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Richard Batterham

No 1: Bottle, 1966 (P.74.14)

This modest bottle is only 25 centimetres high. It is made of thrown stoneware and has been beaten to produce four flat facets. It is carefully glazed in two colours: a blackish tenmoku on the lower body, and a grey-white wood ash and feldspar (chun) on the upper parts, including the upstanding lip. This whitish glaze is semi-transparent and crazed all over. The visual focus of the piece is the join between dark and light glazes which is a soft but clearly defined line.

The bottle was made at Batterham's Durweston pottery in Dorset and was purchased from his first exhibition, held in Blandford in 1967. It represents an early phase in his work.



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