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Post by dantheman on January 26th 2018, 3:14 pm

curiousclay wrote:Can you see the second photo? The signature is incised on the back.

ER is Elizabeth Regina (our Queen) and the date is her coronation year

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Post by curiousclay on January 26th 2018, 3:25 pm

Oh! I had no idea! That's a little embarrassing - I'd assumed EIIR were the artist's initials. Is there any symbolic significance to the rooster?

I wonder if the plate was made in 1953 as well. Would have been a very early piece.
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Post by dantheman on January 26th 2018, 5:04 pm

I don't see a connection between the rooster and the coronation but I guess it depends on how you view the Royal Family

the pottery opened in 1952 so I suspect the 53 date is correct as date of production

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Post by NaomiM on January 26th 2018, 6:03 pm

I believe there’s another one on the thread that was also made during the Coronation, but the decoration isn’t Coronation inspired so probably just a marketing gimmick

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 26th 2018, 6:50 pm

Nice plate. See my long Angel Fish plate post earlier. That is not a normal dish. Hold on to it.
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Post by curiousclay on January 26th 2018, 7:58 pm

Just found your Angel fish, thank you for the prompt! It's beautiful! The handwriting on the back is different from mine, so it must have been a different decorator.

I wish there were photos of the backs of the VA plates.
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Post by denbydump on January 26th 2018, 10:17 pm

I had one of these thinly thown bowls (see earlier in the thread).
Probably thrown by Frank Spindler. Can't make out a signature on
the front, a fantastic clourful early piece.
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Post by curiousclay on January 26th 2018, 10:24 pm

Just found another commemorative bowl online - it's the same shape as mine. Sold at an auction two years ago.

http://auctions.lyonandturnbull.com/auction-lot-detail/CHELSEA-POTTERY-COMMEMORATIVE-BOWL%2C-DATED-1953-20cm-diameter/475++++++515+/++208202
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 26th 2018, 11:36 pm

So I have a fish one and the V&A are of the same series. There is a bird one posted on this thread also. I've been watching out for them over the last few years. One sold on ebay for very little while back. They do come in various sizes the one i have is 300mm (12inch) but the auction one you posted is 200mm (8 inch). I did not realise there were other commemorative scenes. So interesting TY for posting.

I have to say that they don't all seem to be of the same standard so yes several persons must have decorated them. I still think someone like Joyce threw them because they are of the ilk of the wafer thin and tapering towards the rim that I have mentioned before, someone knew how to throw and was showboating.

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Post by dantheman on January 26th 2018, 11:51 pm

it looks like the earlier work was of higher quality

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Post by HollyVS on April 18th 2018, 11:30 pm

Hello I found this forum by accident and thought Chelsea Pottery collectors might like the
information I could provide.
I was a decorator at Chelsea from 1972 to 1982
and shared a room with Hazel Livi.
I specialised in commissioned / commemorative
pieces which required lettering as well decoration and also the non commemorative range.
I studied graphics and illustration at Folkstone School of Art and Canterbury College of Art.
In a pre computer age we had to be proficient at hand lettering.
Before designing and decorating at Chelsea I worked for The Royal Worcester Porcelain Company.
Working at the Chelsea Pottery was great fun.
Amazing that such a studio was tucked away just off the Kings Road.
The Pottery workrooms were situated on the first floor of 13 Radnor Walk accessed through an archway and across a cobbled courtyard. The office and kiln room were on the ground foor.
A very steep narrow wooden staircase led up to the
first part of the pottery workrooms.
This was run as a sort of pottery school/club where people could have lessons or work by themselves.
The commercial part of the pottery workrooms was further back and occupied about two thirds
of the space.
There were two floor to ceiling doors overlooking the courtyard which in summer opened to a balcony surrounded by a vine.
Frank Spindler used to throw the bowls and make the figures. He threw the bases of the figures then sculpted the bodies on top.
I loved his judges. Sadly I don't have one!
There were several other throwers over the time I was there but I'm afraid I can't remember their names.
Joan made the press molded dishes. Quartics and ovals and I can't remember her surname!
She used a stamp to mark the back.
The thrown dishes usually had Chelsea Pottery or just Chelsea written inside the foot ring.
Each decorator had their own separate workspace or tiny room except for Hazel and I who shared
a room.
The decorators I worked with included the
Joyce Morgan
Barbara Ross
Kim Warman
Hazel Livi
and Janice and Mary whose surnames I also can't remember!
We used to go to the Chelsea Potter pub up on the corner on a Friday lunch time, come back to work
then have to redo lots of it on Monday!
The Kings Road was lively, intesting and good fun place to be with lots of independent shops.
The famous Picasso Cafe was still there for toasted sandwiches and takeaway minestrone and interesting chat.
The technique we used at The Chelsea Pottery was
scrafitto but not on green ware.
The biscuit was dipped in tin glaze, left to dry then scratched through, spayed with various oxides, painted with the coloured glazes the sprayed with a top transparent glaze.
We carefully stacked them with torn telephone directory pages in between then put them on the shelves which stretched all along one wall.
Jim would collect them and take them all the way along the narrow workroom down to the kilns.
I don't know how he did it, down those steep,steep, narrow stairs!
I have very happy memories of my time at Chelsea.







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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 18th 2018, 11:47 pm

Wonderful! Holly & welcome  Smush

Don't go away we have a ton of questions!  Jumping For Joy

If you don't mind?
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Re: Chelsea Pottery (London)

Post by dantheman on April 19th 2018, 12:15 am

Hi Holly,
Thanks for sharing your experiences at the pottery, I have always wondered what it was like to work there and you described it so well!

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Post by NaomiM on April 19th 2018, 1:03 am

Wonderful information. Thank you Most Excellent

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Re: Chelsea Pottery (London)

Post by denbydump on April 19th 2018, 7:24 pm

Thanks for joining and adding to our knowledge base.
Did you have your own monogram?
I don't see your name on our Provisional lists.

I wonder if you have had time to browse through the previous pages in this thread,
and if you have any info to add to our scant attempts at identifications.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 19th 2018, 8:54 pm

where is the list?
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Post by denbydump on April 19th 2018, 11:08 pm

Back a few pages Alex
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 19th 2018, 11:27 pm

helpful to move it here for Holly?
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Post by denbydump on April 19th 2018, 11:34 pm

I could do it, but there is more than one.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 19th 2018, 11:53 pm

Number of posts : 1

Really helpful if we could mingle and coalesce (had to look that one up)
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Re: Chelsea Pottery (London)

Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 12:28 am

Are you both talking about lists of potters/decorators?


AJD01 wrote:
dantheman wrote:welcome ,
Do you remember any other names from your time there?
 
Yes.  Here are some:
 
Betty Dennison Hunt (mainly did the casting)
Jim Rose (mainly did the firing)
Joan ??? (mainly slab work)
Frank Spindler (sp. ?) (throwing and maker of Judge figures and the round plates of different sizes)
Joyce Morgan (decorator)
Barbara Ross (decorator)
Jenny Delange (sp. ?) (decorator/ New Zealand) [her sgraffito is a sylised "del"]
Hazel Levy (decorator)
Audrey Durnan (decorator)
Brian Hubbard (chief)
 
Blanchett has Christina Sheppard at the pottery between c1960 and c1975; her work is totally unfamiliar to me and I am not aware of having met her.  Each decorator's  work is fairly easy to identify.
 
Hope this helps,
Audrey
 
PS  As for the "amateur" thread, there were many many classes given (for a fee) the whole time.  On occasion, they would use the Chelsea pottery blanks.
PSS  We tended to buy pre-formed blank Huntington tiles for decoration -- I did the wall of sunflower tiles for the "Chelsea Potter" on the King's Road.  Is it still there?

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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 12:29 am

denbydump wrote:I have dug out an old article on Chelsea with some of the decorators names which
may tally with some of the unknown signatures, some may have been mentioned
already, but it's just easier to post the lot.

Joyce Morgan
Patience Ifill
Daphne Cork
Beryl Owen
Eve Gosset
Susan Windsor
Barbara Ross
Hazel Livi (sic).
Kim Warman

Did Alan Brough work there also? maybe mixing it up with Celtic

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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 12:29 am

dantheman wrote:Betty Dennison Hunt (mainly did the casting)
Jim Rose (mainly did the firing)
Joan ??? (mainly slab work)
Frank Spindler (sp. ?) (throwing and maker of Judge figures and the round plates of different sizes)
Joyce Morgan (decorator)
Barbara Ross (decorator)
Jenny Delange (sp. ?) (decorator/ New Zealand) [her sgraffito is a sylised "del"]
Hazel Levy (decorator)
Audrey Durnan (decorator)
Brian Hubbard (chief)
JEM is (technically) Joyce Elaine Morgan
Amanda Barrie
Jannick Le Troadec
Patience Ifill
Daphne Cork
Beryl Owen
Eve Gosset
Susan Windsor
Barbara Ross
Hazel Livi (sic).
Kim Warman
Margaret Tomlins
Jane Blackburne

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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 12:30 am

PottyWendy wrote:Anyone who wants my [ie. Wendy Blackburne] latest list of decorators/modelmakers from Chelsea  can message me an email address on my Facebook Group for ID'ing studio pottery and I will send it to them

https://www.facebook.com/groups/230104693676065/?fref=ts

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Post by NaomiM on April 20th 2018, 12:45 am

A couple of pin dishes









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