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Post by Praz007 September 22nd 2016, 12:15 pm

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Lovely piece of pottery. I have looked everywhere for this pottery, but with no success. The closest I came was a scotish pottery that signed 'douglas' very similarly, but no 'jane'.

Love the earthy glaze, anyone know what this style of glaze is called?

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Post by olipayton September 22nd 2016, 2:45 pm

I wonder if its June 72 - nice item by the way
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Post by Praz007 September 22nd 2016, 2:58 pm

Ahh 'June' now that would make sense. So its a Douglas, I have seen a scottish artist thats signs Douglas. Anyone know who Douglas is?
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Post by NaomiM March 20th 2022, 3:09 am

Douglas is a town near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

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Post by NaomiM April 23rd 2024, 10:09 pm

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Post by MikeLangton July 4th 2024, 8:48 am

Barry Douglas (1949 - 2008) was a ceramicist in Johannesburg, South Africa. Initially he worked from his a studio in his parents' home in Bramley, Johannesburg and later had a studio in Northcliff. He partnered occasionally with Austin Hleza (1949 - 1997) in producing ceramic art that was a modern treatment of a pieces with an African ethnic origin. They exhibited together at the Potchefstroom Museum and at the Beuster-Skolimowski Gallery in Pretoria.  

I had pottery lessons from Mr Douglas in 1971/2 when I was 12 years old. At that early time in his career (he was 22yo) he was experimenting with glazes that combined green and brown effects which I think also had something to do with his trying out different types of ash for the glazes.

I made a small organiser for my father's desk to hold pins, paperclips etc and Mr Douglas asked if I would like to try using his new green glaze which had brown highlights. I used the glaze and here is a photo taken today of the result from 43 years ago.

The glaze looks similar to your glazed cup and Douglas '72 would tie in with that colour period of his work.

The style of glaze looks a bit like Korean "irabo" which is also popular in Japan because of its 'wabi-sabi' results.

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Post by NaomiM July 4th 2024, 1:33 pm

Most Excellent That's great

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