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Post by climberg64 May 29th 2011, 7:43 pm

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13cm tall with LS monogram. Simon Leach or Len Stevens?
Any help with id would be gratefully received.
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Post by sunnyices2 September 24th 2012, 12:02 pm

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Post by Finchy March 16th 2015, 6:00 pm

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Hello All
I came across this pot around 15 years ago on a local flea market, It measures around 8 1/2 inches in height. I purchased it along with some St.Ives coffee cups and saucers.
I was unsure of who produced this pot so I sent a photo to Bonhams to see if they could identify the potter. I thought the pot may have been produced by Simon Leach as the stamp seems to be like his, and I had bought it along with the St. Ives pieces, from the same seller. Bonhams said it 'probably' was by Simon Leach.
A few years later when the 'tinterweb came along I managed to contact Simon Leach and sent photos of the pot. He said the pot was not of his making.
The mark does look very similar to that of Simon Leach's, now I am stumped !!.
I would be pleased if anyone could help with the identification of this pot.
Thanks
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Post by Finchy March 21st 2015, 5:40 pm

Found this pot, it has a very similar scrolled handle on the lid, although not quite as well executed. Think you may be correct re Laurie Short,thanksLaurie Short  C796d29e63e2621d18a99dce983e608c
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Post by cycladelic May 8th 2016, 9:21 am

I read Laurie has or had a studio up in Cumbria, but I can't find any details.

Does anyone know if he is still active, and when these two pieces of stoneware might have been made...Laurie Short  A_laur10
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Post by cycladelic May 9th 2016, 7:50 am

Here's the mark on the bottle - the one on the lidded jar has been partially glazed over...Laurie Short  A_laur11
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Post by paveybe February 4th 2017, 8:04 pm

Circa 1980 I sold Laurie's pots in the Guild of Lakeland Craftsmen summer shop. also I owned a tea-set of his for nearly 30 years. In 1980 I oversaw the publication of the GLC Directory, (2nd ed.) and there was a page for Laurie, with picture, which I could upload for you. In the 1980s Laurie became a Craft Officer for Arts North, the organisation was based in Newcastle but covered Cumbria too, and I remember him saying that he was not finding it possible to make pots and do that job at the same time. As there has been no continuing canon of his work, I presume that he never went back to it.
The GLC Directory page states:
" Born in Devon in 1947 and worked at several different jobs before deciding to become a potter. Trained at Harrow School of Art 1971-73 and worked for Danny Killick and Bryan Newman. Spent six months working at an industrial pottery in Honiton, Devon.
In 1974 moved north and set up a pottery with the aid of a Crafts Advisory Council grant. Makes reduced domestic stoneware pottery and some individual porcelain using a seventy cubic foot oil-fired kiln. The glazes are granite based and the decoration is brushwork and wax-resist.
The aim is to produce a wide range of pots which are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, and which reflect something of the landscape in which they are produced. Has exhibited at Wolf House Gallery, Silverdale, and pots are sold in craftshops in the Lake District, the North East and Yorkshire." His pottery at the time was Crag Hall Pottery, Millom.
I can recognise some but not all of Laurie's work; some of it shouts loudly that it is his. There was quite an interest in stoneware at the time and I see pieces attributed to others, or presented as mystery pots. Around 1980 at least he had a consistent, preferred range of glazes and similarly a small, preferred range of brushed decorations. The pots with twiddly handles, where the clay loops back upon itself, they are typically LS, as is the brush decoration showing what I can only call a blob with 3 tails leading to the right. He had another pattern called 'mayfly' which was a vertical arrangement of brush strokes that was a bit mushroom-like, but with extra vertical strokes. That was on my tea-set, I wish I still had it!
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Post by paveybe February 4th 2017, 8:38 pm

The lidded jar above is Laurie's, I remember those from the 1980s, and it has one of his regular brush-mark styles. I don't recall the little stoppered bottle but the brushwork looks like Laurie's - the potter's mark would clinch it. The teapot and the lidded jar with decorated top above are both also typical of his work.

Not sure if I have remembered the 'mayfly' design (mentioned above) - correctly - he used the motif and he used the motif name, but I may have run them together, it is nearly 40 years ago now!
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Post by paveybe February 4th 2017, 8:39 pm

Yes that's his mark OK

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Post by NaomiM February 4th 2017, 11:00 pm

Wonderful information, thank you.  Most Excellent

I've been told this is also by Laurie Short -

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Post by paveybe February 5th 2017, 2:24 pm

I can only recognise Laurie's stoneware work from the 1970s and 80s - I could not, for instance, recognise any of his porcelain work. If LS resumed making pots and did so using completely different shapes, styles, clay, glaze and decoration, then that could account for it - and sometimes that could happen. couldn't it? The mark certainly looks like his earlier mark. Does it look like any other pots of Laurie's that you have seen, please, NaomiM? ? I have asked the Northern Potters Association if they have any more information about Laurie after 1990 - I know he was a member.
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Post by NaomiM February 6th 2017, 2:02 am

I came across a couple of pots attributed to Laurie Short which marched this applied and stamped decoration. I guess they must have been made later in his career.

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Post by paveybe February 7th 2017, 11:10 am

You have discovered late period Laurie Short! You must be right - perhaps after a bit of a fallow period it would not be such a surprise for an artist-craftsman to resume with different avenues of creative exploration. I think the pot you show above is a most remarkable object, its concept just catches at your eyes and mind, and the execution is wonderfully skilful. Where did you find these (later?) pots? Is there a whole raft of LS work out there that I don't know about? Many thanks for letting us see this, I'd love to see more. If I find out anything further about LS I will post it here.
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Post by NaomiM February 7th 2017, 12:15 pm

Most Excellent

The flask was found in a dark corner of Hungerford Arcade, so I'm afraid I can't tell you how it came to be there.
These are two others I found online with the same mark -

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The top one is on the Ceramike website which used to do studio pottery IDs
This is what they said about it:


Mark Nuttall - Slab vase is simon leach quite early I Think
James - Its not one of Simon's pots, despite the seal looking very similar and totally understandable as to why you might think that. It might be a potter called Len Stevens who is always being listed as Simon Leach on eBay.
Pat - Must be my eyes, because my book has a mark quite different to this for Len Stevens.
Peter Day - It's by Laurie Short, a Cumbrian potter. I've seen several of these pieces and once got into trouble with Simon Leach for listing one as his on eBay. He's not in any of the books. Simon Leach has himself suggested Len Stevens, but he only makes ocarinas.


I can't find any examples of Len Stevens' pottery, but maybe the flask shape does resemble an ocarina?

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Post by paveybe September 4th 2017, 11:08 am

Yes Laurie Short, v. recognisable
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Post by paveybe September 7th 2017, 12:58 pm

Definitely Laurie Short, both
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Post by brin mcardle May 20th 2019, 9:00 pm

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Beautifully made but unmarked..any help much appreciated
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Post by paveybe July 12th 2019, 1:54 pm

Yes I would agree Laurie Short, Spout, handle and lid, + clay glaze and decoration are all typical of his 1980s - ish work
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Post by benwilliams July 24th 2019, 7:22 pm

Vase 7” across, speckled glaze and unglazed band.
I found the Laurie Short thread.
Does this look right for him rather than Simon Leach?

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Post by benwilliams July 24th 2019, 7:25 pm

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Post by NaomiM July 24th 2019, 7:28 pm

Yes, probably Laurie Short. Certainly not Simon Leach; I don’t think there’s anyone else using a similar stamp

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Post by NaomiM August 2nd 2020, 1:55 am

From the Guild of Lakeland Craftsmen Directory, 2nd Edn 1980
Interesting that they mention the Craft Advisory Grant, which Short received in the early 70s to set up his own studio. I had heard that a number of potters set up in the 70s with the help of a Government grant but were missed out of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Marks books because they had retired by the time the second edition was being compiled in the late 90s.  

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Post by studio-pots August 4th 2020, 10:39 am

I looked at this thread because I saw the name................... sunnyices2.......................... memories. Laughter

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Post by NaomiM August 4th 2020, 3:35 pm

I bet he sold it as a Simon Leach.... and it smashed in the post Big Laughter

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Post by NaomiM February 10th 2021, 3:36 am

Just a note: Came across a potter today in Kent called Lorraine Singer, who has a very similar LS mark to Simon Leach and Laurie Short.

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