During our winter break, we are busy changing the exhibition. One whole wall will feature forms used to prepare and consume hot beverages. This cup and saucer with a finely crazed glaze comes from a set of six that is sure not to remain long on the shelf, so I thought I should try for an identification before they vanish to new owners. We bought them in 2005 and I had hoped that six years of collecting marks might have helped to identify the signature – a painted ‘JB’ or perhaps ‘GB’ – but no. The seller said they came from Ararat in Victoria, so that may help.
A reader has now sent me an image of a gallery label identifying this potter as Jamie Beeston, a potter active in Victoria in the 1980s, selling work at the Meat Market Craft Centre and Mariposa Gallery in Melbourne and the Hargreave Street Gallery in Castlemaine.