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Post by philpot January 26th 2021, 4:09 am

Julia Carter Preston  1926-2012 was a major potter in Liverpool, specialising in highly intricate and gorgeous sgraffitto work. She had a studio in the famed Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool city Centre  for many years. Slightly outside the mainstream of British studio potters, she was held with high regard in the Merseyside area and is now well collected. Her mark mainly had a yellow sticker on it, and her initials were inscribed on the back. Her work is unmistakeable though, some of the best sgraffito made in Britain,

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2012/jan/22/julia-carter-preston

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Carter_Preston


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Post by denbydump January 26th 2021, 7:08 am

She was a student at Liverpool college of art along with my father in the early 1950s.
I remember him cutting out the guardian obituary for me at the time, and asked
if i'd ever seen any of her work, which I hadn't.
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Post by studio-pots January 26th 2021, 9:06 am

It is amazing stuff and I am amazed that I have never heard anything about her or seen images of her work before.

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Post by philpot January 26th 2021, 11:04 am

I agree with you Studio. Terrific work. It is not as if she hid her light under a bushel. She did have a studio in Bluecoat chambers for many years. This is an Arts Centre bang in the centre of Liverpool, where the shop was a renowned retailer of top end British studio pottery.
She had a couple of exhibitions in the Amalgam Gallery in Barnes back in the 1990's, but otherwise little in London. Obviously she had a ready local market in Liverpool that she was happy with.
She does have her collectors for considerable prices. That charger with the blue flowers above. That one or a similar one went for a hammer price of £1000 in an Adam Partridge sale in 2019.
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Post by studio-pots January 26th 2021, 12:24 pm

I imagine that the work took a long time to make and the local market took what she could produce and so why bother going elsewhere.

The problem with her showing with Tim Boon at Amalgam is that he exhibited a similar range of potters as I did and her work wouldn't be the type of thing that his regular customers would have appreciated.

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