This beautifully made serving bowl with its finely speckled leopard skin glaze, and blaze of red colour has a quite legible signature – R? Macready. It was listed on eBay in March 2005. The glaze is characteristic of the potter’s work going by two similar pieces that have been listed on eBay since then, a teapot and a casserole dish. These have a full signature (see marks 2 and 3 below) but the first name is hard to decipher – Ruby? Ridge? – I’m not sure. I am guessing that this piece dates from the 1990s.
Postscript: I’m inclined to agree with Liz that the first name is Rodger, but I still can’t find an Australian potter with this name in the published literature. We now have a vase in the same style bought from a Bendigo op shop, just signed ‘Rodger’.
Postscript 2: We recently found some more pieces in this style, some marked ‘Rodger Macready’, others ‘Pottery Loft’. The Pottery Loft still has a directory presence at 360 The Entrance Rd, Erina Heights, NSW. There is an article on its imminent closure in the Central Coast Express Advocate (February 13th, 2009, Page 43, which says that it had been set up originally by Rodger Macready and his wife Hilliary, and that they had sold it to the current owners in around 1991.
Erina Heights is 80-90 kilometres south of Newcastle, so this seems to fit in with Elaine’s information. I am still pursuing the Kyabram, Victoria, connection.
Postscript 3: Rodger Mcready was the first thrower employed by Robert Waterson at Redbyrne Potteries, Shepparton, in 1975.