I’ve been gradually adding potters’ marks to the list from the Journal of Australian Ceramics. As one might expect, a significant proportion of these are the marks of ‘talented early career artists’ – individuals who began their training in the 21st century and are just starting to exhibit and make a name for themselves. This has implications for the scope of the list. Should we draw a line in the sand and exclude artists starting their professional practice after the turn of the century, say. I’ve decided not. If a mark is known, why not capture it? The memory of who made a pot and when and where it was bought is easily lost, and it is not always easy to date a work with no provenance. Documenting a mark also provides an opportunity to include biographical details and links to further information that help position an artist in time.
Illustrated: Ruby Pilven‘s mark from the Journal of Australian Ceramics #50/3 (2011).