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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for Collectors or Dealers
No matter what item of pottery or porcelain you are trying to research, this should be one of two books you reach for first. My own copy has long since lost its shiny new look and is now a battered, well used and reliable source of information. Along with Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Geoffrey A. Godden, you really should not need anything else...
Published on 5 Sep 2007 by CCUKBOOKS

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awful book as only deals so it seems with 20 th century potters which is not what I wanted.I sent it back and got a refund. That was the only good thing about it.
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by Anne Atherton


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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Book for Collectors or Dealers, 5 Sep 2007
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This review is from: British Studio Potters' Marks (Hardcover)
No matter what item of pottery or porcelain you are trying to research, this should be one of two books you reach for first. My own copy has long since lost its shiny new look and is now a battered, well used and reliable source of information. Along with Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks by Geoffrey A. Godden, you really should not need anything else to find out all you need on backstamps and markings. Obviously other reference books come into their own on antiques and should also be purchased but for a first point of reference, these two books should be your first purchases and both will save you making very costly mistakes no matter how experienced you are.
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb reference work for anyone interested in Pottery, 12 Mar 2001
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After years of searching over hill and 'yon for relevant information about the identities of potters and their pottery, this book is now my constant work of reference and an excellent starting point for further enquiries. Not just including all the "usual suspects" (Leach(s), Hamada, Rie, Coper, et al) but the younger up and coming potters. The layout is intuitive and not only deals with the marks alphabetically but also divides them into symbol types (Creatures,Monograms, Signs) thus providing a more than comprehensive source. The compilers have done their best to provide as accurate information as possible for over 4750 Potters most of whom are still actually living! Anyone buying this book will find that the price is more than worth it and the covers will need reinforcing because of the extensive use it will get, a worthy edition to ANY reference library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pottery Marks Identified, 9 April 2010
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Mr. G. Halpin (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: British Studio Potters' Marks (Hardcover)
This book is an absolute must for all those interested in British Studio Pottery.
Whether buying from galleries, dealers, studios, auction houses or chance findings at fairs or boot sales, this book clearly and easily identifies the makers of those sometimes enigmatic scratched, printed, painted or impressed marks found on most studio pottery pieces.
Whilst essentially a book of reference,the sections are 'readable'with their fascinating detail of studio locations and often re-locations chronologically presented.
Descriptions of the type of pottery produced by the studio is indicated and is a further aid to identification.
The final section of the book, presenting in facsimile style the 'marks' themselves, is a highly absorbing, visual read showing the amazing range of designs employed by potters in 'signing' their work.
There is no indication of the importance of the potters or studio work and so 'values' cannot be established through this book. That is rather dependent on the familiarity one has, or not of a 'name' within the Studio Pottery world.
A very essential reference book to own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good used copy, 6 Mar 2014
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perfect bible of potters mark for any studio pottery enthusiast. many hours I have spent searching for stars, squiggles and symbols to identify potters marks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Supplement to Goddens Encyclopaedia (Another Amazon Failure), 9 Jun 2012
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heretic666 (High Dudgeon, UK) - See all my reviews
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Yet again Amazon fails to differentiate between two separate editions, the second of which is a quarter larger than the first.
The potters represented here mostly had little significance since the last update of Goddens so would not have required an entry even if it was part of Goddens brief which was mainly concentrated on antiques.
Studio pottery marks tend to make as much sense to the uninitiated as heiroglyphs so any guide through this minefield is appreciated. Not just a list of the potters but dates and even addresses where they changed their locations make this a book beyond the definition of thorough. There are some nineteenth century studio potters marks here which date from the time when the term was coined, so not just the twentieth century is covered
Now almost impossible to find at an affordable price the decision to buy this book must be made on the depth of your passion for studio pottery and need for the identification.
That was my review of the first edition but I was pleasantly surprised by the second edition. The same format but greatly increased in size. Absolutely essential for afficionados if studio pottery made in these islands
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Indispensable work, 20 Oct 2009
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This reference work is absolutely invaluable and a benchmark. It provides a huge source of information concisely, clearly and effectively. Any serious colletor of studio pottery needs this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for studio pottery collectors., 22 April 2014
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A must for anyone collecting studio pottery. Inevitably will need regular (more frequent?) updating to identify new potters/relocating potters/ retiring potters; possibly by supplementary appendix with specific end dates?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does as it says, 17 April 2014
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Despite being nearly ten years old (my copy is a 2012 reprint) it does as described and covers the marks of the last hundred or so years. Sadly both of the authors/compilers have now passed and someone should think about revising and extending the book to cover the last ten years.
A very useful to my tools for recognizing the obscure pot. The sort of book you look up one thing and are linked to other potters you never heard of..........definition of someone who is becoming a geek. The book lives by my computer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cant fault the Contents, 11 Feb 2014
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A very clear, precise and well researched book, which I have found invaluable for indentifying Studio Pottery Marks - so far it has not let me down !
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 4 Dec 2013
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A great book, very comprehensive & extensive content. Just what I needed, worth its weight in gold. In perfect condition.
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