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Post by Pbeese65 on November 12th 2019, 9:34 pm

I bought this incredible studio pottery frog at a potters wheel statue and wondered if anyone recognised the maker.it is marked with what looks like SP and KYE(rather than rye).the modelling is fantastic and the attention to detail superb.thanks in advanceStudio pottery frog statue Img_2014
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 15th 2019, 1:07 pm

I'm wondering if this could be a one-off piece from Skegness Pottery. The browns look similar to those often used on Skegness pots (although brown isn't exactly uncommon), the SP mark looks about right and they did make unusual pieces alongside the more common pots and tablewares. Maybe Kye was one of their potters?
Looking around the web earlier I came across one of NaomiM's pinterest images of a Skegness Pottery advert which looks to date from the 1970s. The top-left picture on the ad shows  their showroom with several figural pieces on display. I can't post links yet, but it's from Naomi's Studio Pottery Marks 5 album.
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Post by Pbeese65 on November 15th 2019, 1:26 pm

Hi
Many thanks for your informative reply.i am not familiar with their work.What I can say is that this is the best studio pottery figurine I have had/seen.The photos don't do it justice to be honest,even the frogs skin has tiny scales.Whoever made this piece was/is super talented.I will try some research on Skegness Pottery too, thanks again
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 15th 2019, 1:42 pm

You're welcome, Paul.
There are a few pictures of Skegness pots on this site, just search 'Skegness' using the search box at the top of the page.
Edit: Is the base unglazed? The colour could help to pin down the maker. Also, the frog's trousers have a very '70s look which would put the date of the piece about right with the advert that Naomi has in her pinterest album I mentioned, and the pot he's throwing has a shape not unlike some Skegness pieces.
Skegness pots were marked either underneath or on the body just above the base. It would be too much to hope that a closer inspection of the pot being thrown might reveal that the potter added a mark to it as well as to the main piece, I suppose.
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Post by Pbeese65 on November 15th 2019, 4:03 pm

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Yes I've seen the Pinterest pics,the trousers do look like flares.I have a picture of the base.The black marks are remnants of felt.The piece is so tactile that I often pick it up to look at the fine detail
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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 15th 2019, 4:52 pm

The clay is a good match for Skegness, as in these two examples (both pics are from the Skegness Pottery thread on this site). The pics are also a good example of the variations in the incised SP mark.

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Post by NaomiM on November 15th 2019, 4:55 pm

It might be Kaye, rather than Kye

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Post by Pbeese65 on November 15th 2019, 5:02 pm

I think you could be right there,there's seems to be what could be a tiny 'a' between the k and y.This artist was very talented in my view.
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Post by NaomiM on November 15th 2019, 8:21 pm

There is a Pat Kaye “Bronte Country” bowl on eBay with similar clay. And other slipware pieces which a seller attributes to P. Kay of Sangton Pottery, although they’re unmarked. Might be a link

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Post by Pbeese65 on November 15th 2019, 8:28 pm

Ah,thanks for that,I found a couple of Kaye's but in the USA,not this type of pottery.I find it odd that someone made a figurine of this high quality but,on the face of it,doesn't seem to have made anymore.It reminds me of Martin ware in style.It must have taken a considerable amount of time to execute.
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