St. Agnes jug. John Sneddon, not John Vasey

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Post by Grumpy Grandad April 1st 2020, 3:42 pm

6 inches high, impressed mark almost identical to that of John Vasey but without his initials. Would this be by someone working with him?

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Post by NaomiM April 1st 2020, 9:10 pm

Edited to say I now think this is John Vasey rather than John Sneddon. Vasey made similarly decorated jugs at Griggs Forge before moving to St Agnes.

https://pin.it/4NAPgIg

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Post by LisaLan June 14th 2021, 2:55 pm

I am certain that this is by John Sneddon. I was familiar with his work when he was a member of the Guild of Ten in in the late 1970s. I was once asked to make a replacement for a soup bowl of his in this design - I politely declined.
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Post by NaomiM June 15th 2021, 12:45 pm

It certainly needs more research. There aren't many Sneddon pieces online for comparison. Vasey was making pieces with this wavy decoration at Griggs Forge before St Agnes, and he had this style of St Agnes stamp with JV added to it, but it could have been that the Sneddons were using that stamp first and Vasey simply added his JV to it, but did he also copy some of their designs after they left? (see candle sticks below). The Sneddons are known to have used just a paper label &/or the Tin Mine Engine house stamp.

Vasey's Griggs Forge Pottery -

https://pin.it/6tD6e8S

Sneddon candle stick with paper label -

https://pin.it/6cEOsBC
https://pin.it/1orIjyV

Candle stick with St Agnes stamp -

https://pin.it/6W6Qht1
https://pin.it/5boQwz7

Another St Agnes stamp -

https://pin.it/4wBP8E5

St Agnes stamp with JV added -

https://pin.it/48jVETo
https://pin.it/49P0e3r

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Post by LisaLan June 15th 2021, 2:07 pm

I was basing my identification on stylistic grounds. As an ex-potter I can see that there are clear differences between John Vaseys sweeping but neat waves and John Sneddon's scribble. Since I knew John and his work very well at that time, I can say I am 100% certain that this one is by John Sneddon. Both pairs of candle holders are by John Sneddon The designs are identical and the handles are a clear giveaway. Note that the StAgnes stamp, though partially obscured by glaze is identical the one on this jug, and clearly not the same as the one on John Vasey's vase. It's a pity that none of the pictures show the handles and attachments 'end-on' as this is often a clear diagnostic.
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Post by NaomiM June 15th 2021, 2:37 pm

Most Excellent Great info, thank you. :)

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Post by cam176 September 17th 2021, 8:30 am

I have just had it confirmed by the Sneddons themselves that this is definitely Sneddon.
I know them both.
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Post by dantheman September 17th 2021, 9:13 am

Thanks for putting this one to bed cam176, it's good to have certainty for future researchers on the forum

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Post by NaomiM September 17th 2021, 11:49 am

That’s great. Thank you Most Excellent

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