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Post by dantheman on December 3rd 2016, 1:26 pm

also

designed and made by Margaret Fisher. Mousehole,Cornwall Yellow label
designed and made by the Fishers, Mousehole, Cornwall (yellow label)

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 3rd 2016, 4:13 pm

I have an

CELTIC POTTERY Maggi Fisher Newlyn, Cornwall (YELLOW OR WHITE STAINED LABEL)
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Post by dantheman on December 8th 2016, 3:42 pm

Here are some very early Mousehole singers designed and made by Bill.
the bases are wider than others in my collection, the larger of the two measuring 8cm diameter at the base and the height is 14 cm

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 18th 2016, 9:03 pm

- Designed and made by William Fisher, Mousehole, Cornwall (RED LABEL) also YELLOW
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Post by Celtic_Fan on January 30th 2017, 12:00 am

Other labels include -
- Designed and Made by The Fishers Mousehole Cornwall. (Green Label)
- CELTIC POTTERY Newlyn, Cornwall. (YELLOW LABEL) (same type as yellow Mousehole label)
-CELTIC POTTERY Newlyn, Cornwall, with stick man (Gold sticker)
-CELTIC POTTERY Newlyn, Cornwall, different style stick/long man (Gold Sticker)
- there is also a Long Man impressed mark (probably Celtic Newlyn)
-I've also seen 1 example of the regular gold label in BLUE.

I'm not sure how much weight to put on the actual colour of the labels. As some wording appears on different coloured labels (Yellow, Red, Green), I wonder if it just depended what the printer had at the time?? Perhaps they switched back and forth?

I also wonder if the two labels saying either William or Margaret Fisher were used at the same time and reflect the break up in their relationship?

I'd say 'THE STUDIO' and 'THE FISHERS' labels are clearly the earliest ones.

We also need to better understand exactly what Bill continued to do after the split with Maggi and the formation of Celtic Pottery. Plus how (if at all) he marked his ware - Are some of the William Fisher labels, this later work? We do know he continued potting for many years, particularly his terracotta animals and figures - but what else??
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 30th 2017, 11:24 pm

Dates ?
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Post by dantheman on January 31st 2017, 12:52 am

It's impossible to precisely date the labels or pieces,
The earliest piece I own was made in 1959 and was bought directly from the Fishers

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 31st 2017, 11:07 am

CF/Dan

Fully understand exact dates not possible but it should be possible to break the timelines up and point those labels into 'periods'. CF point taken on label colour. Surely the Maggie only labels must be post split? non?

1958 Studio. Mousehole
196? Celtic Pottery
1968 Split
1970s Newlyn
1982 Close
Bills Later work?
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 15th 2017, 2:42 pm

"Designed and made by Margaret Fisher Mousehole, Cornwall"

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on April 30th 2017, 9:10 pm

Long Man impressed mark with label - Vase is prosaic and nothing special

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Post by dantheman on May 6th 2017, 4:26 pm

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Ever since I first set eyes on Celtic pottery I have dreamed of owning one of Bill Fisher's unicorn busts and today I finally got one Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole) - Page 15 847164

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Post by dantheman on May 6th 2017, 4:30 pm

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I also couldn't resist buying this magnificent Bill Fisher bull today

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Post by dantheman on May 8th 2017, 11:17 pm

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rare 5 inch bull made by Bill in the 1970's  after he left Maggi


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Post by dantheman on May 8th 2017, 11:28 pm

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Bill Fisher king chess piece


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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 10th 2017, 11:03 pm

Excellent  Smush  Most Excellent  Jumping For Joy Very recognisable style. Still amazed that he hand modelled (carved) each one from scratch . Most would have resorted to moulds or a simpler form so the numbers could up. That chess piece looks like a little Inca/Aztec god statue
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Post by dantheman on May 10th 2017, 11:57 pm

Bill made it for someone who already had a full set of hand made chess pieces but wasn't happy with his efforts but I don't think all the pieces were fully hand made from a ball of clay

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 11th 2017, 12:06 am

Understood, bits stuck on an built up but there is relief everywhere. Nothing is left flat if it could have some texture added. They are not thrown hollow body with a pair of horns stuck on and two holes for eyes. Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole) - Page 15 131725
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Post by Celtic_Fan on May 11th 2017, 10:52 am

How could anyone not be happy with that chess king Shock

I'm fairly sure most of his terracotta work was hand made. Even when the same item, they are all individual and not identical in size. He clearly had a technique, which allowed him to make items almost the same. But I think they would be more common, if they were molded (even if added to afterwards). Even the unicorn heads which look the same are not all exactly the same size - I have 2 and the are about an inch different in height.
Just think about how few we see and how many years Bill was working. Even those small animals which we see a few more of, are all slightly different.

However, I do suspect that mermaid on a rock (from a few years ago) and the knight on horseback (which I have) are probably from a mold. So not sure why these haven't turned up any 2nd examples??
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Post by Celtic_Fan on May 11th 2017, 10:59 am

That 5 inch Bull is interesting. I've not seen any of his work made like that before - flat body and sculpted head. Strange - but I like it.
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Post by dantheman on May 11th 2017, 12:28 pm

the small bull is also my favorite piece as it is so unusual
I talked to Maggi a few years ago and she said they made a very large number of unicorns so they may turn up on the market when the original owners pop their clogs

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Post by dantheman on May 11th 2017, 12:30 pm

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in the 2nd pic you can see Ev unloading Medallion range pottery from the kiln

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Post by Celtic_Fan on May 11th 2017, 12:48 pm

dantheman wrote:
I talked to Maggi a few years ago and she said they made a very large number of unicorns so they may turn up on the market when the original owners pop their clogs
That is my suspicion about why Bills terracotta work seems so rare.
I suspect it is loved so much, the original owners still have most of it Beating Heart

But I'm quite happy if they are only moving to a smaller house and 'down sizing', so thinning out there belongings. They don't have to 'pop their clogs'.
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Post by dantheman on May 12th 2017, 11:48 am

the small bull and king arrived by post today and the detail is stunning!!!!
I have added more pics (above)

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Post by dantheman on August 9th 2017, 4:32 pm


8 inch bowl decorated with rare archer on horseback design

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Post by denbydump on August 9th 2017, 7:05 pm

Never seen any thing like it Dan.
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