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Post by CharlieC on August 17th 2020, 5:18 pm

Found a couple of these today. Unsigned, H: 2 1/2", Very gritty clay, dark 'sludge' tenmoku (I think) Pinched sides... Are they Japanese or British? Nice to hold, very tactile. Any thoughts to origin and maker? Thanks


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Post by philpot on August 18th 2020, 8:29 am

They call it a Guinomi now. Laughter It looks very professionally made. Nice piece.Indeed, this type of item has been made by many 'Leach' style potters in recent years as a cheap entry level introduction to their work. By the very nature of what it is, its probably been made by a professional potter working in that umbrella 'Leach Anglo Japanese style. Which is probably as far as one can get, without a signature
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Post by CharlieC on August 18th 2020, 11:07 am

Interesting... Thanks for that. I'll look into the Leach connection.
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Post by philpot on August 18th 2020, 11:46 am

Its not really a Bernard or David Leach thing really. Bernard certainly never made any. Its definitely a Japanese thing, in fact it might more prosaically be a saki cup. But its that whole style of British potters influenced by Leach, and then honed on modern Japanese.
For instance, these Phil Rogers ones at Goldmark a couple of years ago,
https://discover.goldmarkart.com/80-guinomi-set-phil-rogers/
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Post by NaomiM on August 18th 2020, 12:59 pm

I’m not seeing anything that makes me think Japanese, so likely to be British studio. But without a mark I don’t think it’ll be IDed, tbh. There’s no decoration or glaze I could point to to say this, that or other potter

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