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Post by big ed May 2nd 2009, 1:06 pm

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A studio lampbase I bought from the Cornwall area on ebay 12"x5"x4", extremely heavy,it looks a bit like wallwork ,hudson, and troika influenced , any ideas ?
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Post by big ed May 2nd 2009, 1:07 pm

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Post by big ed May 2nd 2009, 1:08 pm

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Post by big ed May 28th 2009, 6:53 am

This is an email I received this morning in my quest to find out about this piece.
Dear Eddie,



It looks very much like an Alan Wallwork except for the mark so I forwarded your pictures to him and got the following in his reply -



"Now JT might be Joyce Taplin and SS might be Suzanne Stainer, her sister, both of whom worked for me at Marnhull.  If they did make this between them I'm surprised but my memory is not always accurate.  Something lurks in the mists about them putting their initials on pots but what the idea was has long gone.  What's curious is the "notching".  I did this I thought only at Blackheath Road,  a reference to the notching on the mooring posts on the Grand Union Canal in Watford when I was a kid.  Joyce and Sue might well have seen one like that on the shelf at Marnhull and made their composite version.  How did it get on the market though?"



So it could be the "two sisters" and I certainly don't have any better suggestions.



How did you obtain it? - that might help to throw a little light on things.



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Post by NaomiM November 15th 2018, 10:39 pm

The mark was IDed on a similar vase as being by Sally Shalam, assistant to Jon Cheney, Porthleven Pottery in the 60s. The monogram above the SS could be JC for Jon Cheney.

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Post by NaomiM April 4th 2019, 9:24 pm

Correction: Sally Sjoholm. Assistant to Jon Cheney in the late 60s. Registered it as Aztec Designs

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Post by cycladelic December 11th 2021, 9:06 am

Talking of unmarked pieces.

I reckon this 17cm vase is one of Alan's, but there's no W scratched on the base...

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Someone had a very similar piece on eBay this month and said it was a Wallwork vase -- it was also unmarked.
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Post by NaomiM December 11th 2021, 1:06 pm

cycladelic wrote:Talking of unmarked pieces.

I reckon this 17cm vase is one of Alan's, but there's no W scratched on the base...

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Someone had a very similar piece on eBay this month and said it was a Wallwork vase -- it was also unmarked.


I’m afraid it’s not by Wallwork. It’s by Sonia Sjoholm, assistant to Jon Cheney in the
Late 1960s, in Porthleven, Cornwall
I’ll move it to another thread

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Post by cycladelic December 11th 2021, 2:48 pm

Thanks, Naomi

I always had my doubts about it being a Wallwork piece - it just didn't seem like his work. Neither was it quite like Louis Hudson's. Mystery solved!

I just looked at the thread for Sonia and found this reply to Big Ed from Alan Wallwork:

...What's curious is the "notching".  I did this I thought only at Blackheath Road,  a reference to the notching on the mooring posts on the Grand Union Canal in Watford when I was a kid.


Did Sonia ever mark her work?

I'm not familiar with Jon's pottery either.

By being an assistant to Jon, I guess their work was similar. Was it?
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Post by cycladelic December 11th 2021, 3:24 pm

NaomiM wrote:Correction: Sally Sjoholm. Assistant to Jon Cheney in the late 60s. Registered it as Aztec Designs

I have seen pieces online naming Sally Shalam. It must be the same person and my guess is one is her maiden name.
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Post by NaomiM December 11th 2021, 4:00 pm

cycladelic wrote:
NaomiM wrote:Correction: Sally Sjoholm. Assistant to Jon Cheney in the late 60s. Registered it as Aztec Designs

I have seen pieces online naming Sally Shalam. It must be the same person and my guess is one is her maiden name.

Or possibly mispelt. She's on FB

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Post by studio-pots December 11th 2021, 6:40 pm

I am assuming that Sally & Sue might have been the sisters that Alan mentioned to me that worked for him at Marnhull. Any thoughts, Naomi, as until I saw this thread just now, I hadn't remember contacting Alan for Ed(die).

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Post by NaomiM December 11th 2021, 8:37 pm

Tom Parry (on FB) discussed these vases with Sally Sjoholm. I’m not sure about Wallwork

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Post by cycladelic December 16th 2021, 2:33 am

NaomiM wrote:Tom Parry (on FB) discussed these vases with Sally Sjoholm. I’m not sure about Wallwork

I have contacted Sonia via my wife's FB account and pointed her to this forum. Sonia said she trained with Louis Hudson and passed on the studio to Graham Fern in 1969. Hopefully we can learn more soon.
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Post by NaomiM December 16th 2021, 3:14 am

Excellent Would love to hear more

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Post by cycladelic January 1st 2022, 1:10 am

NaomiM wrote:Excellent  Would love to hear more

Here's what Tom wrote to me:

Sonia told me that she joined Jon's business as an assistant in 1967, more or less from school I assume. It was called Pots & Togs, his wife Patsy selling clothes there and later taking up jewellery making. The premises were the former lime kiln and recently became a branch of Rick Stein for a while. Louis Hudson trained Sonia in the technique of coiling and sometimes batting chimney vases learned from his time with Alan Wallwork. In turn Sonia trained a later assistant Graham Fern in the same way. Louis left to start his own pottery at Trethevey in 1968. Sonia left at the end of 1970. At a later date she had wider training from Bill Marshall at college in Redruth. The Cheneys left Cornwall in 1971 or '72. Graham Fern then set up on his own account.

It sounds like Louis Hudson also worked with Jon Chaney (mavbe from 1965). I though he started his own studio after leaving Alan Wallwork in London.
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Post by NaomiM January 1st 2022, 1:11 pm

Most Excellent

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Post by cycladelic January 1st 2022, 3:35 pm

Here's a bit more info c/o of Tom:

Sonia lives in Porthleven again and paints but does not pot. Louis gave up potting many years ago. When last heard of he still lived at Trethewey but may have passed on by now. Graham Fern returned to his native New Zealand many years ago and died less than 12 months ago. His daughter Fenella worked with him for a time in Porthleven then followed to NZ where I believe she does some pottery teaching.
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Post by cycladelic March 6th 2022, 12:09 pm

I've copied this info from the Sonia Sjoholm thread. She worked with Jon Cheney. It's c/o Tom Parry:

Sonia told me that she joined Jon's business as an assistant in 1967, more or less from school I assume. It was called Pots & Togs, his wife Patsy selling clothes there and later taking up jewellery making. The premises were the former lime kiln and recently became a branch of Rick Stein for a while. Louis Hudson trained Sonia in the technique of coiling and sometimes batting chimney vases learned from his time with Alan Wallwork. In turn Sonia trained a later assistant Graham Fern in the same way. Louis left to start his own pottery at Trethevey in 1968. Sonia left at the end of 1970. At a later date she had wider training from Bill Marshall at college in Redruth. The Chaneys left Cornwall in 1971 or '72. Graham Fern then set up on his own account.
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Post by potterymad62 March 6th 2022, 1:39 pm

cycladelic wrote:I've copied this info from the Sonia Sjoholm thread. She worked with Jon Cheney. It's c/o Tom Parry:

Sonia told me that she joined Jon's business as an assistant in 1967, more or less from school I assume. It was called Pots & Togs, his wife Patsy selling clothes there and later taking up jewellery making. The premises were the former lime kiln and recently became a branch of Rick Stein for a while. Louis Hudson trained Sonia in the technique of coiling and sometimes batting chimney vases learned from his time with Alan Wallwork. In turn Sonia trained a later assistant Graham Fern in the same way. Louis left to start his own pottery at Trethevey in 1968. Sonia left at the end of 1970. At a later date she had wider training from Bill Marshall at college in Redruth. The Chaneys left Cornwall in 1971 or '72. Graham Fern then set up on his own account.
That's a great additional info to the GF story and history, thanks cycladelic. Would it be OK for me to copy this and add this to my GF story on my website, thanks Ernest.
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