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Post by big ed on July 20th 2010, 10:21 am

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Post by big ed on July 20th 2010, 10:22 am

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Post by big ed on July 22nd 2010, 11:50 am

Carolyn Preston wrote:Was he eating watermelon when he was hit by the muse?

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Actually It's very possible , most of his pieces are taken from nature or surroundings , He told me in an Email, when he was younger he used to walk past a canal and noticed the hitching posts had grooves worn out on them from the constant use , this inspired some pieces he made , so maybe a melon segment is correct , face on it looks like an egyptian neck thingy ,wajmacallit.
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Post by big ed on September 20th 2010, 3:00 pm

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The latest addition to my little wallwork collection
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Post by big ed on September 20th 2010, 3:01 pm

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slight blue tints in this glaze
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Post by big ed on September 20th 2010, 3:04 pm

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small pools of glaze in the centre
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Post by big ed on September 20th 2010, 8:01 pm

http://www.oxfordceramics.com/artists/alan-wallwork?section=stock

m, check out these , I like the relic form
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Post by dantheman on October 23rd 2010, 2:28 pm

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I just got this thin slice of melon, the holes go right the way through which adds to the look of the piece imo

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Post by big ed on February 1st 2011, 10:20 am

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5" High , signed AW
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Post by dantheman on February 2nd 2011, 9:33 pm

6 inch Briglin tile

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Post by studio-pots on February 17th 2011, 10:41 pm

It is a Wallwork tile but why the "Briglin"? They were made by Alan and his assistants first in Greenwich and then down in Marnhull in Dorset into the 1970s.

Being in London, Alan and Eileen/Brigitte at Briglin did sell each others work but that was about the only connection. As an aside, Alan was the proud owner of a Briglin toilet roll holder that was modelled on rather oversized "gentleman's tackle" - sorry but I don't have an image!

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Post by big ed on February 18th 2011, 10:16 am

That is the connection , they were sold through briglin pottery showrooms , it was just an added bit of info , like bitossi for raymor etc.
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Post by dantheman on February 18th 2011, 10:49 am

thanks chaps,I thought my tile was made at Briglin Embarrassed

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Post by studio-pots on February 18th 2011, 12:07 pm

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A real Wallwork image - the man working in France in 2006. You will note that he is throwing on the wheel and, despite what the finished pots look like, the vast majority of them start out that way. After throwing they are cut and reassembled and them decorated by scratching, incising and piercing.
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Post by studio-pots on February 18th 2011, 11:16 pm

The melon forms are slab built. He would take a lump of clay and roll it into a ball then cut in half. Each half would be flattened by hand and then finished in an old fashioned mangle. He would cut the crescent shapes by hand and when semi-hard pierce and otherwise distress.

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Post by studio-pots on February 18th 2011, 11:22 pm

The tiles were actual blanks bought from commerical tile producers, such as Pilkington and Johnson. Alan produced the original designs and his team of ladies decorated in a manner similar to icing and decorating a cake.

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Post by studio-pots on February 18th 2011, 11:42 pm

I have a few bits around the house and in the garden. I'll try and dig a large piece out of the cellar and take a photograph but in the meantime here is a group of late 1950s/early 1960s pieces.

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Post by studio-pots on February 19th 2011, 12:43 pm

A picture of the tiles being decorated at Alan's pottery in Marnhull in 1970.

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Post by studio-pots on February 20th 2011, 1:51 pm

dantheman wrote:the big bowl looks interesting,did he use oxides?

Yes he has always mixed glazes using oxides and wood ash and below is a pot from his first year in France (2006) when the intense light made much of his work more colourful.

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Post by dantheman on February 20th 2011, 2:41 pm

the colour detracts from the design in my opinion,it is an organic design that requires natural colour

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Post by studio-pots on February 20th 2011, 10:06 pm

Alan W. agreed with you and toned it down after that.

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