Saturday, 22 March 2014

Line and Lines

Here's a second plate, this time won fairly recently on eBay. Shape number 418, GW pattern, painted by Ruth Gough in the late 20's or early 30's.
Poole Pottery from this period nearly always has fine crazing. I'm not sure how long after firing it would take for this to develop but this crazing, while possibly adding to their charm, does make these pots pretty impractical for use as tableware. The crack like lines in the center of this plate, I think, are also craze lines, that have formed over an area of the white slip decoration that is thicker than elsewhere.  They are deep and wide enough to feel on the surface, but there's no sign of them on the reverse that you might expect to see with spider cracks.

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