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Post by Celtic_Fan October 5th 2012, 1:14 pm

Many people aren't aware that Bill Fisher (Celtic Pottery) was also an artist.

Bill (William) Fisher was born in 1916 and studied at Camberwell Art College, before he moved to Mousehole - when we mostly know him for his pottery.

Much of his work to my mind is quite 'disturbed' and really distorts figures.

These two which I've just acquired are more 'normal' although the second is showing some of that distortion.

Bill Fisher 001a10

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Bill Fisher 006a11

Perhaps those people with other drawings (including that self portrait) can add this this topic.

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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 8:22 pm

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Here are the two pieces from my late brothers collection as mentioned elsewhere. They measure 24cms deep. My feeling is that my brother bought them in 1962 or 1963 when he was directing OUDS productions at the Minack.
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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 8:51 pm

Of course there is no guarantee that this is the same Fisher, but it seems very likely. I also have a much larger painting in a similar style of an eagle on a sombre, dark green background. Just looking for it now. It must be in the East Wing!!
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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 9:06 pm

Here is another, of Mousehole itself.

Bill Fisher LS_Mousehole12b
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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 9:12 pm

Bill Fisher Signed_Mousehole14b

Here's the signature.
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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 9:27 pm

I found the Eagle... well a second rate photo of it, but you get the idea. I think it is a tremendously powerful image and I am not in the least surprised that my brother bought it.

Bill Fisher LS_Eagle18v2

I have a feeling that the white sheen at the top is something to do with my son when he was 8... needs investigating but no real damage done. :)

I will continue to hunt for the original.
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Post by thamesweb October 16th 2012, 9:39 pm

I am not certain the above brilliant black bird is by Fisher, but there is every chance.
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Post by Celtic_Fan October 16th 2012, 11:32 pm

TW - Many thanks for these - FANTASTIC.

It is certainly the same Bill (William) Fisher. Some of the early pottery from him and Margaret were labeled as The Wharf Cottage. The 2nd mermaid is clearly the same hand, but this is the first time I've heard of Bakery Studio.

I'm also fairly certain the last bird is also Bill's, I have pottery with similar style images.

These are all different in style to other work of his I've seen - it never ceases to amaze me how versatile Bill was.

It seems to say that those two mermaids are hand coloured prints ? which would suggest others were made and sold.

Congratulations on some VERY NICE examples of Bill's work.

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Post by thamesweb October 17th 2012, 4:13 pm

Thanks for that. It has been fun finding out and getting to know something about the artist.

Now. Who knows anything about John Martin from much the same era?
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Post by bradpm October 3rd 2016, 6:24 pm

Bit of a lurker on the forums as love studio pottery, but know nothing about it.

Inherited some pieces and also came across a collection of greetings cards from The Studio in Mousehole. A couple are signed and most seem to be very similar ages apart from one which I guess is early and from when the The Studio started up.

All are handprinted and many are also labelled in pencil - for example King Arthur or Maggie Fisher - Cornish Witch

Cant find any other examples online although the artwork looks very similar to finished works.

Anyone shed any more light on these before I decide what to do with them as seems a shame to have them in a drawer?  Are they rare and would they be of interest to collectors?

Personally, I love them and would hate them to get split up and remounted.

Thanks

(sorry cant post a link as Only just registered but have the images on a gallery if anyone wants to see)
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Post by studio-pots October 3rd 2016, 11:36 pm

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