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Post by studio-pots May 8th 2016, 12:08 pm

Looking at the glaze, it appears to be that which he used at the beginning of his time at Lowerdown when he used red earthenware. Although difficult to see the mark looks like L with a D sitting in it. Is it red earthenware?

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Post by cycladelic May 8th 2016, 12:46 pm

It is red earthenware and when held in the light, I can just make out a D inside the L.
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Post by studio-pots May 8th 2016, 1:04 pm

When using red earthenware (1956 - 1961) the L D mark seems to have been used all of the time (I can't be 100% certain but can't remember seeing the L+ mark on this early earthenware).

He did have assistants at the time.......................... but the mark is LD so it's fair to say it is by David Leach


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Post by cycladelic May 8th 2016, 1:30 pm

Many thanks, SP!
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Post by NaomiM May 8th 2016, 1:30 pm

Agreed, David Leach

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Post by faeriequeene January 7th 2019, 3:09 pm

Looks like David Leach to me, but no personal mark that I can see. The spout is broken but I still love it.Lowerdown Pottery - Page 3 00910
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Post by NaomiM January 7th 2019, 5:07 pm

It’s Lowerdown standardware but David Leach wasn’t the only potter so without a personal stamp it’s not possible to attribute it to him personally

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Post by studio-pots January 11th 2019, 5:42 pm

David did much of the Standard Ware stuff in the later years (after Tim Andrews) and intentionally did not put his own mark on it so that he had things at different prices in his showroom. We use a couple of bowls everyday with the Lowerdown mark only and we know that David made them as he told us when he sold them to us. However, they were made for use and not to be collected and attributing any of these piece to him seems a little unfair to the potter to my mind. However, I think it fair to say that the decoration on this teapot is too clumsy for it be David's.

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Post by r-and-f September 9th 2020, 5:21 pm

A large stoneware tankard with a fantastic tenmoku glaze, mainly brown if you're right-handed, mainly black if (like me) you're left-handed. The upper half of the seal is filled with glaze.

Everything about it screams Lowerdown to me, and the visible lower part of the seal could be the bottom stroke of the Lowerdown L. But there's no way to tell if this signifies the generic L+ mark or David Leach's personal LD mark.

Or maybe it's not the bottom of an L at all? Maybe it's something else entirely?

Any comments, please?

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Post by NaomiM September 9th 2020, 6:00 pm

Definitely a Lowerdown tankard. I think the mark is the L+ where the + has a split tail. It’s not an LD mark

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t9953p25-lowerdown-pottery#141537

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Post by r-and-f September 9th 2020, 8:09 pm

Thank you Naomi. That's it! I've never seen the Lowerdown cross with a bifurcated tail. Any idea if it has some particular significance?
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Post by NaomiM September 9th 2020, 9:17 pm

I assumed it was an early version of the mark. Tbh I don’t even know why he used a cross in the first place Shrugs

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Post by studio-pots September 13th 2020, 5:45 pm

The site of the bungalow and pottery is near a cross roads at Lowerdown, which is just a few houses. That's my understanding and it was called that before David bought the property.

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Post by NaomiM September 13th 2020, 7:15 pm

Cheers.

Other Leachs have potted there over the decades and it’s possible each would have made their own version of the Lowerdown stamp, just as potters training at Winchcombe made their own WP stamps

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Post by CD151 March 23rd 2021, 8:13 pm

Need some help to ID this bowl please.
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Post by denbydump March 23rd 2021, 8:30 pm

Looks like the Lowerdown pottery mark.
If the top of the rim is unglazed, it may be missing a lid.
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Post by philpot March 23rd 2021, 10:25 pm

Lowerdown pottery was David Leach's pottery from 1956 onwards. He had a number of apprentices including John Maltby. The L+ work would mostly have been made by an apprentice. as this one probably was.
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Post by NaomiM March 28th 2022, 4:38 pm

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Post by studio-pots March 29th 2022, 8:22 am

The decoration of that looks very good and could well have been done by David himself. However, I remember a conversation with his youngest son, Simon, about whenever he came to visit he always got roped into decorating the "less expensive" Lowerdown mark pieces and got quite good at it.

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