour plate No 45 in the recent Alun Graves update of the V&A.

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Post by philpot March 2nd 2024, 4:55 pm

Helen Pincombe was an important potter in the 50's and 60's.This is reflected in the number of pieces by her in the national V&SA collection

https://collections.vam.ac.uk/search/?q=HELEN+PINCOMBE&year_made_from=&year_made_to=
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Post by philpot March 2nd 2024, 4:59 pm

She died in Cambridge at the grand old age of 96.
The Guardian obituary gives a very good summary of her work. She is represented in many museum collections in the UK.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2005/feb/01/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries
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Post by FaithfullJohn April 10th 2024, 12:00 pm

Here's a beautiful wee Helen Pincombe pot owned by my mother.

I think she was at tutor/organiser at Pendley Manor in December 1957. My mum ( Joan Faithfull) had travelled down from Scotland, and there she met my dad, who had travelled from London. They made raku pots in the woods together.  Michael Cardew and Bernard Leach were also there: the latter danced with my mum, but very badly, as my dad was later very fond of saying  Laughter I don't know when the pot was bought, or when it dates from, but this was the only pot of Helen's that she owned.

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Post by philpot April 10th 2024, 12:23 pm

Lovely piece! Style wise it looks very much of the 1950's period. They often used to organise what were often 'Potter's Camps' which were both social and practical events. Pendley Manor would have been a convenient place as it was near the Tring Railway station. It was also owned by Dorian Williams who had interests in the crafts and founded a Drama festival at Pendley Manor.
In later years many such Potter's camps were held annually in Aberystwyth where they became big annual events.
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Post by FaithfullJohn April 10th 2024, 12:37 pm

I've got some recollections of my dad's about the weekend at Pendley. Very much social as well as practical. At the 1957 one there was dancing, ping-pong, and a concert by US protest/bluegrass singer Guy Carawan... Michael Cardew apparently brought along a kick-wheel of his own design which was massively heavy, with a cast iron flywheel. It went extremely fast, and was "completely useless" according to my dad!

Murray Fieldhouse was the organiser of the Pendley weekends: both my mum and my dad were subscribers to his "Pottery Quarterly" at this time...


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Post by philpot April 10th 2024, 2:07 pm

That would chime exactly. Murray Fieldhouse lived in Tring. I have a much later copy of Pottery Quarterly in front of me now. No 51 from 1978. A small paperback size magazine with black and white photos. Articles by Clive Davies, Kevin de Choissy, David Eeles and David Burns. It looks delightfully old fashioned and amatuer!
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