BRI­TISH POT­TERY

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Home­owner and col­lec­tor Steve Dowty says that Bri­tish pot­tery com­ple­ments the vin­tage Amer­i­can pieces in his dis­plays. Three of his fa­vorites are Martin Brothers, Bretby, and Ault. Martin Brothers (1877–1923) The four Martin brothers were fa­mous for their ec­cen­tric, of­ten grotesquely mod­eled fig­urines—such as their “Wally Birds”—and for wheel-thrown ceram­ics. They spe­cial­ized in a dis­tinc­tive type of salt-glazed stoneware with an orange-peel tex­ture rem­i­nis­cent of work in the Mid­dle Ages. Bretby Art Pot­tery (1883–1933) Founded by Henry Tooth and Wil­liam Ault, Bretby pro­duced both in­ex­pen­sive pressed pot­tery, of­ten fig­u­ral an­i­mals and birds, and more costly thrown wares. In­no­va­tive fin­ishes im­i­tat­ing bronze, cop­per, steel (and also wood) are a Bretby trade­mark. Ault Pot­tery (1887–1923) Wil­liam Ault left Bretby in 1887 to run his own pot­tery with his daugh­ter Clarissa. He was known for col­or­ful glazes in turquoise and yel­low; Christo­pher Dresser de­signed for him in the 1890s, pro­duc­ing forms, such as his egg vases, that still look mod­ern.

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