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Thomas Forester and Sons Ltd.

Thomas Forester and Sons Ltd.

Thomas Forester and Sons Ltd.
Phoenix, Florant Majolica – 11.5 x 5 inches

“In 1877, Thomas Forester commenced business at a small manufactory in High Street; and as his business rapidly increased, he took additional premises in Church Street. These he shortly afterwards took down, and built upon their site a new manufactory – the Phoenix Works – which he completed in 1879.

The new premises gave him greater scope for his enterprise and, extending his connection, they were soon found to be too small for his requirements. He therefore purchased the adjoining china manufactory and completed his enterprise by joining the two works together, thus making one factory with six large ovens and every other possible convenience and appliance. The works enlarged with the business, and the business with the works, till Mr. Forester’s manufactory ranked among the most important pottery establishments of the locality. Certainly no other instance is on record in which, in six years only, so much was done single-handed by any manufacturer.

In the beginning of 1883, Thomas Forester took his sons into partnership and the business was carried on under the style of Forester & Sons. Upwards of four hundred hands were employed. The business closed in June 1959.” from http://www.thepotteries.org/allpotters/405.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Forester_%26_Sons

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Heer, Peggy

Heer, Peggy (1944-1999)

Ceramist Peggy Heer was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1941. She finished high school in Stettler and first became interested in making pottery in 1967 after seeing a neighbour with some home-made clay bottles. She began her clay studies at the Edmonton Potter’s Building (1968-1974), and at Studio West (1971-1974), and then took classes at the Banff School of Fine Arts (1975) and the University of Alberta (1984-1986), where she studied in the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in art and design. A founding member of the Arts and Crafts Society of Alberta, she was also a member of several other arts organizations, including the Canadian Craft Counsel, the 7 Arts Club, the Alberta Fine Arts Association, and the Edmonton Potters Guild. She worked constantly to improve her skills, attending courses and workshops, and became a highly regarded teacher. Over her thirty-year career, Peggy Heer explored a variety of clay media and techniques, ranging from porcelain to stoneware, and from fired glazes to airbrush application. All of her work was designed for functional use, but she was very involved in the creative side of her craft and approached each piece as an individual artwork with it’s own aesthetic existence. Her artworks were widely collected and were featured in numerous exhibitions” from
 
http://alberta.emuseum.com/view/people/asitem/H/68?t:state:flow=a52c0947-a8cb-4c04-a8c9-3868713caced

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Peggy Heer  (1944-1999)
Ceramic, 5.75 x 4.5 Inches

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Laubenthal, Sibyl

Laubenthal, Sibyl

Sibyl Laubenthal
Coffee / Tea Service, six cups/saucers, creamer.

“Sibyl Laubental (common misspelling: Laubenthal) was an adept potter who is revered for her contributions to the beginnings of pottery in Alberta. Laubental and her husband, architect Charles Launbental, immigrated to Edmonton in the spring of 1952. Her proficiencies as a potter were immediately recognized and she was asked to teach at the Edmonton Potter’s Guild. Prior to coming to Canada, Laubental had apprenticed for two years in an Italian workshop and spent six years working alongside skilled German potter, Jan Bontjes van Beek. Laubental’s students flourished under her tutelage, and many became professionals with their own pottery studios. As Laubental’s artistic career progressed, she went on to teach several courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, as well as the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. Each of Laubentals’ pieces are unique and individualistic, as there are no two pieces alike in her collection. Laubental focused primarily on the form of her work, and believed that glazes and decorations should not distract from the anatomy of piece, but rather enhance it. Her work was displayed in exhibitions across Canada and the United States, and she was also the first Canadian potter to win international recognition for her work. Laubental was an impeccable technician, and through her passion for teaching, she directly or indirectly influenced the skillset of most Albertan potters. ” from https://hermis.alberta.ca/afa/Details.aspx?ObjectID=1981.144.001&dv=True

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Prinknash Pottery

Prinknash Pottery

Prinknash Pottery
Granham, Gloucestershire

Ceramic Vase 3 x 3 inches
The Prinknash Abbey Pottery was founded in 1942 by the monks when they found a seam of clay during some building work. Their work is typically red earthenware, often with a metallic glaze.

The Benedictine monks continued to make pottery at the abbey in Granham, Gloucestershire until 1997 when the pottery was sold to the Welsh Porcelain Co.
from http://www.studiopottery.com/cgi-bin/mp.cgi?item=187

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Grove, Helga and Jan

Grove, Helga and Jan

Grove Pottery,
Victoria, BC, Canada
3.5 x 4 Inches
Cream and Sugar

Victoria, BC, Canada

http://www.groveartworks.com/grove/pottery.htm

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Grove, Helga and Jan

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Grove, Helga and Jan

Grove, Helga and Jan

Grove Pottery,
Victoria, Canada
3 x 4 Inches
Set of Six coffee mugs

Victoria, BC, Canada

http://www.groveartworks.com/grove/pottery.htm

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