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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by denbydump on Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:21 pm

I guessed so too Davee, I have a couple of other unmarked terracotta pieces that
have similar decoration, and are probably from the same period.
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Ray Finch Marked Winchcombe 25cm Fruit Bowl

Post by stardust* on Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:28 pm

I have this large Winchcombe bowl, about 25cm wide, which I have been told is by Ray Finch himself. The WP mark has a dot and is very angular. is this Ray Finch 1970's?
Also does anyone know why it has a split, would this be a mistake in production, would it affect the way the bowl is valued as a piece?
Sorry about the fuzzy stuff, it had a piece of felt firmly glued to the base when I bought it, and the glue is very stubborn to get off!





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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:48 pm

I was told that Winchcombe pieces marked with a dot where by Ray Finch himself
As for the crack, looks like a firing crack. May have been sold as s second or taken home by an assistant.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:53 pm

It's Ray's personal mark from the early 1970s.

The firing crack seems to have occurred in the biscuit firing i.e. before glazing. I suspect it was a faint hairline that wasn't noticed and it was glazed and then opened wider to be filled with glaze during the glaze firing.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by stardust* on Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:25 pm

Thought it might be 70's, thanks for that and also for explaining the crack, I can see where the glaze has sunk in now.
Still...all part of the history behind my fruit bowl. (I don't really use it..it's displayed safely on a shelf)
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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:51 am

Mug. Unmarked but distinctive Ray Finch handle.






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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by lindylou08 on Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:04 am

Hi
Assuming this is a piece of Winchcombe is it possible to identify the potter - maybe from the decoration? Grateful as ever for any thoughts


 

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:51 pm

It's not possible to say who the potter was, as the workforce made a number of different ranges of functional ware with specific glazes and decoration as required.

Maybe the person who made this item could or someone else working there at the time, as the wavy lines look weakly executed.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Sun May 08, 2016 9:24 am

Here's a jug with the familiar mark... Is there any way to date it?
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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Sun May 08, 2016 9:25 am

Here's a coffee pot which may be Winchcombe, but it doesn't have a mark.

What do the experts think?

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Sun May 08, 2016 11:33 am

The "updated" WP on the jug was I believe first used in 1978 but is still used.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Sun May 08, 2016 12:18 pm

cycladelic wrote:Here's a coffee pot which may be Winchcombe, but it doesn't have a mark.

What do the experts think?


This is a Winchcombe coffee pot.


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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Sun May 08, 2016 12:52 pm

Looks right to me. Base photo important too

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Sun May 08, 2016 1:00 pm

The pouring lip on the Ray Finch coffee pot that I photographed is typical of much of Winchcombe's production of jugs/ lidded pouring vessels.................. but I found a picture of a coffee pot made by Ray in 1979 with a spout like yours, cycladelic.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Sun May 08, 2016 1:32 pm

Thanks, SP... it is quite a fancy spout and the pot is very well made, which made me think it was one of Ray Finch's.
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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Mon May 09, 2016 8:01 am

Here are some close-ups of the coffeepot...
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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by NaomiM on Mon May 09, 2016 12:57 pm

Unusual colour for Winchcombe? I'm more used to seeing this glaze on Aylesford Pottery but I dont think they did this shape

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by cycladelic on Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:21 am

I think this 11cm bottle vase by Anne Whittlesey is from 2005...

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by denbydump on Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:30 pm

A pretty 2.5 inch miniature pot. A tiny mark, but alas no dot!



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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:00 pm

Ray didn't use a dot to signify that it had been made by him on earthenware. He used other marks and then from 1954/5 none until the end of the earthenware period ........... so it could possibly be by Ray.

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by denbydump on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:00 pm

Thanks SP, I didn't realise that, and yes, all my other terracotta pieces have the RF mark.
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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by denbydump on Sat Aug 06, 2016 11:50 am

Stoneware vase with wax-resist decoration, a bit different.





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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by 22 Crawford St. on Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:56 pm

The finger marks on the Tustin do it for me!  

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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by lindylou08 on Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:53 pm

Firstly apologies for awful photo

Having read the information on Winchcombe on here and elsewhere I gather that this is pre c 1963 . It has signs of having been used for what was intended - cooking, as base has signs of burning.
BUT is it attributable to anyone ie Finch or Cardew. Could it just be standardware of the time. I found a very similar one on Google images, stating it is by Cardew but no mention as to how that conclusion was reached.

As ever I would be grateful for any thoughts





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Re: Winchcombe Pottery

Post by studio-pots on Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:06 pm

It is a fairly straightforward traditional style of slip decoration that was used at Winchcombe over a long period.

In my opinion the decoration is a little stilted to be by Cardew and think the decoration was used more in the 1950s, so after he left Winchcombe.

To me it could possibly be by Ray Finch but equally by someone else and even if decorated by Ray it wasn't a "special" piece but just part of the regular production run.

Although people will attribute items such as this to make them more desirable, I think the honest answer is that it's a typical example of Winchcombe slipware. That ought to be enough to make it desirable in any case. It's a good honest dish.


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