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Post by HelenC October 24th 2022, 8:07 pm

Ploughing through my latest ‘that looks interesting’ crateload of random studio pottery, I’ve come across the huge cup (maybe handled bowl?) and saucer below. It doesn’t look quite right for Aldermaston and I can’t match the mark, the colours are a bit odd but it’s a nice pair! Is this Aldermaston, and if not any thoughts? Thanks

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Post by philpot October 24th 2022, 8:49 pm

Aldermaston invariably used a reddish earthenware clay. That edge looks a bit like stoneware. It does look like it clearly has an Aldermaston influence. The Z part of the mark is unusual though, although The A might well put it as Aldermaston. There were a lot of people who worked at Aldermaston for varying lengths of time and not all of them are documented.
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Post by HelenC October 24th 2022, 8:58 pm

Hi, the clay is a red earthenware, albeit quite a pale one - the flash has bleached it out a bit. I was wondering if it was an undocumented Aldermaston mark, I certainly can’t find it in the ‘official’ list
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Post by 22 Crawford St. October 24th 2022, 9:21 pm

Look through the Aldermaston thread - there are multiple pieces but no one seems to be sure who AZ is. I think it is Aldermaston. They seem to have done a lot of plates. I have a few
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Post by HelenC October 24th 2022, 9:21 pm

Thank you - I’ll have a browse through the thread.
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Post by NaomiM October 24th 2022, 10:52 pm

Yes, Aldermaston Pottery. AR monogram, possibly for Simon Rich

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Post by HelenC October 24th 2022, 10:58 pm

Thanks, Naomi, I did think about Simon Rich but all the examples I could find showed his monogram as having the A and R similar heights. That’s the problem with letting potters paint their monograms. Forget national identity cards, I want national pottery identity stamps to be made mandatory!
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Post by NaomiM October 24th 2022, 11:03 pm

Jaki Rothery is another possibility. I’ve seen this AR mark before but it wasn’t solved

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Post by philpot October 25th 2022, 9:06 am

Another possibility. Alan Caiger Smith also designed a range of pottery for Honiton Pottery. This might explain the change of clay and the not quite traditional Aldermaston design in this cup and saucer.
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Post by HelenC October 25th 2022, 9:40 am

Thank you - lots more to research!
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Post by NaomiM October 25th 2022, 10:42 am

The same signature on a lustre ware piece, so definitely Aldermaston


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Post by HelenC October 25th 2022, 12:52 pm

That’s really helpful, Naomi, thank you
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