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Post by dantheman on Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:25 pm

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12cm height, 11cm width

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Post by dantheman on Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:08 pm

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

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Many thanks to James Miles for the images

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Post by Josse on Thu Mar 28, 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 on Thu Mar 28, 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 on Thu Mar 28, 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 on Thu Mar 28, 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 on Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:36 pm

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

we don't allow adverts on the forum but I sent you a private message

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Post by Josse on Thu Mar 28, 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 3 Img_2710

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Post by dantheman on Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:46 pm

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

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Post by Josse on Fri Mar 29, 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 on Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:46 am

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

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Post by Josse on Fri Mar 29, 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 on Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:56 am

A reminder to members that we are a non-commercial site and links/posts to sales sites will be deleted.

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