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William Greatbatch: A Staffordshire Potter Paperback – 1 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Horne Publications; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951214039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951214039
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 19.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,006,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By heretic666 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
I must admit to nearly consigning this book to the bonfire when flicking through it and coming across a neologism which I find vile :- backstamp. I never found this word in Jewitts, Chaffers and Goddens and it just grates like fingernails on a blackboard.
That apart, this is a great contribution to ceramic knowledge and creamware in particular. Once again it is the triumph of the digger over the researcher. Thousands of sherds and factory wasters have rewritten the assumptions and misattributions on creamware and tortoiseshell ware. That is not to say the documentary evidence is dismissed as irrelevant but the work that Greatbatch did for Wedgwood is documented but not in sufficient detail for diagnostic purposes.
In case that made the products seem like those of a sub-contractor or journeyman there are lots of examples to show that Greatbach was a potter and decorator of originality and creativity in his own right.
The plates,over two hundred are useful but the figures in the text showing cross-sections and details of applied ornamentation are of inestimable value.
This book helps rewrite the history of creamware and no enthusiast should be without it.
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