Stoneware seed pod vase with SF mark, Sheila Fournier

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Post by abstract*toad May 15th 2022, 12:34 pm

Lovely tactile stoneware pod like vase, I think it's a piece by Sheila Fournier, 1970's ish.
The mark isn't 100% right, missing a dot.
Any help with ID welcomed.

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Post by studio-pots May 15th 2022, 12:53 pm

Looking at the item overall, I don't think that I would be able to argue with a Sheila Fournier attribution.

I say that because:-

1. The mark is very close to examples and the seals used for marking get lost and changed.
2. It fits in with the style of her work as it developed.
3. The stoneware body looks similar to that used by Alan Wallwork in the 1960s/70s and Sheila rented space from Alan in Greenwich in the early 1960s, along with her husband. It's where the change in style of their work changed from solely functional pottery.
4. The base decoration mirrors other pots of hers that I've seen.

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Post by abstract*toad May 15th 2022, 1:02 pm

Thank you for sharing your knowledge studio, really useful information to have.
Much appreciated 🙏
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Post by philpot May 17th 2022, 9:08 am

There was a relatively short lived fashion for this type of naturalistic seed pot type of work in the early 70's or thereabouts. Early Mary Rodgers, Eileen Lewenstein in particular. Sheila Fournier being a very interesting and under estimated potter. She did a lot of more unusual work.
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Post by studio-pots May 17th 2022, 3:42 pm

Alan Wallwork always said that Sheila was far more talented than her husband and I am sure that wasn't just because he fancied her. Cheeky

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Post by abstract*toad May 18th 2022, 7:33 am

studio-pots wrote:Alan Wallwork always said that Sheila was far more talented than her husband and I am sure that wasn't just because he fancied her. Cheeky

Sounds like there's the makings for a studio pottery soap there.
Joking asides, I think I'd have no trouble fancying anyone that creates pieces like this.

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Post by abstract*toad May 18th 2022, 7:39 am

philpot wrote:There was a relatively short lived fashion for this type of naturalistic seed pot type of work in the early 70's or thereabouts. Early Mary Rodgers, Eileen Lewenstein in particular. Sheila Fournier being a very interesting and under estimated potter. She did a lot of more unusual work.

I'll be keeping an eye out for more pieces by SF, it's the first of her pots that I've owned and it has left me with a taste to find more.
I've found a nice lamp base online, but I'm not prepared to pay what the seller is asking.
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Post by philpot May 18th 2022, 9:32 am

I've got one of those somewhere! Big tall white thing.
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