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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

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“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

by 22 Crawford St. Today at 4:52 pm

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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Post by philpot August 17th 2020, 1:19 pm

2006 at Mallams was his final retirement auction. Just as well you did not make it. All the auction records for Alan Caiger Smith was made at that auction.
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Post by NaomiM September 3rd 2020, 2:41 am

Jam pot. Probably by David Tipler


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Post by Essenjay September 18th 2020, 11:28 am

Aldermaston lidded jam pot with a signature that I can't see on the decorators list. Initials look like ABH so could it be Anne Blakiston-Houston, 1961-2? I can't find any examples of her mark to compare. Additionally anyone know what the smaller  'a' shaped mark with a dot is?

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Post by denbydump September 18th 2020, 3:01 pm

By Andrew Hazelden.
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Post by Essenjay September 18th 2020, 7:17 pm

Thanks, J. The extra line across the bottom of the mark threw me.
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Post by fridolina September 25th 2020, 7:43 pm

A jam pot unfortunately with no lid.
Should I have bought it?

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Post by denbydump September 25th 2020, 8:12 pm

You could always call it a brush pot!

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Post by fridolina September 25th 2020, 8:30 pm

denbydump wrote:You could always call it a brush pot!
True. Good idea! 😆
It’s in a dark corner of the local “vintage emporium” misrepresented as “jersey?” so most likely it’s still there.
I’ll think about it...
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Post by philpot September 26th 2020, 8:10 am

There is still a lot of Aldermaston pottery around. A team of up to 8 potters over more than 30 years produced a lot of pottery. There are 48 pieces on Ebay at the moment. A pot without a lid is probably a buy you will regret.....we have all done it!
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Post by fridolina September 30th 2020, 11:08 am

Sensible. Thanks for the advice. aldermaston - Aldermaston Pottery - Page 10 910958
I didn’t buy it after all.
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Post by philpot January 24th 2021, 7:12 am



This is a gem. A Flog It in Fill piece with Alan Caiger Smith in full flow in the pottery. The glimpse of the reference collection upstairs is fascinating.
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Post by philpot January 24th 2021, 7:19 am



A clip from the Michael Casson BBC series with Alan Caiger Smith discussing his pots. This is over 50 years old.
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Post by philpot January 24th 2021, 7:24 am



A second clip from Michael Casson's ART OF the potter BBC film. This one with Alan Caiger Smith doing Calligraphic decoration
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Post by philpot January 24th 2021, 11:07 am

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From the catalogue of Alan Caiger Smith's end of career sale Mallam's 2007
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