This porcelain tile with curved sides and four rounded legs is signed ‘Barton’ on the base in ceramic crayon and is also entitled ‘Party Boys III’ in the same crayon. The platter is so playful in its subject and free in its execution that it has an ex tempore effect; however, the remnants of a sticker on the base suggests it was part of an exhibition and the numbered title that it was one of a series.
The maker is most likely to be Beryl Barton, a NSW potter with entries in the 1973-1985 directories, where she is based in Miranda making production ware and individual pieces in stoneware and porcelain. Barton trained at St George Technical College and augmented her practice by teaching at Gymea Technical College as well as tutoring at the Arts Council of NSW and the Potters Society. From 1975-1977, she was president of the Australian Potters’ Society.
Her mark is recorded in the 1977 and 1985 directories as a cursive ‘B. Barton’. I can’t say with certainty that the hand in this case is the same -hence the Mystery Potter category- but I hope for confirmation that this is Beryl Barton’s work.
Postscript: I now have a platter with the same signature and a printed paper label with the Miranda address: