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Post by dantheman April 5th 2017, 9:40 pm

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Post by philpot August 7th 2017, 8:46 am

The attraction of Derek Davis's work is that it is so difficult to obtain. Where did you get all those from Dan? The pleasure is all the more exciting when you get one. Had this red trumpet vase for over 20 years, and Still have not seen much better in his work.Derek Davis - Page 2 Img_4215


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Post by philpot August 7th 2017, 8:49 am

His blues can come in many shades. 8 inch bowlDerek Davis - Page 2 Img_4216
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Post by philpot August 7th 2017, 8:50 am

8 inch narrow aperture vase which is another of our favourites.Derek Davis - Page 2 Img_4217
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Post by philpot August 7th 2017, 8:53 am

12 inch bowl.Derek Davis - Page 2 Img_4218
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Post by dantheman August 7th 2017, 10:51 am

I have been buying his work where ever it turns up for sale in auction for around 10 years Phil although  my first piece was picked up at a village fair for 50p and my blue glazed bowl was bought at an antiques fair
My biggest find was the three lamps that were all in one lot at auction, the auctioneer lives down the road from me so free delivery was included!!

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Post by NaomiM November 13th 2017, 9:24 pm

Well I wasn't expecting this to be by Derek Davis

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Post by philpot August 27th 2018, 1:16 pm

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An early bowl from 1965, quite near the start of his potting career,
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Post by philpot August 27th 2018, 5:04 pm

Interestingly enough I have put this one up on you know where, and got a message from his son Josse saying the date was right, and that he started potting seriously in 62/63. Mind you, it is also marked 19651
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Post by NaomiM October 20th 2018, 9:12 pm

9.5cm high x 6cm diameter

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Post by dantheman November 18th 2018, 5:25 pm

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12cm height, 11cm width

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Post by dantheman December 30th 2018, 1:08 pm

This is the first large piece I have seen at 9 inches tall

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Post by Josse March 28th 2019, 9:46 am

Hello, Derek's son Josse here. Yes the piece in the photo above this is a Derek Davis. Just joined the forum to say that whoever wrote "didn't really exhibit widely, at least in his later years, and would probably have preferred to have been remembered as a painter. I'm certain that he wasn't as prolific a potter as, say, Lucie Rie or David Leach." was wrong. He potted for some 50 years  around 6 to 7 days a week often up firing the kiln all night. Especially his sump oil kiln.
There is a book out on his Pots and Paintings.
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Post by dantheman March 28th 2019, 10:00 am

Hi Josse,
It's very exciting that you have joined the forum.
Your father is one of my favorite potters and I would love to see any pics you have of his work.
I have found very little info online about Derek so would love to hear more about him and his long career

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Post by NaomiM March 28th 2019, 10:27 am

Many thanks for the info, Josse. I’ve added the info about the Bellmans auction to our Markets and Fairs etc forum and I’ll edit your post above as this thread concentrates on your father’s work

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Post by Josse March 28th 2019, 3:10 pm

Thank you for getting back so soon. Mum recently passed away and now I've moved back to the family house and back throwing in the studio Derek taught me back in around 1964. If anyone is interested I have copies of his book Derek Davis Painter Potter. New to this, how do I insert an image?
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Post by dantheman March 28th 2019, 3:36 pm

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t20513-how-to-upload-your-photos

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Post by Josse March 28th 2019, 8:41 pm

Thanks for that. Now I can treat you to the first glimpse of a 1959 stoneware kiln opening. This is how ahead of the pottery market he was. Nobody else was making anything like this at that time. I still have the pieces, and they are big!Derek Davis - Page 2 Img_2710

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Post by dantheman March 28th 2019, 9:46 pm

Holy Crap! I had no idea Derek made sculptural work on that scale!!

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Post by Josse March 29th 2019, 12:03 am

Trained under a variety of artist tutors doing the rounds of London in the late 1940s early 50s amongst them, Frank Dobson the sculptor. He taught Derek mould making. These pieces are slip cast and at that time galleries hadn't ever seen studio slip cast work. They wouldn't touch it. He was twenty years too early! We had to wait until the likes of Richard Slee and the slip cast revolution happened in the 1970s. By that time Derek had moved on and on. He never stopped exploring for a second.
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Post by dantheman March 29th 2019, 8:46 am

may we see modern pics of them? Were they glazed?

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Post by Josse March 29th 2019, 9:42 pm

Better photos are in the book but here's a few I have on my computer. Top photo Slip decorated with earthenware glaze, late 1950s for Heals. Middle photo, tin glaze inside and rubbed iron exterior, 1959. Bottom photo with slab form early 1960s, a worm plaque mid 1960s and coffee beaker and saucer also mid 1960s (sold at Liberties.)

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Post by NaomiM April 5th 2019, 2:56 am

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