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Post by big ed May 5th 2012, 1:59 pm

Wenford Bridge Pottery. Started By Michael Cardew .


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Post by skipposal March 8th 2013, 8:24 pm

I have a three Wenford Bridge pieces in my collection to share with you all. The first is by the founder Michael Cardew, a simple slip painted earthenware beaker, it has a major hairline hence I could afford (just) to buy it off Paul Rice. 9.3cm (height)

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The second is a lovely tenmoku-glazed earthenware shallow bowl with just the Wenford Bridge mark. It really reminds me of Svend Bayer's current work, so it's no surprise to learn that he worked there with Cardew 1969-73. 4cm (height) 9.4cm (diameter)

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Finally are rather fine teapot by Michael's son Seth. The Cardew 'birds' are well-known, inside is a little painted fish, very comical. Damaged and well-used but I love it to bits. 17.9cm (height).

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Post by mowen March 8th 2013, 9:19 pm

The beaker and the teapot are delicious! Love the bird (and the fish) I will certainly be looking out for a piece with a bird on it :) x x
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Post by skipposal March 9th 2013, 8:48 am

It's lovely isn't it? They had a giant one painted on the outside of the pottery if I remember rightly
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Post by big ed May 5th 2013, 4:18 pm

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I'm sure this was talked about before ..........I cannot remember , what does the lettering stand for under the wenford mark looks like S O ? , It's an Ara Cardew piece mark on right .
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Post by studio-pots May 5th 2013, 5:32 pm

Can't say that I've seen the mark before so this is a guess - might it be 50 therefore used in 1989 to celebrate 50 years of the pottery?

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Post by big ed May 5th 2013, 6:12 pm

Ah! never thought of that , thanks John , I'll try have a look into it , sounds like a good guess to me , cheers , Ed Happy
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Post by Davee November 5th 2013, 8:29 pm

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Post by skipposal November 8th 2013, 6:10 pm

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Knew I'd had an Ara Cardew at one time - little bud vase
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Post by denbydump June 2nd 2014, 2:39 pm

Hi, Can anyone shed any light on this Wenford potters mark?
I've drawn a blank so far.

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Post by NaomiM June 2nd 2014, 8:20 pm

That is a mystery. Miranda Thomas, maybe?

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Post by studio-pots June 2nd 2014, 9:07 pm

Could well be. She now works in Vermont, USA. and I think it ought to be worth trying to contacting her via an email at

info@shackletonthomas.com

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Post by NaomiM June 2nd 2014, 9:21 pm

It's not her current mark, but it might have been one she used at Wenford.

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Post by denbydump July 6th 2014, 2:14 pm

A small Ara Cardew jug, with original paper label.
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Post by PottyWendy August 22nd 2014, 8:53 pm

Yes, that is Miranda Thomas' mark at Wenford
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Post by RoyJ99 September 7th 2014, 2:11 pm

Very interesting Wenford piece, lots of contrasting textures. Unsure of mark, possibly Sven Bayer.

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Post by studio-pots September 7th 2014, 4:04 pm

Doesn't look like SB that would have been on some of Svend's pots that he made at Wenford.

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Post by RoyJ99 September 7th 2014, 4:37 pm

Should also say that initially I thought the mark was a solitary T
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Post by PottyWendy September 7th 2014, 6:52 pm

Looks like Todd Piker's mark to me
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Post by studio-pots September 7th 2014, 7:44 pm

It should be a T with the vertical of the T the vertical of a P if it is.

I think he was an apprentice at Wenford at the same time as Svend and Svend helped him set up his pottery back in the States after they both had left Wenford.

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Post by PottyWendy September 8th 2014, 1:31 am

Sorry for slow reply. It is hard to see your mark properly so perhaps best if you look here and see which mark looks most like. Tom Roberts and Todd Piker's marks are very similar actually. This is a page of some of the marks of other people who worked, trained or made pots occasionally at Wenford. It is not complete- I have lots of lists of trainees but not photos of all their marks- Here are quite a few though-  Wenford marks
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Post by Potty September 8th 2014, 1:39 am

Todd Piker looks spot on Most Excellent

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Post by wildmantel December 27th 2016, 12:11 am

A recent purchase but sadly no potters mark/stamp

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Post by MCWebs November 14th 2018, 4:13 pm

Unfortunately only the Wenford Bridge Mark but the style/pattern is very Cardew/Kwali could anyone shed further light on who it is likely to be...

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I wish there were more marks!
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