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Post by NaomiM on March 23rd 2014, 5:17 pm

Looks like DL, presumably for David Leach

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Post by slopingsteve on March 23rd 2014, 6:36 pm



This is the pot. It looks pretty much like a Standard ware large tureen to me.
The inside green glaze is very familiar. But why and when would David Leach have put his mark on it?

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Post by NaomiM on March 23rd 2014, 6:52 pm

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Yes, Standard Ware, very like Big Ed's one, above.
I guess he marked it simply because he made it.

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Post by big ed on March 23rd 2014, 6:58 pm

Yes exactly, I think it was David that was instrumental in starting this type of ware .
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Post by NaomiM on March 23rd 2014, 8:04 pm

Heres a partial list of potters and pupils, but I don't see another DL or LD. Simplest thing may be to ask David Leach if it's his mark.

http://www.cornishceramics.com/pleach.htm

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Post by NaomiM on March 23rd 2014, 11:05 pm

Well there are catalogue pages showing this 'stew pot' in the 40s and 50s. If it's David Leach's mark then presumably it was made while he was there in the 30-50s.

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Post by big ed on March 24th 2014, 3:20 pm

I read he was instrumental in introducing the standard ware when he came back in 1938 when he made a few changes at the pottery , I can see no reason at all to doubt it is his mark , maybe it's an earlier piece ,who knows , but for me it's ok Ld , St ives , noone else fits the bill  Shrugs 
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Post by studio-pots on March 26th 2014, 1:50 pm

I don't know if it is a mark used by David Leach or not but the spoon hole on your piece is something that I don't think I have seen on Standard Ware tureens.

Ed is correct about David developing the Standard Ware and it could be a prototype but I am only guessing.

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Post by big ed on March 26th 2014, 2:05 pm

http://www.ceramike.com/LeachPottery/StandardWarePots/LeachStandardWare.asp

some tureens /stew pots with spoon holes , various sizes
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Post by studio-pots on March 26th 2014, 4:05 pm

Thanks Ed - I suppose I don't take much notice of casseroles and their orifices!

However, it is interesting that Mike in the link says that he has used the 1946 and 1952 catalogues and the holes are not shown in a later catalogue that I have, so they seem to have been phased out at some point perhaps in the 1960s.

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Post by philpot on March 27th 2014, 6:28 am



I tried this yesterday,and didn't get the photo up!
Any ideas on this St Ives item?
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Post by philpot on March 27th 2014, 7:53 am

On and here is the bottom of it. Which just makes me think its fairly old.

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Post by NaomiM on May 15th 2014, 12:37 am

St Ives Pottery tankard






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Post by big ed on May 20th 2014, 2:18 pm



6" High , Joanna Wason Vase .
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Post by big ed on May 20th 2014, 2:19 pm

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Post by NaomiM on May 26th 2014, 7:53 pm

Dish by Janet Leach







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Post by climberg64 on May 27th 2014, 2:56 pm

What does it say under the marks? Looks like "REPEAT"?
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Post by NaomiM on May 27th 2014, 3:02 pm

Yes it says REPEAT. Apparently it meant she made a number (100s, probably) of pieces in the same shape.

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Post by studio-pots on May 27th 2014, 3:52 pm

She did this with 4 different styles of dishes that I am aware of and some small footed teabowls as well. They were really only for sale at the pottery and were items that were more affordable than her more individual pieces.

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Post by studio-pots on May 27th 2014, 8:01 pm

For most of the time that she made them she had no-one to help her so my view is that she would have made most of them.

It was only towards the end of her life that she employed Joanna Wason to assist her.

However, compared to Shoji Hamada she was most definitely hands on. Hamada employed people throughout his career to throw most of his pots and others to make his press moulded bottles. He only decorated the majority of his pots but did say that he threw all of his chawan as well as decorating them.

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Post by studio-pots on May 27th 2014, 8:08 pm

NaomiM wrote:Pretty sure there's a blooming great thumb print in the middle.  Laughter

Tbh, I don't think she was a very good potter.

In my opinion she was one of the most talented studio potters ever and she has to be admired for never making "Leach pots". She never played safe.

Of course some of her pots were pretty bad but considering the amount of alcohol she consummed it isn't that surprising.

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Post by climberg64 on May 27th 2014, 9:50 pm

My impression of her was that she was quite pushy and bossy (but compared to BL the Easter Bunny would look pushy) and she tried to make the most of the Leach name. I guess she might have rubbed some up the wrong way sometimes  Shrugs
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Post by studio-pots on May 28th 2014, 12:02 am

big ed wrote:I am liking her more and more ,boozing and potting , can't be bad eh?  Tipsy 

I met someone in the 1990s in the antique business, who knew nothing about studio pottery or that the Leach Pottery was important.

He told me that the only potter he had met was in a "retreat" from which they both went awol over the wall and down to the local pub one night. That was Janet.

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Post by denbydump on June 5th 2014, 4:55 pm

My only piece by the Man himself. A 1930s Jam-pot.





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Post by studio-pots on June 5th 2014, 5:49 pm

The honey/jam pot above would have been thrown by Bill Marshall and decorated by Bernard Leach, which isn't meant to suggest that it is any less of a Bernard Leach pot. If Bernard had thrown it then it would have been!

It will have been made later than you suggest though c 1960.

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