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Post  TimCaulton on Tue Aug 12, 2008 12:55 am

Here is a bit of info on a stamp design Len Castle used to decorate his pots. It is almost always attributed to Theo Schoon, but in fact it has nothing to do with Schoon. It's the symbol Hamada had above his kiln/workshop to protect the place from fire. If you look up Japanese symbols for fire you will see the similarities. And it you are lucky enough to see a image of Hamadas workshop roof you will see it there too. Anyway here is an example of the stamp on a 1950's stoneware vase showing lots of teadust in the glaze.


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Post  collectiques on Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:35 am

wow really interesting ...

I think you need one of those symbols above your door too Tim...when you're doing your experiments.... thinking

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Post  TimCaulton on Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:50 am

collectiques wrote:wow really interesting ...

I think you need one of those symbols above your door too Tim...when you're doing your experiments.... thinking

That's not a bad idea! You know I am looking at getting a real burner you can connect up to an LPG tank..... Twisted Evil

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Post  TimCaulton on Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:48 am

You gotta watch what the auction houses tell you

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Post  collectiques on Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:31 pm

TimCaulton wrote:You gotta watch what the auction houses tell you

what's your experience on this one?

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Post  TimCaulton on Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:08 pm

Well as a rule I wouldn't ask an auction house about a pot, or fully believe anything they say in regards to provenance. There are a number of pots that have been sold in the last few years that have incorrect write ups. Just find a pot with that stamp on it and you will most likely see a story about Schoon. I have a few catalogues here with these stories in them. I guess it's just mistakes due to the huge amount of work involved in doing a catalogue, and nothing to do with adding a extra layer of mystique for monetary gain. Just been reading the Hamada book I got for America and there is a paragraph about the symbol. Its a water symbol painted on the houses to protect them from fire. I am going to look up the Japanese symbol for water....just to see how it compares. Still it doesn't really matter....The Truth is Out There X

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