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Post by benwilliams on November 14th 2019, 2:48 pm

Oh dear. I suppose I should be bigging this up in case it’s an important piece of art.
It’s best feature is that it’s small, 7” in all, so easier to hide from Hilary. A 7 foot version could be a problem.
It looks like volcanic rock or cinders and seems to be thrown or turned inside.
No signature but maybe nobody would claim it as there’s.
Ok, maybe I am a Ceramic Heathen and my apologies if I have offended anyone.
Please tell me who it is - I am genuinely interested. Thank you all again.
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Post by benwilliams on November 14th 2019, 2:49 pm

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Post by philpot on November 14th 2019, 3:14 pm

Beverley Bell-Hughes comes to mind as maybe a vague possibility. She does this type of weathered work, and she does not sign her work. Who is Hilary? Laughter
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Post by benwilliams on November 14th 2019, 3:35 pm

Hilary is my wife who has to put up with pots and stuff coming and going! Thanks, I’ll check out Beverley Bell - Hughes. Thanks
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Post by NaomiM on November 14th 2019, 5:35 pm

If it’s rock rather than pottery, then it might be a scholar’s stone, or just an interesting bit of volcanic rock

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Post by philpot on November 14th 2019, 6:52 pm

Rock rather than pottery....But is not that the whole point about some potters? The nearer they are to 'nature' the more comfortable they are with their pottery?
Mefinks an interest in studio pottery in the end needs to be a joint venture. Although given the number of pots that Ben seems to accumulate, Hilary might need the space! Laughter
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Post by NaomiM on November 14th 2019, 7:26 pm

if it's volcanic rock then if you tap it with a hammer (hopefully without damaging it) you'll smell a sulphurous smell. Volcanic rock is pretty hard. If it crumbles then it's more likely to be pottery.

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Post by benwilliams on November 14th 2019, 7:41 pm

I’ve never taken a hammer to any pots before .....
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Post by NaomiM on November 14th 2019, 7:53 pm

Yeh, what could possibly go wrong Big Laughter

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Post by NaomiM on November 14th 2019, 7:54 pm

Might be a medieval post-hole where the lime morter has been left after the post rotted away

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on November 15th 2019, 2:22 am

I think you could be on the right track, Naomi. My initial thought was pumice, but that is formed by lava that has been fired high into the air and solidified before it hits the ground, so it doesn't tend to contain stones as Ben's piece does.
With it being on a plinth I'd guess at it being an archeologist's souvenir piece from a dig.
Ben, just out of interest, does the hole go right through the piece?
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Post by benwilliams on November 15th 2019, 6:27 pm

It does look like pumice but browner than the pumice I have seen. Looks a bit like slag from something like metal working. The hole goes part way - maybe a core drilled out.
So it looks like it might not be a major art piece. Could try the hammer.
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