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Post by Neil62 December 15th 2022, 10:18 am

Good morning

I thought I would share with you some photographs of some pots I picked up yesterday from an auction and then asked the question what happened to the Potters who made them?

I bought the lot blind, though I had asked for photos of the marks and a condition report. I knew from the description of the mark that the pots were clearly not by Lucy Rie but they appeared well made, attractive and in her style.
The last pot I made was almost 50 years ago which I still have so technically, these pots could be made easily as far as I am aware!
But I don’t think they can and I liked / like them.
Anyway when I got them home and looked at the marks for the first time it was difficult to decipher where the mark fitted in the parameters of BISPM, nevertheless I indulged myself in what O really like doing researching!!
Several hours later I had found a similar pot for sale on a designers website (without attribution) for £900.
I was quite excited until I saw a pair of ‘designer curtains’ for about a zillion quid then I realised I wasn’t going to be rich!

Anyway I searched boggle eyed until I had one of those ‘hamlet moments’ when the mists cleared and there the mark was on almost the last page in the search parameter which by then I think I’d got to the one which said ‘perverse no idea god only knows what they were thinking’
Naomi don’t know how you’ve got the patience - I understand as an investigator the glee at finding a result and the buzz from that but not to put it all together so 👏 for that.

Anyway the mark was that of Sarah Butler and Martin Clark who in your list you correctly (obviously) identified did some work for Heals and I found at least two pots of theirs which had previously sold at auction, then nothing!

My point is I think the pots I bought are nice and I am surprised their pottery life seems to have stopped. I wondered if anyone knew why or if they are still working together / apart.

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Post by dantheman December 15th 2022, 10:33 am

10 years ago they were in Bath

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Post by NaomiM December 17th 2022, 3:36 am

They are now in the bottled drinks business

https://suite.endole.co.uk/insight/company/07364400-the-whent-limited

https://www.thewhent.com/

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Post by Neil62 December 17th 2022, 7:31 am

Hi Naomi,
Thank you - can’t help thinking what a waste but…..Merry Christmas.
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Post by benwilliams December 22nd 2022, 7:53 pm

Nice pots! But I suspect making pots is a hard way to pay the bills, unless you are really successful at selling yourself.
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Post by Neil62 December 22nd 2022, 8:08 pm

benwilliams wrote:Nice pots! But I suspect making pots is a hard way to pay the bills, unless you are really successful at selling yourself.

Think you are right Ben - I don’t know much about them but I suppose they have to do, as you say, something to pay the billls.
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Post by studio-pots December 23rd 2022, 10:34 am

I knew that I had kept a catalogue that I had been sent by the couple back in 2001 that, I assume, went out to all other galleries and companies that sold hand made studio pottery at the time.

Here's the front cover and page 3 with information about them.

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Post by Neil62 December 23rd 2022, 10:39 am

Brilliant Studio Pots - Thank you for taking the time to look and ma. Wish you, your family and the other contributors on this really useful site a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year
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Post by studio-pots December 23rd 2022, 10:40 am

The catalogue was 20 pages (including covers) and here is page showing the wholesale prices.

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When I saw these wholesale prices I thought their "cut" would be too low to make this a sustainable business and especially when Heals and, I think I remember, the Conran shop began stocking them. I say that because I know that large retailers would never pay anywhere near these wholesale prices and would want volume too. They would also be very slow payers.


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Post by Neil62 December 23rd 2022, 10:42 am

Pretty inexpensive!!
No wonder they didn’t make it - dad really but they’re probably millionaires in the pop business!!
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