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Post by bistoboy Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:00 pm

the mark on this, and the style looks like the Leach pottery at St Ives,  But can anyone give me firmer attribution to the actual potter? no other marks as far as i can tell


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Post by gareth-h Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:32 pm

The mark doesn't look right for any St Ives I've seen. Here's one I had for comparison.

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Post by bistoboy Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:34 pm

i think on mine, the glaze is has pooled in the mark so that it's more difficult to read the "s" shape and the two dots
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Post by Martyn Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:41 pm

Hi,

This is a Leach Pottery bud vase, they were part of the standard production, thrown and decorated by most who worked there over the years and come with various glazes and designs. Without the potters mark who actually made yours would be guesswork, but sort of feels a bit like John Leach style to me.
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Post by bistoboy Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:10 pm

thanks for your input Martyn. I had a look through my British Studio potters mark book only to find that nearly all the St Ives connected people used a variation of the s in circle type mark. So, as you say, no way of knowing for sure who potted this one, but i'm glad to have your input/hunches. I know nothing of the Leach pottery - i put it on sale on ebay, and just didn't want to misrepresent it by attributing a wrong name to it.
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Post by Martyn Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:47 pm

The various potters who worked at the Leach Pottery over the years had all manner of individual/personal marks, there is really no reliable way of telling just from the SI seal who made the pot...they had the option of using SI seals already existing 'off the shelf' or making thier own, but that's quite different from the personal seals that are most often initials or monograms used on individual or unique pieces along side the St Ives Leach Pottery seal.
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Post by Mr Trebus Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:20 pm

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Small St Ives pottery dish, 4" diameter, sgraffito and glazed decoration.
Impressed St Ives mark and ENGLAND to base.
Can anyone tell me who this is by?
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Post by studio-pots Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:01 am

No. These small items from the Standard Ware range where done by all of assistants when they began working at the Leach Pottery.

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Post by big ed Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:34 pm

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Post by big ed Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:35 pm

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Post by RVsaid Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:25 am

Hello

Both jugs appear to be Bernard Leach but the impressed seals are rather glazed over, on one you can just see the S shape and dots mark (well I think you can). Both have England impressed into them also. Just looking for the all clear before I list them but the jugs look about right as with say eBay below.

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Post by big ed Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:43 am

They are by the Leach Pottery , dunno who made them though .
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Post by RVsaid Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:47 am

That's cool. Thanks
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Post by NaomiM Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:53 am

Studio Pottery website just says Leach jugs, so, as Ed says, exactly who made them at the pottery is still in doubt.

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Post by RVsaid Sat Oct 20, 2012 12:03 pm

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Just one of those marks that needs your mind more than your eye to catch it.



Leach St Ives standard ware, stamped England - NaomiM
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Post by studio-pots Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:53 pm

The jug, above, was part of the Standard Ware range that was produced at the Leach Pottery up until Bernard Leach's death in 1979. In an illustrated catalogue of Leach Standard Ware that I possess from 1975 this was one of three mugs produced at the time and was called a "Coffee Mug" with a retail price of 90p. They were available in 3 different glazes referred to as A, B and C. A - Black to rust tenmoku. B - Mottled grey brown, C- Pale celadon green (as above).

The Standard Ware range was made by the students and apprentices so cannot be attributed to any individual potter. However, they were certainly never thrown by Bernard.


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Post by studio-pots Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:28 pm

Items of Leach Standard Ware used to be more common 25 years ago and you are right Ed that many are worth picking up, if the price is right.

Many of the items were unglazed on the outside like the "Small Lidded Stewpot with Lugs" below that was priced at £2.50 back in the 1975 catalogue. This was available with the A,B or C glazes inside that I mentioned above.

Something like this stewpot would have been made by a more experienced apprentice than the mugs. However, I would imagine that it would be less desirable in today's market.

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This like the mug would be stamped with the St. Ives seal and sometimes England as well.

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Post by studio-pots Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:34 pm

A "Small Cream Jug" with glaze A (Black to rust tenmoku) priced at 75p back in 1975. The glaze is at the rust end of the glaze spectrum.

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Post by bistoboy Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:51 pm

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should the mugs have saucers?
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Post by studio-pots Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:36 pm

They did make coffee cups with saucers but as you say these are coffee mugs and they were not made with saucers.

The cups that had saucers were tapered but they didn't have the "flared" top like your mugs.

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Post by studio-pots Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:25 pm

Perhaps the most desirable of the Standard Ware range are the Small Decorated Porringers like the example below.

These all had brushwork decoration and it is certain that Bernard Leach was responsible for some of the decoration but the vast majority would have been done by other potters.

In the 1975 catalogue these were priced at £1.60.

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Underglazed St. Ives seal on the porringer above -

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Post by studio-pots Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:47 am

The "principals" at the pottery, together with some of the assistants when they were thought to be proficient enough, made individual items at the Leach Pottery. These would be marked with the potter's personal seal, as well as the St. Ives seal.

The examples below are 3 of Bernard Leach's pots that I had for sale earlier this year, with the large bottle being 12 inches tall. Bernard's personal seal did vary over the years but I have included an image of the most common one beside the St. Ives seal in the second image below.

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Post by big ed Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:25 pm

Great Pieces John , every time I see the slab pot on the left I think of the forgery scandal surrounding these in 1980 when the fakes were being made by prison inmates , how long did you take to make yours ? and can you make me one as well Big Laughter Big Laughter Seriously though I would love them in my collection Most Excellent
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Post by studio-pots Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:12 pm

The cut sided porcelain bowl was to my mind the best of the three above and I should have perhaps kept it a little longer. The slab bottle went "to the trade" so it is probably still available if you are interested. Cheeky

I do have a slightly better example of the slab bottle in my own collection plus the Bernard Leach "Penwith" print of the same.

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Post by studio-pots Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:40 pm

I don't think either of us could afford the slab bottle now!

The signed print I refer to was from the Penwith (Gallery) Portfolio published in 1973. A copy in the Tate collection can be seen at

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