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Post by Potty on January 18th 2013, 12:21 pm

studio-pots wrote:Just to confuses matters - a Guernsey Pottery vase in black!




I quite like the form, but overall I rather their "tourist tat" geek

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Post by dantheman on January 18th 2013, 12:21 pm

I used to buy Guernsey 5 or 6 years ago and could spot it from 50 yards,after that I moved on the Chelsea which I found slightly less easy to spot but I would never confuse the two as the glazes are so different

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by Potty on January 18th 2013, 12:29 pm

dantheman wrote:I used to buy Guernsey 5 or 6 years ago and could spot it from 50 yards,after that I moved on the Chelsea which I found slightly less easy to spot but I would never confuse the two as the glazes are so different

What's your opinion on Naomi's dish Dan?

I prefer Chelsea generally, just because their designs are generally birds/animals and often comical.

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by studio-pots on January 18th 2013, 12:30 pm

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studio-pots wrote:Just to confuses matters - a Guernsey Pottery vase in black!




I quite like the form, but overall I rather their "tourist tat" geek

It is very Anglo-Oriental in shape and the explanation may or may not be due to the following reference I found regarding an ex-Leach Pottery potter, Michael Cartwright.

Around 1980 he found " a position in the Channel Islands at the Guernsey Pottery, where he had the task of training a team of proficient throwers and to switch production from slip cast to thrown ware, and redesigning a stoneware and earthenware range."

Differences over the years might be explained by different people running the pottery.

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on January 18th 2013, 12:38 pm

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NaomiM wrote:The other one it's similar to is Wellhouse pottery Paignton, Devon. The Guernsey cat dish I picked up at Woking recently I thought was Wellhouse. The dealer had id-ed it as Guernsey despite it not having a mark, and he's a fellow collector so I've no reason to doubt him, but...

I have doubts about your cat dish being Guernsey too Excellent Does he specifically collect Guernsey pottery? As most dealers at fairs seem to just write names on stickers to help sell their unknown pots... Laughter

It's a very nice design though, I'd have been very tempted myself Happy


He and his wife collect studio pottery and sell their surplus stuff when they need the room. I'm sure I've seen the cat design before, though, and not necessarily attributed to Guernsey.

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by Potty on January 18th 2013, 12:51 pm

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He and his wife collect studio pottery and sell their surplus stuff when they need the room. I'm sure I've seen the cat design before, though, and not necessarily attributed to Guernsey.

I think a few pottery's have done quite similar cat designs.

Having looked up slab built Guernsey pieces on ebay, looks like they are right anyway, though I would have expected it to be signed.



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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on January 18th 2013, 1:07 pm

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He and his wife collect studio pottery and sell their surplus stuff when they need the room. I'm sure I've seen the cat design before, though, and not necessarily attributed to Guernsey.

I think a few pottery's have done quite similar cat designs.

Having looked up slab built Guernsey pieces on ebay, looks like they are right anyway, though I would have expected it to be signed.




Seen a few now with that colour glaze, and there's currently a signed Guernsey Pottery dish with a fox design on ebay that has exactly the same back as mine, so feeling more confident about the attribution.

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by dantheman on January 18th 2013, 1:22 pm

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dantheman wrote:I used to buy Guernsey 5 or 6 years ago and could spot it from 50 yards,after that I moved on the Chelsea which I found slightly less easy to spot but I would never confuse the two as the glazes are so different

What's your opinion on Naomi's dish Dan?

I prefer Chelsea generally, just because their designs are generally birds/animals and often comical.

I think it was probably made in Devon

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on January 18th 2013, 1:30 pm

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Potty wrote:
dantheman wrote:I used to buy Guernsey 5 or 6 years ago and could spot it from 50 yards,after that I moved on the Chelsea which I found slightly less easy to spot but I would never confuse the two as the glazes are so different

What's your opinion on Naomi's dish Dan?

I prefer Chelsea generally, just because their designs are generally birds/animals and often comical.

I think it was probably made in Devon

D'oh. Happy

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by dantheman on January 18th 2013, 1:39 pm

I have seen lots of bowls with the same underbelly and glaze,I was at that time trying to work out the differences between Wellhouse and similar pottery made in the same county

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on March 18th 2013, 10:46 pm

Spotted this Guernsey prawn dish in one of the local charity shops. Not to my taste. Cheeky




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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on March 31st 2013, 4:13 pm

Guernsey hand bell (decoration/glaze reminds me of Chelsea Pottery).
Stamped Guernsey Pottery inside.


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Guernsey Pottery cat dish

Post by Sara B on March 29th 2016, 2:21 pm


This is a dark brown glaze on a heavy terracotta base with a cream design. It is about 5 " x 11.5 ". On the bottom is written "Guernsey Pottery" and then the initials DC, intertwined. It does have a chip in the bottom left corner. It is a bit off the wall but I really like it. Found this morning in local charity shop for 1.50. I can't find much about the pottery on the web and would be interested in any responses.
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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by Sara B on March 29th 2016, 3:04 pm

Oh yes, for sure! Many thanks. I had looked at that earlier on and am interested that they make such a range of items.
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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by studio-pots on March 29th 2016, 3:07 pm

Welcome to the Forum, Sara. If possible, it would be good to see a picture of the base.

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Post by Sara B on March 29th 2016, 3:14 pm

I had a bit of trouble uploading that image but I will give it a go!
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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by studio-pots on March 29th 2016, 3:22 pm

Practice makes perfect. Cheeky

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by Sara B on March 29th 2016, 3:59 pm

Goodness me. That took a while. Here is my cat's bottom, so to speak...
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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on March 29th 2016, 9:02 pm

Looks right to me. All the ones I've seen have either been signed like this or stamped Guernsey Pottery

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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by studio-pots on March 29th 2016, 9:16 pm

I think this Forum has more information than anywhere but there is a lack of names of potters, who worked there.

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SLIPWARE PLATE - possibly Guernsey Pottery

Post by olipayton on November 25th 2017, 12:21 pm

Hi everyone. I picked this up the other day a nice dish with a fish design. The back is quite distinctive as it red clay over painted in brown. We are pretty sure the lower word is POTTERY - any direction signals would be appreciated


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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by NaomiM on November 25th 2017, 3:09 pm

I think it's either Guernsey or Nairn Pottery. They have very similar backs etc. - edited to say I think it's Guernsey because of a similar dish with a lobster


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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by bluenote on November 26th 2017, 3:16 pm

Have you tried pressing blue tac into the impressed mark to see if it comes out any clearer on the blue tac
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Re: Guernsey Pottery (Channel Islands)

Post by olipayton on November 26th 2017, 6:21 pm

Hi Thank you for your replies, the mark is pretty well obscured but I did think it began with a G.
Being a novice to this very enjoyable and equally frustrating game of hide the pottery, I had nt come across this type of Guernsey ware before. I associated the island with pottery cows and butter dishes!
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