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Post by climberg64 on February 5th 2012, 8:33 pm

Small bud vase. This was David Leach and Colin Pearson.
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Post by climberg64 on February 5th 2012, 8:51 pm

Set up by David Leach and then managed by Colin Pearson, the Friary monks made most of the pots. Functional stoneware with a characteristic (sometimes lustred) wheatflour coloured glaze was made in large quantities in the 1960s. The Pathe film archive has a short film about the pottery.
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Post by studio-pots on February 6th 2012, 11:15 am

Although the original idea was for the monks to make most of the pots this never really happened and over the years the pottery seems to have been run by a series of trained potters, who have been assisted to some degree by a few of the monks.

Colin Pearson left the pottery to set up in Aylesford village in 1962 but production continues to this day, with the current incumbents not only running courses in pottery and selling finished wares but also supplying some of the young generation of "studio ceramists" with thrown blanks for them to decorate, fire and sell as all their own work!

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Post by climberg64 on February 6th 2012, 8:59 pm

Interesting.
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Coffee pot circa 1967. Lustre glaze only visible in daylight.
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Post by climberg64 on February 6th 2012, 9:00 pm

Tenmoku small casserole.
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Post by climberg64 on February 6th 2012, 9:01 pm

Enormous brutish water jug.
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 12th 2012, 5:18 pm

I found another small tenmoku caserole pot in a charity shop for £5. As the one posted above. These seem not to be treated with much reverence...so I was thinking of cooking some goulash in it this evening. It was only a fiver and a tiny bit of lamb cost that now so why not. Has anyone tried their favourite pot in the oven? Any disasters? I'm assuming it will be fine in the oven at 180? I know that my earthenware tagine gets soaked it in water before use; to stop it cracking, but this is stoneware and glazed inside, with thet hole to let steam out..... looks about enough for two...... so am I good to go?

135mm h x 165mm w

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on September 12th 2012, 7:59 pm

Reporting back.... 1:40 min at 160 c, no worries... it cooked really well. I checked before it went in and it holds two pints with a small gap at the top (15mm), sounds a lot but it's about right for two people. I stuck some peas in at the end and it overflowed through the top hole a little. It's really nice on the table still bubbling and the pot helps keep it warm for longer. Also when it's cool it can go into the fridge with any leftovers. I'll keep my eye open for another on ebay.. invest another £5

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Post by RVsaid on November 20th 2012, 9:25 am

Hi all

A really nice piece of Aylesford pottery here with an interesting addition of two dots which I can not find a reference for under Aylesford, David Leach or Colin Pearson. This jug is 6.5 inch tall and 7 inch wide inc handle & spout and has a 3 star shield on the front. Does anyone know what the two dots in the mark denotes?

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Post by studio-pots on November 20th 2012, 10:28 am

There isn't much documented information about Aylesford and its potters over the years but I think that it is an early (might even be the earliest) mark. Although you haven't shown the base it is red earthenware isn't it? The shield would I imagine been done for a specific commission.

Looking at the shape I wouldn't be surprise if David Leach had thrown it but it isn't really possible to give any firm attribution, as David is no longer around to give an opinion.

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Post by RVsaid on November 20th 2012, 10:51 am

Thanks very much and yes deep red colour to base. Bernard Leach used two dots after his LB mark sometime after 1921 till around 1940's I believe and it may have run over to David using them briefly - just a thought.
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Post by studio-pots on November 20th 2012, 11:06 am

At the time when David was at Aylesford and then starting his own pottery in Devon he and his father weren't on the best of terms so I think David would have avoided anything to do with his father.

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Post by NaomiM on April 14th 2013, 8:08 pm

Lidded pot

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Post by Potty on April 14th 2013, 9:25 pm

We have a large salt pig, it's kept on top of my wife's bureau bookcase (cabinet!).

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Post by NaomiM on April 14th 2013, 10:09 pm

DON'T look in the pots! Big Shock

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Post by skipposal on April 23rd 2013, 8:33 pm

Two Friars Pottery beakers I have. Think the shape is known as thistle? I've also seen Leach pottery beakers the same shape. 11.6cm (height)

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Post by NaomiM on May 25th 2013, 12:55 am

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Post by big ed on July 22nd 2013, 2:09 pm

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Post by NaomiM on July 22nd 2013, 3:26 pm

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Post by cookiepops on February 15th 2014, 2:49 pm

Just been ploughing through my book and poss 1950's Aylesford?  unless our Naomi knows otherwise lol

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Post by studio-pots on February 15th 2014, 4:05 pm

The early work from there was red earthenware and the mark looks right. You do see this type of thing being touted as being "early Aylesford by David Leach". David was there as a consultant early on and so it is possible that he could have made it but without his personal seal who can say. Colin Pearson would have been responsible for most of the output in those early days.

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Post by studio-pots on February 15th 2014, 4:24 pm

The decoration looks somewhat amateur, which might point to that having been done by one of the friars. The original idea was that the friars would take over the pottery completely but that never materialised.

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Post by NaomiM on May 22nd 2014, 5:54 pm

skipposal wrote:Two Friars Pottery beakers I have. Think the shape is known as thistle? I've also seen Leach pottery beakers the same shape. 11.6cm (height)

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Saw a larger version of these with a wavey rim earlier in the week (ie, a vase). Not an aesthetically pleasing design .

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Post by studio-pots on May 22nd 2014, 5:57 pm

Ursula Mommens made vase in a similar shape but perhaps more flared, as she said that it made arranging flowers in them so much easier that more usual shapes.

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Post by NaomiM on May 22nd 2014, 6:08 pm

Very pleased to have found this today, but did have to squint at it for a long time in the low light at the back of the charity shop before seeing the marks.

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