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Talented early career artists

Pilven, Ruby

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).



2 thoughts on “Talented early career artists

  1. Dear Judith …I agree to a no cut off date for potters marks to be recorded. Many of these early people taught themselves with little info to go on , no colleges , technology to help them , …their bible was usually the famous Bernard Leach book…….and they still made museum quality pots…as with most of the Potters Cottage Warrandyte founders ….love and appreciate all your hard work xxKay Scott


    Posted by Kay Scott | October 15, 2013, 1:35 pm
    • Thanks for this affirmation, Kay. Identifying Australian Pottery members are constantly finding quality work by mystery potters so we still have many thousands of marks to identify. Luckily, our work-in-progress approach means we don’t need hard and fast boundaries as would have been needed with a published book.


      Posted by Judith | October 15, 2013, 2:25 pm

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