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Post by Pip February 8th 2008, 11:36 am

The Chelsea Pottery was established in 1952 by David and Mary Rawnsley in Radnor Walk, London SW3.  More information about the history of the pottery can be found by clicking the link below:-

http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=52

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A list of known Chelsea personnel, along with some of their signatures.

Brian Hubbard (Chief) and mould-maker
Betty Dennison Hunt (mainly did the casting)
Jim Rose (mainly did the firing)
Joan ??? (mainly slab work)
Frank Spindler (Modeller of Judge figures and thrower of plates and bowls)
Joy Hindmarsh (Modeller)
Anna Hagen (Modeller) - Impressed AH intertwined.

This is the list we have of some of the known decorators.
N.B. many names, spellings and signatures are unverified.

There are many more unattributed signatures, as this list is far from
complete, and also there were a lot of students and amateurs who
decorated at the Chelsea pottery over the years.

Joyce Elaine Morgan - JEM, sometimes with a star motif.
Barbara Ross - BR
Jenny Delange (New Zealand) - a stylised "del"
Hazel Levy or Livi - H joined to italic L
Audrey Durnan - A inside D (or can look like a reversed C)
Amanda Barrie - aB
Yannick Le Troadec - a stylised YL
Patience Ifill - PI (inside an insect)
Daphne Cork
Beryl Owen
Eve Gosset
Susan Windsor - SW
Kim Warman - KW?
Karen Wood - KW
Margaret Tomlins - mT
Jane Francisca Blackburne - JB
John Virando - JV
John Drummond
Christina Sheppard - CS intertwined
Sam Corrigan - SC
Mary Fenton


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Post by Pip February 22nd 2008, 10:18 am

A few pieces of Chelsea Pottery I've owned (all by my favourite Chelsea paintress, Joyce Morgan).

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Post by dantheman July 23rd 2008, 3:03 pm

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Post by dantheman August 27th 2008, 2:09 pm

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I got this bowl today,the foot has a hole in it for wall mounting and someone has cleverly put an eyed split pin through that hole. I have screwed a hook into the underside of a shelf and hung the bowl which allows lots of movement the light then catches the colours in lots of different ways plus it also gives the illusion that the butterfly is airborne.
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Post by dantheman September 11th 2008, 4:12 pm

A lovely 12cm pin dish

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Post by dantheman January 29th 2009, 2:47 pm

my latest Chelsea bowl

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Post by dantheman February 6th 2009, 5:00 pm

DAUMIER STYLE  HAND MADE MODELS WERE CREATED BY FRANK SPINDLER AND JOY HINDMARSH

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Post by gareth-h May 24th 2009, 2:59 pm

Chelsea pottery dish about 17cm from a garage sale. Anybody ID the artist (JL maybe?).

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Post by Pip June 6th 2009, 11:32 pm

Sorry, I'm afraid I don't know that much about the various painters other than Joyce Morgan - she's my favourite.

Here is the first piece of Joyce Morgan/Chelsea we ever bought - a few years ago now, it was £1.50 in a charity shop (serious bargain!) we knew nothing about Chelsea at the time but liked the funky cat. This sparked our interest. The cat & animal designs are amongst the most sought after.

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Post by dantheman June 12th 2009, 4:22 pm

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21cm sweet bowl,standing on 3 legs with an impressed Chelsea pottery stamp on the back,I'm guessing the decorator's initials are DA?

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and another Joyce Morgan piece,she seems to catch my eye more than any of the other decorators.

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Post by dantheman August 26th 2009, 3:16 pm

That Joyce Morgan has done it again, the quality of her decoration just begs me to bid
(I'm very glad I did!)


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Post by Pip August 27th 2009, 2:46 pm

Chelsea Pottery was established in Radnor Walk, London SW3 in 1952 by David Rawnsley and his wife Mary. It was run like a club where any potter could work and study pottery for an annual sub of 5 guineas and an hourly fee of sixpence plus a further sixpence for a pound of clay. Joyce Morgan was the main instructor at their evening classes for amateurs and her work is amongst the most sought after by collectors - she was originally working as a fabric designer in Paris when she met David.

In 1959 the Rawnsleys left London and set up another pottery in the Bahamas – Joyce joined them there but didn’t like the climate and came back to London after just 5 months. She returned to Radnor Walk and helped Brian Hubbard run Chelsea Pottery for nearly 40 years more with various other potters and modelers.

They had a rich and famous clientele consisting of various leading actors and musicians and were hugely successful for many years. Brian met The Beatles in a TV studio in the early 1960s and stayed in contact with Paul McCartney who commissioned Chelsea to make Christmas mugs for him for many years afterwards.

The pottery moved to Ebury Mews in 1994 but sadly a combination of a poor dollar/sterling exchange rate, their 3 year lease coming to an end and huge rents and rates forced it to close in 1997.

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Post by dantheman August 27th 2009, 2:54 pm

so many of the Chelsea pieces sold today would have been made by amateurs?

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Post by Pip August 27th 2009, 3:04 pm

dantheman wrote:so many of the Chelsea pieces sold today would have been made by amateurs?

Some of the early pieces yes - and this is probably the reason why we don't have more of an idea of the painters & their respective monograms from that early period. However, production from the last 40 odd years where Joyce ran the pottery with Brian Hubbard I would have thought was run much more conventionally with pro potters and painters.

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Post by dantheman August 27th 2009, 3:54 pm

how can you tell when a piece was made? Were the early pieces marked differently to the later production?

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Post by dantheman September 9th 2009, 1:25 pm

Lidded pot decorated by Joyce Morgan

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Post by dantheman September 19th 2009, 7:36 pm

I discovered today that the J V monogram that appears on some pieces of Chelsea pottery is that of John Virando

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Post by carelsa September 21st 2009, 10:27 pm

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This is a chelsea pottery mug/ tankard I have on ebay at the moment with a JV mark that I believe to be by John Virando

I now know the signature belongs to Karen Wood
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Post by dantheman January 5th 2010, 4:19 pm

Joyce Morgan bowl,decorated with sunface design



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painters mark looks like a BD to me, don't know who that is.
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Post by dantheman June 9th 2010, 6:20 pm

cockerel plaque by Joyce Morgan


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