Saturday, 19 January 2013

The markers mark

James Radley Young was making vases like this one, unglazed and decorated in "Egyptian" patterns, during the first world war. This vase, has an impressed Carter and Co Poole signature on the base, so it dates from some time prior to 1921.  It also has a rather nicely impressed thumb mark, visible on the photo about half way up on the right.  Picking the vase up now, the indentation fits the side of my thumb quite snugly, as it would have done the potter as he or she first lifted it from the wheel.

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