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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 2nd 2023, 10:57 pm

Can anyone Identify this teapot please?

It did give me Abuja pottery vibes. After some research I'm stumped again.
It doesn't bare a stamp.. but has a painted 'C' on the base..?
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Post by NaomiM August 3rd 2023, 12:41 am

Abuja pottery has a particular style of base which I’m not seeing here. I don’t recognise it.

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Post by studio-pots August 5th 2023, 12:20 am

It is not the correct clay body for Abuja and the throwing style and foot tell me that there is no connection whatsoever with Michael Cardew or any of the potteries that he was involved with.

I can't see any painted mark "C" or otherwise on the base.


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Post by philpot August 5th 2023, 9:17 am

Abuja was a Nigerian pottery. I doubt if they made many tea pots . With that spout I doubt if it was a good pourer The bamboo handle is rather reminds one of the boom time of studio pottery in the early 70's. The baby boomer generation seeking alternate lifestyles, and a lot of very young competent potters who did not finally find a long term career in studio pottery.
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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 5th 2023, 10:28 pm

studio-pots wrote:It is not the correct clay body for Abuja and the throwing style and foot tell me that there is no connection whatsoever with Michael Cardew or any of the potteries that he was involved with.

I can't any painted mark "C" or otherwise on the base.

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there's a glazed 'c' shape on the base.
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Post by NaomiM August 5th 2023, 10:34 pm

It’s not marked. The “C” is just a bit of glaze in the spiral left on the base. The base isn’t finished by a Leach trained potter so it might be a hobby potter or a foreign potter

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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 5th 2023, 10:37 pm

NaomiM wrote:It’s not marked. The “C” is just a bit of glaze in the spiral left on the base. The base isn’t finished by a Leach trained potter so it might be a hobby potter or a foreign potter

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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 5th 2023, 10:43 pm

philpot wrote:Abuja was a Nigerian pottery. I doubt if they made many tea pots . With that spout I doubt if it was a good pourer The bamboo handle is rather reminds one of the boom time of studio pottery in the early 70's. The baby boomer generation seeking alternate lifestyles, and a lot of very young competent potters who did not finally find a long term  career in  studio pottery.

Perhaps it was the markings which looked tribal/African in nature to me. I definalty didn't think it was Abuja.

And interesting.. my favourite type of artist is an unknown one sometimes.
Finding out can ruin the illusion and initial feeling towards it.
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Post by Potty August 5th 2023, 11:03 pm

I was told by a potter that they were taught to train by making teapots such as this, so that could be the case here.

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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 5th 2023, 11:32 pm

Potty wrote:I was told by a potter that they were taught to train by making teapots such as this, so that could be the case here.

I'm with you, that could explain why the spout doesn't quite sit right then.
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Post by studio-pots August 6th 2023, 12:03 am

Bernado Duckworthy wrote:
philpot wrote:Abuja was a Nigerian pottery. I doubt if they made many tea pots . With that spout I doubt if it was a good pourer The bamboo handle is rather reminds one of the boom time of studio pottery in the early 70's. The baby boomer generation seeking alternate lifestyles, and a lot of very young competent potters who did not finally find a long term  career in  studio pottery.

Perhaps it was the markings which looked tribal/African in nature to me. I definalty didn't think it was Abuja.

And interesting.. my favourite type of artist is an unknown one sometimes.
Finding out can ruin the illusion and initial feeling towards it.

The decoration/markings have nothing whatsoever to do with any part of Africa.

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Post by studio-pots August 6th 2023, 12:10 am

I would go with philpot's call. Made in the UK in the 1970s when stoneware pottery like this was fashionable and for a few years many people could make a decent living out of making functional pots.

My brother in law, who trained as a fine artist but then came upon pottery at Goldsmiths College when studying for a post-graduate teaching diploma, was one of them.

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Post by Bernado Duckworthy August 6th 2023, 1:51 am

studio-pots wrote:

The decoration/markings have nothing whatsoever to do with any part of Africa.

There are 2 animals depicted on the sides, you might not be able to see from the photos,
I don't think you need to deprive me in considering that style Tribal/African Ford goodness sakes.   Unmarked studio pottery teapot 1f606
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Post by NaomiM August 8th 2023, 1:22 pm

Off topic discussion moved to General Pottery Discussion forum

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