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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:02 pm

Jo started producing pottery commercially in London (1951) but moved to Freshwater after only 2 years to produce his better known IOW pottery.
Jo resisted growth,preferring to work with only a handfull of protégés including his offspring Joe and Renella


Via a pinterest board dedicated to Jo Lester's pin dishes and more.

Jo - IOW Jo Lester, born April 1912, was injured in the second world war and was unable to continue his normal work so he decided to earn a living from his hobby - potting. He started in London in 1951 and moved to Freshwater, Isle of Wight, two years later. His work is marked by his first name above the initials 'IOW' in an outline map of the Isle of Wight. Jo's work is typically hand thrown with a mixture of banding and sgraffito work - an instantly recognizable style adopted by most of his protégés - but he also used brushed decoration. Jo has not been active as a potter since the mid-1980s but is relaxing on the island with his long-term partner.



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a simple jug,including scrafitto decoration which became jo's trademark


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base of the above jug and the isle of wight stamp

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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:25 pm

I do like these kooky birds from the 50's

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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:31 pm


They are quite common but I still find them very amusing

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Post by dantheman on June 17th 2009, 3:34 pm

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Jo was not a trained potter but turned his hobby into a business after being injured in the 2nd world war,this isn't a bad effort for an amateur though!

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Post by Davee on August 4th 2009, 11:27 pm

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Post by hercules brabazon on August 8th 2009, 5:55 pm

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Early sgraffito mark.
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Post by hercules brabazon on September 8th 2009, 4:54 pm

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The larger vase is 27cm tall. And heavy.
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Post by dantheman on September 8th 2009, 5:44 pm

that's interesting,I didn't know the sgraffito mark signified an early piece




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Post by hercules brabazon on September 8th 2009, 6:01 pm

Well, that's according to the Yates-Owen /Fournier book , whose Jo Lester entry is especially confused....but it makes sense, the 2 or 3 pieces I've seen with this mark have had that graphic cleanly incised look.
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Post by Davee on May 3rd 2010, 11:14 pm

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Post by Oldmagpie on April 25th 2011, 11:15 am

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Post by Potty Primate on April 25th 2011, 11:25 am

There's a good precis for Jo here;
http://ww.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=353
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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 12:53 pm

I don't have these anymore but thought I'd post them here for reference.

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Post by dantheman on April 25th 2011, 3:06 pm

I love the dragon m,it's the first one i've seen

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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 3:12 pm

yes I think he's pretty unusual - beautifully done.
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Post by flying free on April 25th 2011, 6:29 pm

he was quite a large dish as well, not a pin dish, more like a large side plate size or a bit bigger I think.
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Post by climberg64 on February 22nd 2012, 10:09 pm

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This is an interesting anomaly.

Joe Lester 'borrowed' Mike Hendrick's Charmouth Pottery stamp for a while after setting up alone on the Isle of White. Joe worked with Mike for a while at the 'true' Charmouth Pottery.
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Post by NicolaP on February 23rd 2012, 4:02 am

I am crazy about Jo and have a dozen or so pieces. But am having trouble finding any to buy other than ebay. Does anyone have any suggestions where I would find them? I am really keen to get some bigger pieces but have never seen any jugs and sgrafitto vases higher than about 11cms? Are they rare? Also I note some of you have bigger seahorse dishes etc which again I havent yet come across. So where do you find them and what kind of price range do they go for - bigger or more unusual pieces. Is there someone who specialises or is just a case of keep watching ebay? I dont live in the UK.

I love the stuff and will acquire them anyway but do you think they will be come more collectible over time?

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Post by dantheman on February 23rd 2012, 12:12 pm

I think the rarer pieces might become prized collectables but the small tourist pieces with simple and mass produced designs will never be highly valued

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Post by vanmann on August 7th 2012, 4:42 pm

I think that this is a nice piece, fruit bowl, 9 1/2 inches x7 1/2 inches

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Post by Potty on November 23rd 2012, 6:47 pm

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A fairly simple design, but I think the character of this little owl has been captured brilliantly.

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