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Bill Fisher - The Studio

Post by Chassyboy on June 10th 2015, 4:23 pm

Hi,

Can anyone tell me if the Bill Fisher referred to here is the William Fisher who worked out of The Studio, 25 Swain Street, Watchet?

In the 1970's whilst on holiday in Cornwell I purchased 2 black Terra Cotta wall plaques that came with a booklet attributing them to William Fisher. One is of a horse approx. 30cm x 24cm and the other is of a Japanese warrior (oval shaped approx.17cm x 23cm)I am trying to do some research on these as to their origins and current worth etc.

Any info. regarding this will be much appreciated.

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Post by dantheman on June 10th 2015, 4:58 pm

Welcome Cb.
it's news to me if he did but if you have the plaques I would be happy to take a look at them
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Chassyboy on June 12th 2015, 9:53 am

Hi ,
Thanks for the info. - hope I have got this right! Chassyboy



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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on June 12th 2015, 2:06 pm

the first 2  images are very small but look very like Bill Fishers work at Mousehole, also the description of his subject matter, Bulls, lions and Unicorns all sculpted in 'terra cotta' and looking heraldic etc all ties in with Bill's Mousehole production.
I'm very excited by your post and will be investigating the Somerset connection

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Celtic_Fan on June 19th 2015, 11:49 pm

ade0915 wrote:

Very pleased to have found these today at Malvern. They are very early Celtic made at Mousehole by Bill Fisher. As rare as 'hens teeth'.
At last - I now know that my ones aren't 'only children'.
These are the first of this 'design' that I've ever seen, other than the 4 sat in my cabinet.

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Post by Celtic_Fan on June 20th 2015, 12:07 am

Chassyboy - FANTASTIC examples of Bills work (no shadow of a doubt), I'm jealous Clap
I'd love to see more of the booklet.

Like Dan, I've not heard of Bill working from Watchet.
It could just be a coincidence that like the Mousehole site, it's called The Studio - I guess many places could have been.

Do you remember if this Studio, sold only Bill's Work, or did it sell the work of other potters?
I suppose this could just have been another outlet for his work.
Although, we don't actually know much about Bills work and where he worked from, after Maggi moved to Newlyn. We know he did continue and made some lovely stuff, but from where is rather murky. But I'd be very surprised if he moved his work to Watchet.

My money is on this being an outlet for his work.

How many pages does this booklet have?
Yet another thing I now have to try and find Frustrated

Many thanks for showing us these plaques

oh, nearly forgot - what size are these plaques?
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Chassyboy on June 23rd 2015, 5:07 pm

Hi Celtic_ Fan,

Thanks for your reply - since making the post I have been advise that these are probably not by the same William Fisher? One is of a horse approx. 30cm x 24cm and the other is of a Japanese warrior (oval shaped approx.17cm x 23cmWe bought the items in an art shop when we were on holiday in Cornwall,in the St Agnes Bay area not at Watchet but the booklet has clearly been issued from the Watchet address. The booklet has three more pages but these are devoted to the history of Terra Cotta. Not sure where this leaves this topic - I have at present unable to make any further inroads to the source of the two items.
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Celtic_Fan on June 23rd 2015, 5:40 pm

Chassyboy.
I can assure you these are most deffinately by the same Bill (William) Fisher.
Whoever told you otherwise doesn't know his work very well (if at all).
I have quite a bit of it myself and loads of photo's, one of which shows a very similar example to your horse.

These ARE by the Bill Fisher of Mousehole. 100%
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by NaomiM on July 8th 2015, 1:30 am

Found this today.









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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Celtic_Fan on July 8th 2015, 9:38 am

A nice one. Probably Mousehole.
Shame about the damage.
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by NaomiM on July 8th 2015, 12:03 pm

Yes, It's a firing crack.

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on August 18th 2015, 5:03 pm

a nice example of the dragon design on a 4.5 inch mug with a green stick man Newlyn label




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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on September 28th 2015, 9:05 pm



Ev Stevens pictured with a kiln full of Medallion range Celtic pottery

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on February 25th 2016, 8:38 pm



I quite like the simple monochrome colourway of this lamp

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on February 26th 2016, 11:14 am

this mug was designed and made by Bill Fisher in Mousehole , this example has a crudely turned foot which is quite unusual for Fisher vessels


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Post by NaomiM on June 1st 2016, 12:41 am

Newlyn bowl







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9 cm Posy Vase - Celtic, Newlyn, Medallion

Post by RVsaid on June 11th 2016, 8:46 am

Hi

No makers mark and an interesting tapered form and finish on base. The glaze is very D&R like.



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Post by denbydump on June 11th 2016, 8:49 am

Celtic Cornwall used that glaze, but can't say I've seen that shape before.
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Post by RVsaid on June 11th 2016, 9:08 am

Cool thanks, The photograph doesn't catch the shape, small round pedestal bas, then flares out to bottom third of height and then in again to the top
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Post by denbydump on June 11th 2016, 9:19 am

Thinking about it, It could be a goblet, from a set of 6 that came on a circular
tray with a decanter or jug, in the green medallion pattern.
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by debbie32 on June 11th 2016, 12:10 pm

Think you're right - I was just wandering around ebay and saw this set of Newlyn goblets and tray in the Medallion pattern:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504243189351/
different patterning but much the same and as you say from a set.


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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by RVsaid on June 11th 2016, 2:00 pm

Yes that's them, so have to find more goblets and a tray now ;0( -cheers though.
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Wharf cottage Mousehole

Post by dantheman on July 11th 2016, 10:01 am

I passed by Wharf Cottage last week and was saddened by it's near derelict state with no sign that it was ever used to produce works of art Sad



I asked lots of the villagers about the pottery produced in Mousehole during the 1960's and 70's, sadly all but one seemed disinterested and ignorant of their local heritage,

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on July 11th 2016, 10:42 am

Looks like it's fallen on it's side!

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