Magpie {10}

Rye
Tin-glazed earthenware jug by David SharpRye Pottery

I found this little jug hiding in the corner of a stall at an antiques fair in Devon. It was covered in dust and looking rather unloved; but when I picked it up it was incredibly light, something I’ve always taken to be a good thing. So I haggled, bought it, took it home, washed it, and did a little research… It has the printed Rye Pottery backstamp on the base as well as a capital letter ‘D’ impressed next to it. I discovered that this means that it was thrown by David Sharp (the Pottery’s first apprentice) in 1956, but decorated the following year after he had left the pottery. £10 well spent.

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