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




13cm tall with LS monogram. Simon Leach or Len Stevens?
Any help with id would be gratefully received.
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Post by fatlava.eu on June 6th 2011, 1:08 pm

Hi!

Won't help you much but i have a similar item in my "mystery corner":
http://www.michael-kempf.com/fatlava/html/mystery_2_66.html

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Re: Laurie Short

Post by climberg64 on June 6th 2011, 6:08 pm

Definitely the same maker. Exciting!
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Post by fatlava.eu on June 6th 2011, 6:35 pm

Exciting would be if we knew the maker :-)
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Re: Laurie Short

Post by climberg64 on July 15th 2011, 2:20 pm

A similar piece has been listed on the well-known-internet-auction-site as by Laurie Short from Cumbria.
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Post by fatlava.eu on July 15th 2011, 3:18 pm

climberg64 wrote:A similar piece has been listed on the well-known-internet-auction-site as by Laurie Short from Cumbria.

Hi!

I found the auction on ebay.co.uk and i am sure that the seller is right and our vases here were made by Laurie Short from Cumbria/Cumberland. When knowing this name, Laurie Short, i started to research in the www and found a site with mystery marks where Laurie Short was also named as the potter with the LS mark:
http://www.ceramike.com/UFOpots.asp
(It's the 13th post from top of that site)

So this one here (plus my vase) were ID'd :-)

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Re: Laurie Short

Post by climberg64 on July 15th 2011, 5:19 pm

High five!
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Post by fatlava.eu on July 15th 2011, 7:12 pm

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IS THIS SIMON LEACH OR Len Stevens ?

Post by sunnyices2 on September 24th 2012, 9:30 am

i have an interesting studio pottery with makers mark on the base of this item is this simon leach or Len Stevens ? as am not too sure i appreciate if anyone can help me out with this.. makers mark to base is LS

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Re: Laurie Short

Post by studio-pots on September 24th 2012, 10:14 am

Although I can't see the item that you are referring to I can see that the "dreaded book" shows that they have similar marks. That is the major problem with identification because without knowing the type of work a potter makes a mark can only give you a possibility.

Simon Leach's work was and is in what is know as in the Anglo-Oriental style that originates from his grandfather's time. It will be traditionally shaped bowls, vases etc. often with brush decoration.

I have never seen any work by Len Stevens and didn't know the name until your post but he does appear to make musical instrument sculptures in clay.

Therefore their styles/subject matter are completely different so that ought to help you make a better guess of who made the item that you are referring to.

An image would probably allowing me to give a more positive id though. For example I have just gone onto a "well known internet auction site" and found something that is described as a "Simon Leach yunomi with stylish handle". From looking at the item and the mark provided I can be certain that it was made by Simon Leach and also be certain that it is not a yunomi (Japanese name for a cup). I assume that the seller knows that a yunomi would fetch more money than a handled bowl and attract more viewings, hence the inclusion of yunomi in the title.

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Re: Laurie Short

Post by sunnyices2 on September 24th 2012, 12:02 pm


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Post by sunnyices2 on September 24th 2012, 12:03 pm


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Post by sunnyices2 on September 24th 2012, 12:03 pm


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Post by studio-pots on September 24th 2012, 12:42 pm

Although the vertical line of the L is missing on the mark I feel certain that it is by Simon Leach - he appears not to have had his stamp flat when marking.

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Post by big ed on September 24th 2012, 12:55 pm

simonleachpottery@gmail.com

You could email him for more info about your pot , Ed
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Post by sunnyices2 on September 24th 2012, 12:59 pm

i will do that right about now :)

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Post by climberg64 on September 24th 2012, 6:26 pm

Laurie Short might have made this. There were a couple of pieces on the forum before with the same mark and glaze design. But the identification came from an ebay item so is not 100%
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Post by sunnyices2 on September 25th 2012, 12:14 pm

hello climberg64 you where right it isn't by Simon leach because he contacted me stating that isn't is bow... so am guessing it might be Laurie short... do you have her contact information then?

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Re: Laurie Short

Post by studio-pots on September 25th 2012, 6:11 pm

So maybe I was wrong about it being by Simon Leach but "Laurie Short" seems to be quite elusive and I haven't been able to find out whether he/she is/was a potter.

I found a reference to a potter in Cumbria of that name but the internet only gives an art professional, who worked for the Cumbria Visual Arts Development Agency. They could have made pots but the area of work that they seemed to have been involved in gives no clues. The agency above also doesn't seem to exist now.

There is a reference to a potter of that name in the "Craft Potters Association Archive at the National Library of Wales" but as far as I can ascertain they were not a member of that organisation.

So a bit of a mystery.

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Post by sunnyices2 on September 26th 2012, 8:34 am

yes that's right in search of a lost potter.. i have actually seem that mark been attributed to laurie short at ceramike mystery pottery pot section..

>>>>>>>>>>>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.

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Post by studio-pots on September 29th 2012, 2:44 pm

A bit of a long shot but while looking for someone else I came across a potter/ceramic artist called Roma Short, who lives in Cumbria.

Could she be a relation of Laurie? She has a web site with an email address and because of the suggested Cumbria location for Laurie could be worth contacting.

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Laurie Short

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


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
Finchy



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Post by NaomiM on March 16th 2015, 8:25 pm

It might be Laurie Short's mark, which is often confused for Simon Leach's. I haven't found any lidded pots by Leach on Google with that style of handle. You could try asking him simonleachpottery@gmail.com

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Post by Finchy on March 21st 2015, 5:28 pm

Hi NaomiM
I asked Simon Leach and he says it is not one of his pots. Thanks for your suggestion that it may be a Laurie Short pot, I shall try to do some more research and try to contact Laurie.
Thanks
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Post by Finchy on 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,thanks
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