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Large Vase/Urn - can you help identify the mark?

Post by Beege on September 9th 2018, 7:31 pm

Good evening all.
I have this weird and wonderful vase/urn (approx 12" tall and 8" diameter), which I like very much. There is a mark on the base but I am unable to find this in my copy of Yates-Owen/Fournier; so maybe this is not an British piece. Does anyone recognise this mark?
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Jack.



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Post by NaomiM on September 9th 2018, 8:51 pm

HD or DH maybe? David Hewitt?

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Post by Beege on September 9th 2018, 9:27 pm

Hi Naomi.
I can see the 'D', or even maybe a 'C', but was not sure about the 'H' (no cross bar). However, i'll have a look to see if I can see anything similar by David Hewitt. Thank you.
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Post by Beege on September 10th 2018, 7:13 am

Good morning Naomi.
I had a look at David Hewitt's work and whilst I can see a little similarity in some pieces, there was no eureka moment. I also noted the 'D' in his mark is very stylised, which is not the case with what seems to be a pretty crude marking on my pot.
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Post by NaomiM on September 10th 2018, 10:26 am

Looks like naked pit fired raku.

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Post by Beege on September 10th 2018, 2:47 pm

That's very interesting Naomi. I have just been reading up on what is meant by 'naked Raku' and clearly it is a refined art form which takes practice (the recipe for the slip, the temperature and timing to place the pot into a sealed, smoked filled container, etc). Though I confess I didn't understand the difference between a Raku kiln and a conventional kiln.
Nonetheless...looking at my pot I can see why you suggested this process...it looks very much like a smoke infused pattern. Thank you for the suggestion.
Now...if I can just figure out who made it!
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Post by janetpjohn on September 10th 2018, 10:05 pm

If it's upside down, it could be TD, but that probably doesn't help.
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Post by Beege on September 11th 2018, 10:51 am

Thats a good point Janetpjohn...I'll give it another search with that in mind.
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