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Post by big ed on Sat May 05, 2012 1:59 pm

Started By Michael Cardew .
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Post by big ed on Sat May 05, 2012 2:01 pm

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Post by skipposal on Fri Mar 08, 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 on Fri Mar 08, 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 on Sat Mar 09, 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 Davee on Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:29 pm

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Post by skipposal on Fri Nov 08, 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 on Mon Jun 02, 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 on Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:20 pm

That is a mystery. Miranda Thomas, maybe?

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Post by studio-pots on Mon Jun 02, 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 on Mon Jun 02, 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 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:14 pm

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

Yes, that is Miranda Thomas' mark at Wenford
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Post by denbydump on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:17 pm

Thanks Wendy.
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Post by RoyJ99 on Sun Sep 07, 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 on Sun Sep 07, 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 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:34 pm

Only reason I mention Svend was that I have been unable to find anything resembling the mark so far and was considering it could possibly be a very poorly impressed version of this mark

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Totally clutching at straws I know but this one has me somewhat stumped.
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Post by RoyJ99 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:37 pm

Should also say that initially I thought the mark was a solitary T
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Post by studio-pots on Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:17 pm

It looks like a T but something else- any suggestions?

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Post by PottyWendy on Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:52 pm

Looks like Todd Piker's mark to me
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Post by RoyJ99 on Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:33 pm

Do you have any images or links to his mark Wendy? Was he associated with Wenford Bridge? Thanks.
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Post by studio-pots on Sun Sep 07, 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 RoyJ99 on Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:18 am

I think Wendy may be correct. The large drip form the glaze is concealing some of the mark I think. Thank you everyone.
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Post by PottyWendy on Mon Sep 08, 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 on Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:39 am

Todd Piker looks spot on Most Excellent

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