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Post by benwilliams on February 18th 2020, 2:07 pm

I bought an interesting group of early earthenware, some of which I know the maker and some not.
First photo shows all the pieces.
The teapot is earthenware, unmarked, but does have a Winchcombe type look to it.
Treacle type glaze with green and brown slipware decoration.
It looks quite early to me. When did bamboo handles start being used, is that a clue?


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Post by benwilliams on February 18th 2020, 2:09 pm

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Post by philpot on February 18th 2020, 2:34 pm

It would help if we could define the 'early'. What age are the pieces that are marked? The decoration on the plates for instance in not anything much like early St Ives or Cardew/Finch Winchcombe would have done.
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Post by benwilliams on February 18th 2020, 2:39 pm

The John Shelly vase is dated 1949. The plate I think is his would be 1951-56 if I’ve got that right. I don’t know about the teapot. I like it but I don’t know what it might be.
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Post by philpot on February 18th 2020, 2:51 pm

Oh! Chris Harries Coldstone Pottery in Oxfordshire springs to mind immediately. They did this type of feathered decoration and actually had John Shelly as a thrower. Dieter Kuntzman, Gordon Plahn, and Muriel Tudor Jones (Campden Pottery) worked there, and they all did earthenware in various potteries of their own.Other potters worked there as well. 1953-69 in Ascott-under-Wychwood (what a Gorgeous place name!) Oxfordshire
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Post by benwilliams on February 18th 2020, 2:57 pm

I’ve got some Coldstone pieces but there’s other names here I don’t know so there’s plenty here for me to investigate.Thank you Philpot.
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Post by NaomiM on February 18th 2020, 3:14 pm

Who are the plates by?

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Post by benwilliams on February 18th 2020, 3:26 pm

One looks to be John Shelly ( feathered one) and the other has a JW or WJ mark I think - don’t know who.
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Post by NaomiM on February 18th 2020, 5:36 pm

Oh, I thought they were all by the same pottery. It’s best just to upload the photos of the item for ID otherwise it gets confusing. You can add links to other threads that the other items are posted on, or use the EBay bargains etc thread in the Lounge for a group shot.

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Post by NaomiM on February 18th 2020, 5:38 pm

The clay and glaze reminds me of 1950s pots by David Leach. Knob shape can be quite distinctive; each potter have his/her way of forming them and their preferred size. The teapot looks classically formed so could be by someone who was originally apprenticed at one of the great Potteries - St Ives, Winchcombe, Wenford Bridge....
There may originally have been a stamp where the divot is on the base.

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Post by philpot on February 19th 2020, 8:14 pm

A left of field guess.What about Mary Gibson Horrocks? She worked at both the Leach and Wenford Bridge potteries. In 1953 she went to work at Bovey Tracey with Alfred Elhus and worked there until the pottery was sold to David Leach a couple of years later. She then went to teach the monks at Buckfast Abbey, and started her long career there. Would be local to you and it does fit the Leach/Cardew style.
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Post by benwilliams on February 19th 2020, 8:45 pm

Oh a mark would make it so much easier! I do see a fair bit of Buckfast Abbey pottery but I don’t know if this fits with her work. I will take a look. I guess it’s not distinctive enough to be really obvious who it is.
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