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Post by philpot May 16th 2019, 9:08 am

Andrew Hazelden is definitely one of the more interesting and long lasting potters that practiced at Aldermaston. He is probably the only potter left still making in such a strongly Aldermaston style. As his show page at his present Yarnton pottery illustrates.
http://www.yarntonpottery.net/shop

He started worked at Aldermaston in 1984. He was one of the people who carried on as a self employed potter at the site after the Aldermaston pottery as such closed in 1994. In fact he worked there right up until the premises finally shut in 2006. It is quite noticeable how many of the lustre pieces that Alan Caiger Smith made post 1994, also bear Andrew Hazelden's initials as a contributor the the making of those pieces.
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Post by NaomiM May 16th 2019, 10:45 am

I hear he’s recently retired, or semi retired. I don’t know if potters ever fully retire if they can still throw a pot.

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Post by philpot May 16th 2019, 7:08 pm

There is an huge long list of studio potter who never really 'retired'. They just did less. Which comes top of all the best advice for a long life. Keep yourself occupied, in an environment and atmosphere that you enjoy.
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Post by NaomiM May 23rd 2019, 9:35 pm

Just posting this here as an example of Nick Caiger-Smith’s N mark. He returned to potting in the late 90s and is still making Aldermaston style lustre ware at The Ridings, New Road Hill, Reading, Berks

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Post by denbydump July 3rd 2019, 5:31 pm

A fairly plain Hazelden bowl, but never seen the gold sricker before.

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Post by NaomiM July 3rd 2019, 6:32 pm

Maybe because Alan Caiger Smith ceased taking on assistants in 1993, so it became a co-operative with the established potters still there?

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Post by NaomiM August 3rd 2019, 2:16 am

I believe this is by David Tipler. The Pre-decimal price on the base would fit with his dates

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Post by P C October 4th 2019, 7:57 am

Hello.

I have a bowl by the Studio Potter Alan Caiger-Smith.

His makers marks are slightly complicated on this bowl.
His signature is clear and I think the year mark is 1995.
Could anyone please help with the other marks?
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I am not sure if you will be able to see the photo I have tried to attach.
If not this is a waisted post, sorry.

Thank you for reading this.

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Post by NaomiM October 4th 2019, 10:24 am

It could be 1974 or 1995, I think the earlier mark matches the circular Made in England stamp

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t3346-aldermaston-pottery

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Post by philpot October 4th 2019, 6:01 pm

The other marks apart- from the year marks, signature and pottery marks (which they tended to use on earlier pieces)- are glaze codes for lustre glazes used. They were virtually re-inventing a lot of the lustre glazes used, and were experimenting with many different lustre glazes which they needed a clear record for. Lustre glazing being a very haphazard and difficult process.
It would be nice to see if it is a lustre piece!
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Post by philpot October 8th 2019, 8:51 pm

You might well find this book useful.
https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&an=&tn=alan+caiger+smith&kn=&isbn=
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Post by NaomiM November 4th 2019, 8:50 pm

I think it’s David Tipler’s mark. He was apprenticed and then employed at Aldermaston from 1961-75

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Post by denbydump November 4th 2019, 10:27 pm

Agreed on David Tipler
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Post by philpot February 22nd 2020, 4:09 pm

Sadly Alan Caiger Smith died on February 21 2020. He was 90 years old. The owner and inspiration of Aldermaston Pottery. One of the truly Great Potters of the golden age of studio pottery.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. February 22nd 2020, 6:52 pm

His inspiration spread far and wide I love drinking from his beautiful goblets.
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Post by philpot March 19th 2020, 7:08 am

A fine obituary in the GUARDIAN. Informative as well.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/mar/18/alan-caiger-smith-obituary?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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Post by 22 Crawford St. March 19th 2020, 4:09 pm

I'll repost this painting of Alan that hangs in the permanent Aldermaston gallery in Reading Town Hall Museum (free).

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Post by philpot March 19th 2020, 4:22 pm

I would love to see the Caiger Smith collection in Reading. Was not most of it based on the accumulation of one the major collectors of his work?
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Post by 22 Crawford St. March 19th 2020, 4:52 pm

Yeah

Here is my old photo set

http://www.briglin.com/exhibition-reading-museum-aldermaston-pottery

“From the 1960s Reading Museum collected Aldermaston pottery, and in 1999 it was given an extraordinary lustreware collection by David Castillejo, a major patron of Caiger-Smith. The potter subsequently gave the Museum a range of non-lustre pots from his own collection and the Reading Foundation for Art and the Friends of Reading Museums acquired further complementary pieces. These contemporary pots complement the Museum’s other ceramic collections, such as the important early tin-glaze earthenware in the Blatch and Tufnell Collections which inspired Alan Caiger-Smith as a boy.”
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Post by philpot March 19th 2020, 6:41 pm

That is terrific!
Thanks.
The best selection of Alan Caiger Smith pottery I think I have ever seen is his 'retirement' sale at Mallams Oxford in 2006. Some beautiful work, with prices to match!
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Post by Grumpy Grandad March 19th 2020, 7:40 pm

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Yeah
Here is my old photo set
http://www.briglin.com/exhibition-reading-museum-aldermaston-pottery

There is some exquisite work there. The boar's head looks oddly out of place, though; it would be so much better hanging on my kitchen wall
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Post by 22 Crawford St. March 19th 2020, 7:45 pm

Ahh the boars head is from the infamous pub of the same name in the centre of Reading town that was the sort you wiped your feet on the way out. I last saw that twenty years ago hanging over the entrance. it's made of concrete I think

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/berkshire/reading_boarshead.html
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Post by philpot August 8th 2020, 12:22 pm

https://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/blog/alan-caiger-smith-international-potter-local-hero

Very interesting article/blog from Reading Museum on Alan Caiger Smith the potter, and his long relationship with the Museum. Lovely photos and link to a film.
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Post by RVsaid August 16th 2020, 9:07 am

1963 right?

Nice piece, may be a keeper, some 25 cm across.

Man I remember finding Aldermaston pieces all the time whilst living in Reading, just do not find that many pieces by Alan any more. If you have not already and when things improve, you must check out his exhibit at the Reading Museum. I missed the auctioning off of the pieces from his studio but I believe that is where the museum gained a lot of the larger pieces from and well worth a visit.
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