Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

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Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

Post by hercules brabazon on August 22nd 2016, 2:36 pm

The enigmatic Fen Pottery. I think Geoffrey Godden in his encyclopaedia of marks indicates it was in existence from the early 1950s,
but that he would would like further information. †A survey of the local economy in Huntingdon from around that time (no longer available online) briefly mentions a Fen Pottery in the town, and I have occasionally seen sellers mention Huntingdon in their descriptions.

The examples I've seen have all been in white earthenware, with simple banded decoration. The glaze seems prone to cracking and staining, but this rather thickly glazed one has survived in unusually good condition. The mark, barely legible here, reads "FEN HAND MADE ENGLAND".





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Re: Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

Post by hercules brabazon on June 30th 2017, 4:29 pm

My other piece:





I've also seen a FEN child's mug, decorated with a steam train in the most abject manner imaginable.
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Post by Bitsnbobs on October 4th 2018, 6:21 pm

Hello!
Please can anyone shed any light on this Fen pottery vase? Info on the pottery is quite scarce! Is it Studio Pottery?
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Re: Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

Post by NaomiM on October 4th 2018, 7:06 pm

Pots stamped ENGLAND are rarely studio pottery, because theyíre usually mass produced wares and stamped for export. Hand made indicates itís hand thrown and or decorated by hand at the factory, but studio potters donít need to say that; itís self evident.

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Post by Bitsnbobs on October 4th 2018, 7:09 pm

Thank you. This vase is hand thrown & hand decorated thatís what was confusing me!
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Post by NaomiM on October 4th 2018, 7:12 pm

Bitsnbobs wrote:Thank you. †This vase is hand thrown & hand decorated thatís what was confusing me!

Many production pieces are handmade, eg, Poole pottery is hand thrown and hand decorated but the throwers and decorators are employed by the company. A studio potter will do all the processes by themselves.

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Re: Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

Post by Bitsnbobs on October 4th 2018, 7:14 pm

Ah, I see now! My ignorance is reducing! Thanks to you!
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Re: Fen Pottery, Huntingdon (Cambs)

Post by hercules brabazon on October 6th 2018, 12:14 pm

A Google books search for "Fen Pottery" "Huntingdon" indicates that it was active as early as 1949.
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Post by Bitsnbobs on October 6th 2018, 1:39 pm

Thanks for info! Wonder how Fen pottery can be dated??
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