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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on October 20th 2016, 8:40 pm

Is it not quite brave to leave pieces in the raw? Surely they would have sold better with a dab or two of glaze?

Why did he do this ?
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Post by dantheman on October 20th 2016, 9:14 pm

he left some of his bowls unglazed too but he coated them with wax

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Post by dantheman on October 24th 2016, 1:27 pm



the unglazed animals get quite a patina when handled for decades,the lion has obviously been kept in a cabinet all of his life

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Post by dantheman on November 23rd 2016, 2:04 pm



all Bill's creations are unique as this image shows

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by Celtic_Fan on November 24th 2016, 7:02 pm

He did paint some of his terracotta creations, particularly the people. Sometimes in some quite strong colours.
Personally I do prefer those that were left plain, which seems to be the case with his animals.
Dan, I'm not sure that that darker glossy colour is patina, as they also seem rather uniform all over - either dark 'glossy' or light and matt. I think it's either a difference in the clay used, or something else Bill did to them. You couldn't really handle them inside that tail loop, or right inside the nostrils or that head hair.

And for anyone who doesn't know, these were sold in Liberty's for a while.
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Post by dantheman on December 1st 2016, 5:27 pm


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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by dantheman on December 3rd 2016, 10:44 am

we now have quite a collection of labels on this thread so the logical next step is to work out the date line and then pieces with labels can be roughly dated.
So which label is the earliest?

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on December 3rd 2016, 12:10 pm

Well list out all the different marks first in text...

- CELTIC POTTERY Mousehole, Cornwall. (YELLOW LABEL)
- Designed and made by William Fisher, Mousehole, Cornwall (GREEN LABEL)
- The Studio at Wharf Cottage Mousehole, Cornwall (Boxed on YELLOW LABEL)
- Designed and made by William Fisher, Mousehole, Cornwall (RED LABEL)
- FISHER inscribed by hand

etc

Then best guess for date?

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on January 30th 2017, 11:24 pm

Dates ?
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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Margaret Fisher - Celtic Mousehole and Newlyn

Post by 22 Crawford St. on March 15th 2017, 2:42 pm

"Designed and made by Margaret Fisher Mousehole, Cornwall"





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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

Post by NaomiM on March 15th 2017, 11:25 pm

Large Medallion vase - 7" x 7 1/2"




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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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

 

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

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



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

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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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

















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


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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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














Bill Fisher king chess piece


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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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Re: Celtic (Newlyn & Mousehole)

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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