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Post by AlanH Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:40 pm

Information on the potteries where they worked, from the BSPM book:

1946-59 Ducketts Wood pottery (Hertfordshire).
1961-65 Greenwich studios (London). Sheila was potting from 1961.
1966-71 Castle hill cottages (Kent).
1971-87 Lacock pottery (Wiltshire).


When they ceased potting in 1987, The Lacock pottery was taken over by David & Simone McDowell.

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t30640-david-and-simone-mcdowell-poulshot-pottery-and-lacock-pottery

More information on Sheila Fournier, and examples of her work are here:

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t30650-sheila-fournier
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Just picked up 8 plates, 9 cups & 4 bowls of domestic ware made by Robert & Sheila Fournier.
Pottery Marks book shows these as made between 1961 & 1966.
Going to use them (as intended by makers)!
Alan.

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Post by dantheman Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:43 pm

well done Alan,I get more pleasure from the studio that I use everyday than I do from my cabinet pieces

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Post by bistoboy Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:43 pm

nice.

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Post by AlanH Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:48 pm

Yes, paid £5 for the lot!
However, I sometimes pay more than asking price.
I think I would recognise you from the sketch! Happy
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Post by studio-pots Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:45 pm

I posted this picture elsewhere on here but this is the building that the Fournier's potted in during their time in Greenwich (they rented the first floor from Alan Wallwork).

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It's the one with the blue sign, is on Blackheath Road and this picture was taken earlier this year.

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Post by AlanH Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:18 pm

That's interesting - I have a huge 'dish' by Wallwork, weighing in at about 10Kg, also from the '60s.
Need to get it out of loft for photo opportunity!

yes we would love to see it and all the other studio pottery you have stored away in the loft Jumping For Joy
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Post by big ed Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:27 pm

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Post by big ed Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:28 pm

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Post by big ed Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:30 pm

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Post by studio-pots Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:40 pm

I thought I spotted a Fournier lurking at the back of the Malvern pots - blantantly nicked the idea of making pots like this from his landlord, as his Greenwich landlord would say. Like it though.

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Post by Davee Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:55 pm

Nice piece Ed Excellent

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Post by big ed Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:57 pm

Cheers Dave , Never new that SP -it's the first one Iv'e ever had of his .
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Post by studio-pots Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:21 pm

I might have said this elsewhere but it can stand repeating.

When Robert and Sheila Fournier went along to enquire about renting some upstairs rooms from Alan Wallwork in Greenwich, Robert asked Alan where he had studied pottery.

Alan replied that he had been at Goldsmiths College under a very fine head of department, Kenneth Clark, and then added that the previous head had apparantly been absolutely useless and a crap potter.

Robert then I think quite bravely pointed out that he had been head of the department before Kenneth Clark.

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Post by big ed Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:31 pm

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Post by DIANE Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:05 pm

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I've been trying to read this mark but can't make it out.
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Post by NaomiM Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:40 pm

Reminds me of Cripplesease pottery

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Post by skipposal Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:39 pm

Or Lacock?
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Post by Potty Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:04 am

Agree with Lacock. Most Excellent

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Post by DIANE Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:34 am

Brilliant I'll take a look
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Post by denbydump Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:09 pm

6 in high, the mark looks right, but I don't
have much to go on otherwise.

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Post by dantheman Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:56 pm

looks like s f to me, Fournier used a fatter R

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Post by NaomiM Sun Jul 06, 2014 4:00 pm

There is a fatter RF mark and a slimmer SF (R reversed) mark in Yates-Owen. This looks like the slimmer mark.
However, the examples I've seen have been impressed on a knob of clay.

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Post by studio-pots Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:17 pm

Not seen anything from the Fourniers with this glaze or stoneware body.

If is one of theirs it will be by Sheila rather than Robert and from the early 1960s. I don't know her work from that period but knowing what she made in the 1970s I would be surprised if it was her work.

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Post by denbydump Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:29 pm

Thanks SP that's what I needed to know.
The mark is very small, and on the rim, so difficult to photograph, but matches
exactly with the RF in the book.
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Post by studio-pots Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:48 pm

My mistake, it is like the Robert Fournier mark in the book from the early 1960s when they rented space from Alan Wallwork.

I know that when the Fourniers went there Alan was quite rude about Robert's work but what I said above still holds true. Especially as Robert very soon started making in the "house style" of Alan and his other tenant, Bernard Rooke.

I don't think Alan meant to be rude about Robert's pots but they were talking about Alan's time at Goldsmith's College and Alan heaped great praise upon Kenneth Clark, who was Head of Pottery, during Alan's time there. It was just that Alan added that the person who had been there before Clark had been a crap potter to which Robert replied, "That was me".

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