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Post by Davee April 28th 2010, 5:22 pm

Tall studio vase with tin glaze rim, signed to base Campden?

Edward Campden 30810  Edward Campden 30910  Edward Campden 31010
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Post by bistoboy April 28th 2010, 9:04 pm

Edgar Campden? Aldermaston
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Post by big ed May 2nd 2010, 5:43 pm

Or campden pottery
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Post by Davee May 2nd 2010, 6:19 pm

Welcome back Ed hope you had a good holiday. Fairly positive its not Edgar Campden and it doesn't look much like Campden pottery either Edward Campden 466571 another studio mystery to go with the other thousands.
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Post by goyjus August 1st 2012, 5:57 pm

Have just bought identical vase. Did anyone have any joy finding out maker?
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Post by NaomiM August 1st 2012, 7:30 pm

It's not typical of Aldermaston, but some of Edgar Campden's work is atypical, and he was working at that date, so it's not impossible that it's one of his.

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Post by big ed August 1st 2012, 7:41 pm

Naomi is correct , I contacted Campdens family and there were not 100% sure at all , he did stuff like this and the E joining in the C is typical of his signature .
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Post by goyjus August 1st 2012, 7:43 pm

Good stuff. Many thanks both. Much appreciated!
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Post by Sheila Hoyle January 17th 2017, 4:02 pm

Sheila Hoyle Help
Could anyone help identify this pot
I originally thought this vase was Signed Edgar Campden for Aldermaston Pottery
But not 100% sure now as there is no letter A for Aldermaston
Thanks FrustratedEdward Campden Alder13
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Post by denbydump January 17th 2017, 4:21 pm

We would need a pic, but some examples are here:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t3346p25-aldermaston-pottery
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Post by philpot January 17th 2017, 6:43 pm

There is maybe another possibility. From 1963 - 1980 Muriel Tudor Jones ran a pottery in Chipping Campden. The work has an impressed CAMPDEN on it, and sometimes the word Campden in Freehand. While most of her work does not look like this, it could still possibly have been produced there.
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Post by denbydump January 17th 2017, 11:26 pm

Possibly but is the clay right? I think it was mainly terracotta.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t5542-campden-pottery

I Think EC was still at Aldermaston in 1979.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. January 18th 2017, 12:36 am

dd this does not strike me as EC work
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Post by Sheila Hoyle January 18th 2017, 8:16 am

Thank you all, and it seems everyone is still scratching their head, as I have been. I too looked at the other possibilities and came to a conclusion that the others were terracotta, and this is glazed stoneware I think.
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Post by dantheman January 18th 2017, 9:46 am

well that bit is easy the weight alone will tell you

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Post by Johners2000 January 18th 2017, 9:49 am

Edgar Campden’s mark for comparison

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Post by Sheila Hoyle January 18th 2017, 5:57 pm

I just thought the way that the C in Camden with the E crossing it looks very much like The EC on other pots signed by Camden but as you say it does not look like the style of Aldermaston.
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Post by studio-pots January 18th 2017, 6:23 pm

Geoffrey Eastop worked at Aldermaston and after leaving there his pots changed dramatically over the years, so it's not unreasonable for you to suggest that your vase might be by Edgar Campden but after leaving Aldermaston. The point about the C with the line through it also makes sense.

That doesn't mean that I'm suggesting that your vase is by Edgar Campden because I have no idea. All I know about him is the name and that he worked at Aldermaston. I have no idea if he did anything after or when he stopped working at Aldermaston so would be interested if anyone out there can help.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. January 18th 2017, 7:13 pm

SP I'm a fan and tend to follow his stuff on EB - bought a set of x6 green goblets last year. Can't remember seeing anything that is not clearly Aldermaston like - white glaze with brushed pattern.

Agree with what you say above.
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Post by Sheila Hoyle January 19th 2017, 12:21 am

Thanks for your opinions guys and I will try to find out if EC set up at another pottery after leaving Aldermaston, but research tells me he was still at Aldermaston at least until the 80's. I just have a gut feeling the way the EC is signed that it could still be the man himself, onwards and upwards
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Post by Mark Campden March 15th 2018, 11:31 am

Hi Sheila,
The vase you have is by Edward Campden, he is the brother of my late father, Edgar Campden.
Edward trained at the Royal Collage London and went on to teach at Nottingham I think. My mother has a pot of his with the same signature as yours, a line through the C to make an E and a line through the P.
Edgar Campden left Aldermaston pottery in 1993. He and my mother moved to Ireland where my late wife, Mary O'Gorman, and myself had set up a small pottery. They bought a ruined farm house with outbuildings to renovate and make into a pottery studio. Within a year of setting up his studio Edgar was diagnosed with MS and in a few years could no longer  
work. He died of cancer in 1998.
I only came upon your post by chance when searching for pots for sale by my father, I recognised Edward's signature and thought I would put you out of your misery!
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Post by 22 Crawford St. March 15th 2018, 11:38 am

Mark that's very kind and very helpful, TY

BTW did the pottery in Ireland have a name? Location? & do you know what the numerals mean?
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Post by NaomiM March 15th 2018, 1:59 pm

Wonderful information. Thank you!


22 Crawford St. wrote:

BTW did the pottery in Ireland have a name? Location?

The pottery in Ireland is The Bridge Pottery in Burnchurch, County Kilkenny, Ireland. However, that part of Mark's info refers to Edgar rather than Edward


Found this on an old auction listing

Edward Campden was a teacher of fine art and ceramics as well as a gifted potter and painter in his own right.  Having studied at Oxford and following National Service, he worked in the design studio of the Langley Pottery, later Lovatts, before entering the teaching profession including eighteen years service at Cottesmore second


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Post by Sheila Hoyle March 18th 2018, 11:19 am

Hi Mark
Thank you so much for putting me out of my misery, regarding the Edward Campden vase. I love the vase whoever signed it but it is nice to know the provenance and will look out for others signed by either your Father or your Uncle Edward. It was very good of you to take the time to post here and we have all learned a little bit more about the Campden pots.
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Post by NaomiM September 25th 2022, 4:09 am

His obituary via Hansons auctioneers who sold his estate upon his death in 2020

https://hansonsauctioneers.co.uk/craftsman-used-earth-from-his-garden-to-create-pottery-masterpieces-that-have-stunned-experts/

Soil dug up in his own back garden provided the clay for a talented Midlands potter to create hundreds of eclectic objects, many of which are now set to go auction.
Edward Campden from Langley Mill, on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, died at the age of 89 in April 2020. However, he left a stunning lasting legacy of unique studio pottery crafted at home and amassed over a lifetime. The collection includes drawings and paintings – some using Cornflakes-packet cardboard as a canvas.
“He didn’t like to waste money,” laughed his daughter, Georgina Clark. “It used to annoy my mother that he painted on the reverse of Cornflakes boxes but when the piece was mounted and framed, only we knew. He was a great recycler.
“Who knows how many times the soil had to be sieved and purified to provide the clay for his pots. He used earth dug up when we created a pond and patio and when his neighbour had an extension built. It had to be refined to ensure there weren’t any impurities or air pockets or the piece would explode in the kiln.”
The home-sourced clay proved perfect for Edward’s creative fingers – and his talent knew no bounds. According to his family, he plucked inspiration from modernist potters like Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, John Maltby and African/Asian art.
The result, a vast wealth of unique studio art pottery, has stunned the experts at Hansons Auctioneers which is set to sell more than 60 objects from Edward’s eclectic collection on August 14.
Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons, said: “It’s astonishing to think that this man literally used the earth from his garden to create wonderful art pottery. What a hidden talent. He never sold commercially, preferring to teach and make pieces for friends and family.
“I very much hope this auction will provide an opportunity to celebrate the life, work and talent of a man who created pottery from the earth beneath his feet and who continued Langley pottery even though the factory itself had closed.”
(photo- Edward’s workshop and garden in Langley Mill.)
Edward, who was born in Birmingham in 1931, came to the area from Banbury, Oxfordshire, in 1957 to work at Langley Mill Pottery. Prior to that he studied at Oxford School of Art, held his first exhibition in 1952, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art and graduated in 1955.
Georgina, 63, from Langley Mill, a retired receptionist, said: “He was made redundant from the pottery and turned to teaching. He worked in several Nottinghamshire schools but spent 18 years at the former Cottesmore Secondary School where he became head of art and pottery and taught classes after school. He finished his career at Haywood Comprehensive School.
“He made many spectacular pieces. When me and my sister Irene went into the loft to go through his collection it was magical because, as we opened boxes, we found masterpieces we’d only seen in sketch books. Things like sculptural figures and pottery inspired by African and Asian art. He did all kinds of fantastic work and took his inspiration from many different styles.”
Irene Campden, 59, from Uxbridge, Middlesex: “Dad loved talking about art and critiquing my art work. I attend art classes and work as a book conservator so I suppose I have inherited some of his skills, although I’m no potter. He was such a good teacher. My father’s nephew Mark Campden is a talented potter based in Ireland so the Campden pottery line lives on.”
Edward, who lost his wife, Frances, in 2017, became ill with cancer towards the end of his life and eventually went into a care home in Ilkeston, Derbyshire – but his creative days were far from over.
Georgina said: “He wasn’t making pots anymore but he got a second wind. From July last year until he died in April, he did lots of drawings and paintings. We couldn’t believe it. He even helped a young carer make some posters.
“We are keeping some of our favourite pieces and still have quite a collection of dad’s work at home but there is so much, we thought it would be nice to share it.”
Edward Campden’s pottery, which also includes objects he and his wife collected over the years, will be sold on August 14 in Hansons Auctioneers August 13-18 2020

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