I thought that I should give the large floor pot that I mentioned in the last post its own entry in case someone recognises the mark. This is a pot that we bought from a potter’s house and studio in Blamey Crescent, Campbell, ACT, in the late 1970s.
Bernard Sahm worried about the pots he sold getting broken in Nine Artist Potters (27), but perhaps an even more sobering fate awaits most pieces: that of losing their provenance and having to be judged on their own merits. I am shamed by the number of pots we own where we have forgotten the name of the maker or even when and where we bought them.
This is the case for a lot of pots listed on eBay. The reasons for selling are poignant. “I’ve had it for over thirty years and it’s never been used”. “It no longer goes with my decor”. Or perhaps the saddest comment of all: “It was an unwanted gift”. Once a piece is sent out into the world via eBay, a garage sale, an estate auction or an opportunity shop, unless it has a very distinctive style it must depend on its mark to be reunited with its maker, at least in spirit.
Ian Jones has let me know that the maker of this pot is Julian Davies. Born in Melbourne in 1954, Davies is now a writer based in Braidwood, NSW. In September 2010, he opened the Left Hand Gallery on Lascelles Street, Braidwood.