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Post by studio-pots August 29th 2011, 12:20 pm

Article about Geoffrey Whiting in the AP Newsletter -

https://www.anglianpotters.org.uk/userfiles/file/newsletters/AP-Newlsletter-Spring-2021.pdf



Here are some images of the bases and marks of two pieces of Avoncroft Pottery - one piece of standard domestic ware and the other a Geoffrey Whiting individual piece: -

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Post by Oldmagpie April 22nd 2013, 3:02 pm

Set up Avoncroft Pottery at Avoncroft, Worcestershire in about 1950. He moved the pottery to Hampton Lovett, Worcestershire in 1955. Closed Avoncroft in 1971 and started St Augustine's Pottery in Canterbury, Kent. Whiting carried on potting there while teaching at Kings School, Canterbury and Medway College of Art and Design.

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Post by studio-pots April 22nd 2013, 4:38 pm

Now that we have a thread I can add an image of a porcelain teapot of Geoffrey's that I sold last year.

It was made in Canterbury most probably in the early 1980s.

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Post by studio-pots April 22nd 2013, 4:47 pm

Certainly towards the end of his life it was his teapots that he was most noted for. The collector, Bill Ismay, bought a number and these are now in the collection in York.

The one above is in Eire.

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Post by philpot April 22nd 2013, 11:06 pm

One of the most underestimated potters in the Leach tradition.
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Post by philpot June 18th 2013, 6:03 pm

Often known as 'The Potters Potter'. Probably one of the best potters of the Leach tradition. Justifiably famous for his teapots,which are simply gorgeous.

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Post by philpot June 18th 2013, 6:04 pm

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Post by NaomiM March 30th 2014, 4:38 pm

Chawan


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Post by climberg64 July 13th 2014, 6:26 pm

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Post by Davee August 15th 2015, 5:37 pm

Small green vase. Only has the Avoncroft Mark and not Whitings personal seal.

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Post by Davee August 15th 2015, 5:40 pm

Bowl or Chawan, again no personal seal.

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Post by stardust* March 9th 2016, 7:48 pm

Found this in a charity shop today, it's unfortunately had a small piece glued back on lid and has a small chip inside the lid. I bought it nevertheless as I don't come across Geoffrey Whiting pottery very often, never have in fact, especially with his personal seal. I considered just how much of a difference a little damage makes on a piece by such a fine potter...it's good enough for my shelf.

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Post by hercules brabazon January 27th 2017, 11:38 am

Chunky celadon mug/tankard, 11.5cm tall. The "A" mark only.
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Post by NaomiM March 16th 2018, 11:06 pm

Anyone got a mark for Whiting’s St Augustine’s Pottery?

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Post by studio-pots March 19th 2018, 6:44 pm

Sorry, Naomi, and to be honest I can't remember seeing it on anything. I assume, as he was teaching at the time, he didn't make a great deal.

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Post by philpot July 10th 2018, 5:40 am

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22 cms a side footed dish.
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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 11:06 am

So I took this picture at an auction preview along time ago. Glaze filled mark.Geoffrey Whiting, Avoncroft & St Augustine  Img_4032
But who made it? A quality piece. Geoffrey Whiting comes to mind immediately. But no A mark. David Leach? Ursula Mommens? What is the audience opinion?Geoffrey Whiting, Avoncroft & St Augustine  Img_4033
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Post by denbydump May 13th 2020, 11:13 am

Alan Brough?
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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2020, 12:35 pm

I think it might be Derek Emms.

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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2020, 1:03 pm

I have just had a change of mind............. to Geoffrey Whiting.

……………….. and have now added an image of a porcelain teapot of his that I sold back in 2012 to the "Geoffrey Whiting" thread. If my memory serves me correctly it only had his personal seal.

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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2020, 1:16 pm

A porcelain Geoffrey Whiting teapot that I sold back in 2012.

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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 2:42 pm

Thanks Studio. If I remember rightly it did not sell for a Derek Emms Price.... more a Geoffrey Whiting. Somebody with enough money to back a hunch!
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Post by philpot May 13th 2020, 2:51 pm

Nice....! Of that vague Leach school thingy I think geoffrey whting made the best teapots. Obviously Edmond De Waal had an extremely good teacher....ahem Innocent
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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2020, 9:18 pm

About 2 minutes after writing Derek Emms I passed by a Geoffrey Whiting plate here with almost the same brush decoration....... hence why I changed my mind. I then searched to see if I had a photo of the Geoffrey Whiting teapots that I bought together and luckily I had one of the right one.

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Post by studio-pots May 13th 2020, 9:20 pm

Yes. It's a shame that Eddie didn't have enough technical skill to make anything vaguely as good. However, I suppose his self promotion skills have more than made up for it, from his point of view.

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