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Adding Malcolm Cooke

Cooke, Malcolm

This week I finally added a topic on Malcolm Cooke to Australian Potters Marks. He has used quite a few marks over the years so I knew it would be a big task. Luckily, I had a pre-prepared biography to use from my online catalogue. I checked what marks had already been added by members to the Identifying Australian Pottery image pool then ventured out to our storage container to find other examples of marks in our collection, took photographs, uploaded images to my Judith(1) account and published the topic.  Next I downloaded and cropped all the images of marks used in the topic and uploaded them into the alphabetic and state sets that I maintain in my Judith(2) account. Lastly, I linked the topic to the entries in the alphabetic and state lists in Australian Potters Marks and updated the Excel spreadsheet I keep for statistical purposes. This was not quite the last task, because we noticed that one of our cats had been missing all afternoon and I went out again into the late Autumn night to let her out of the container.

Illustrated: The ‘Badger Creek handcrafted’ mark used with an impressed ‘Malcolm Cooke’ on work made at Badger Creek, Victoria, from 1974.

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