This small (7 x 12 cm) domed vessel on a raised base is glazed an intense blue on the inside. By contrast the unglazed outside surface is worked to look like a weathered carapace or shell. It is heavy to the hand and there is something organic about the ragged opening edged in burnt orange, the strange shunt next to it and the hidden beauty of the interior. On the base is an impressed seal which reads ‘Le’.
This pot shares a provenance with the one made by Mystery Potter #3. We bought them both from the same seller. Mystery Potter #3 has a mark very similar to the one used by the New Zealand potter Lindsay Bedogni. I wondered for a short time if this pot might also have a New Zealand connection. Lawrence Ewing, another New Zealand potter, does use ‘LE’ as a mark but his monogram is different.
Australian potters with the initials ‘LE’ include Liz Eakins, Linda Ewin, Louisa Edge and Laura Ellis. I don’t have marks recorded for these potters and couldn’t find any stylistic connections when looking at examples of their work.
And of course, this mark may not be ‘Le’ at all. David just walked by and thought it was ‘LB’. And now I’m wondering if it is ‘Ce’. Never mind. While looking for examples of Linda Ewin’s work, I found a cache of regional NSW potters on the Orana Arts website and have added them to my database.
Postscript: Irene is right! This is actually another Lindsay Bedogni. More attributed work in this organic style has turned up on the Australian secondary market since I wrote this post.