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Post by PhilosophiaSB Mon Nov 14, 2022 4:48 pm

I think i have a Michael Leach bowl. This is one of the few items i have already labeled, after a lucky database research.
View the pattern and the marking, i hope i'm not wrong. Bowl with floral design - LM mark  Img_2025
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Post by philpot Mon Nov 14, 2022 5:22 pm

I don't think so. There is never normally a dot in his mark and the M and the L are a bit too thick, He was very sparse with the use of his own personal mark, nd it is actually quite rare. It also invariably comes with a Y of his Yelland mark.
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Post by PhilosophiaSB Mon Nov 14, 2022 5:28 pm

I think i read that in his early working period his marking was without that Y. And there isn't a dot on the stamp though.
Who do you think it might be the author ?
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Post by NaomiM Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:06 pm

It might be by Michael Leach. There's also Leda May, Ireland, with a similar LM stamp


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Post by PhilosophiaSB Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:13 pm

Thanks, Naomi, in fact i had in sight Leda May but i also judged the bowl by his complete design and pattern so i decided on Michael Leach work.
I'll keep making some research i think.
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Post by studio-pots Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:51 pm

It is not like anything that Michael Leach ever produced. Most of Michael's work was in earthenware and I have never seen his personal seal on anything without the Y (Yelland) seal.

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Post by NaomiM Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:54 pm

studio-pots wrote:It is not like anything that Michael Leach ever produced. Most of Michael's work was in earthenware and I have never seen his personal seal on anything without the Y (Yelland) seal.

Earthenware? A lot of the pots on the Yelland thread look like stoneware -

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t7505-michael-leach-yelland-pottery#100939

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Post by studio-pots Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:58 pm

I did say "most" and perhaps ought to have written "much" but I was really replying to this comment "I think I read that in his early working period his marking was without that Y".

His early working period (post St. Ives) was earthenware.


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Post by PhilosophiaSB Mon Nov 14, 2022 7:04 pm

He had an early Cornwall period of work when he did not signed with that Y , obviously. That doesn't mean that my piece is necessary a Michael Leach item .
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Post by studio-pots Tue Nov 15, 2022 5:40 pm

PhilosophiaSB wrote:He had an early Cornwall period of work when he did not signed with that Y , obviously. That doesn't mean that my piece is necessary a Michael Leach item .

When in Cornwall he taught and worked part-time at the Leach Pottery. I haven't seen anything with his mark on but, if it exists, it would have the Leach Pottery seal too

Before that he was at Bullers in the Potteries and working in East Africa making functional wares and briefly at Wrecclesham in Surrey. I haven't seen any of the latter. However, your bowl looks too recent to be any of these.

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Post by PhilosophiaSB Tue Nov 15, 2022 5:48 pm

Right, i understand it is not Michael Leach but do you have a thought about the potter ? I would appreciate any clue.
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