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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 10:38 am

Hi, just for interest wonder if you all remember the first pot that started the journey of your collection?

Mine was a gift from my father of a Maltby wall clock

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And on a separate note If it's not too painfull what was the pot that got away? - I was going to buy a Yellow lava Emmanuel Cooper Bowl in 2010 for about £300 from the Ruthin Craft Centre - but thought I'll leave it for now and phone them later - never happened - can probably add a zero to the end of that one now Wah think this was the one:-

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just for debate :)


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Post by dantheman on March 10th 2018, 11:33 am

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this little Poole pottery Forrest Flame bud vase was my first ever pot, my wife's brother took us to Swinderby antiques fair for a day out which lead to a collecting obsession that has lasted 16 years (so far)


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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 11:37 am

it is addictive isnt it - especially when i cant bring myself to sell anything....
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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 2:17 pm

First "studio" pot for me was a piece of Joe Lester's IoW pottery. That was while I was collecting other antiques and collectables and did not even realise it who made it until 10 years later!

Still collecting IoW pottery today...

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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 2:44 pm

I don’t remember my first piece of studio as I came via Belleek; I saw a collection at auction and wish I’d bought it. This was a few years before eBay and is what got me started on eBay. ‘Studio’ to me back then was just ‘Brown pots’, but then I moved near Aldermaston and saw their wonderful tin glazed and lustre potters so I guess it was Aldermaston and Julian Bellmont that got me started

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 10th 2018, 4:54 pm

I think there is another threshold when you bought your first brown jug and were so happy with it.
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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 5:05 pm

Brown pots have been a learning curve. I think you need time to train the eye and see the technique behind the colour. There have been a number of brown Winchcombe pots I’ve ignored over the years Laughter
One of my favourites is this unidentified pot, possibly by a Farnham student. I think it’s the mystery of being unidentified that adds to its allure

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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 6:08 pm

NaomiM wrote:Brown pots have been a learning curve. I think you need time to train the eye and see the technique behind the colour.

That is one thing I find funny as a collector, most of us need to "learn to like" the "top potters" and "brown pots".

Then trying to explain buying them to our friends and family... Big Laughter

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:16 pm

Big Laughter Clap
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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 6:17 pm

Yes, non-collecting friends and family are a dead loss.
I initially couldn’t understand why people raved about Paul Wearing and Jack Doherty, but after handling the pots I understood the attraction. But there have been times I’ve been caught out; spending a lot on some potters and then finding work by competent amateurs which matched in quality. That’s why I like Mark Smalley’s work so much. He makes a handful of one-offs a year but they are as good as any professional potter

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:19 pm

yes brown pots seem to sneek into my collection without me noticing it really - they are the belly button fluff of the hoarding world


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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 6:26 pm

Tbh, these days I have to think hard when someone says ‘brown pots’ because I don’t see them as brown any more, eg, this one by Adam Keeling which sits next to me...

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:29 pm

thats the kind of pot that was made to be touched and felt
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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 6:31 pm

NaomiM wrote:Tbh, these days I have to think hard when someone says ‘brown pots’ because I don’t see them as brown any more, eg, this one by Adam Keeling which sits next to me...

I like, but it's certainly a "brown pot" Most Excellent

Potters and collectors seem to take quite an offence to the term "brown pots", I don't really see why as what is wrong with liking or making brown pots? Laughter

I remember one potter talking telling of all the different colours present in the glaze on one of his wood-fired pots... it was brown... nice but certainly "brown" to most people looking (well maybe 50 shades of brown? Cheeky ) Excellent


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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 6:35 pm

Some people who’ll call this brown too, by Katerina Evangelidou -

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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 6:37 pm

She is one of my favourite "brown" potters, quite under rated in my opinion! Cheeky

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:41 pm

Another similar potter whose work is rather pleasurable to the touch is a chap called Terrry Davies who makes his pottery in Tuscany i believe...

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I think I'll call this 50 shades of brown
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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:45 pm

oh no i feel the twitchings of another 'brown' pot purchase coming on First Pot and the one that got away 131725
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Post by NaomiM on March 10th 2018, 6:49 pm

Yup, Terry Davies was an early Brown Pot purchase.

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Tracked him down at one of the last Art In Action fairs and got some more


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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 6:53 pm

i missed out at an exhibition in derby by arriving too late and they were all snapped up sharpish - regret it now
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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 6:55 pm

One of my favourite brown pots Most Excellent

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 7:00 pm

think my brown pot would be by EJMellon I have a soft spot for him so Would be a toss up between his naive horse cup and theme of tenderness plate... finally plump for the later... although his works not to everyone's taste... i find it quite refreshing...

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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 7:21 pm

oh i did recently get lucky with a brown pot at an auction with a ruck full of things which the auctioneer didnt take time to check - but there was this little bud Bernard Leach pot in, I may have to change my mind again...

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It beggars belief that auctioneers dont check and check for certain things - but not complaining!


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Post by MCWebs on March 10th 2018, 7:23 pm

but would i like it if it wasnt by BL??? tricky one to answer
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Post by Potty on March 10th 2018, 7:23 pm

Very nice Most Excellent

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