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  1. touchdry

    How was this vase made?

    Hey ... I've just been informed that this is a "terra sigillata" vase ... and if I google that term I get loads of the stuff! Incredible!! Its all beautiful ... sorry, I mean 'daggone pretty'! All I have to do now is to ask the French if they know the maker ... one has already suggested Jean Jacques Gentil ... love it! Go and check him out. In the mean time I will ask him if it is his ... stay tuned ...
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    How was this vase made?

    Thank you oldlady ... believe it or not but I have a super miniature microscope, and I can tell you that the scratch marks reveal an almost uniform colour (light creamy brown). The scratches easily show that the variations in surface color are just that ... surface color _ otherwise the clay appears to be the same color clay under the surface. As for the marks ... I think you potters do it on purpose - just to make the collectors scratch their heads - maybe yelp a bit! But I can tell you that over here in France I have found an incredible variety of marks from the makers ... take Jacques Blin ... the 'n' looks nothing like one!! But it does not not stop me loving what you do ... ... I am beginning to see an LG .... that has been underlined ... or is it something else? DOH!
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    How was this vase made?

    Thanks for that JohnnyK and Babs, I can confirm that the mark has been scratched into the clay, and reveals that the different colors are surface colors ie glazes ... but the actual marks themselves eludes me. I am going to ask Marcia Selsor if she can shed light on the 'how' ... and perhaps the 'who' ...
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    How was this vase made?

    Hello Babs I would love to contact the retailer except that I bought this on a boot sale from someone who had no idea what it was! Seeing as I acquired it in France I will ask on one of the French Pottery Collectors forums. I came on here because I had no idea how the vase was made. And 'googling' it is almost totally impossible because, again, I have no real way of describing it. I have tried 'barrel vase' to no avail ... but this forum gave me the keyword 'chattering' ... that brought up lots of chattered vases ... but nothing like this one. So I will continue to search. If you have any descriptive words that might give me a more specific search then please let me know. Thank you all for being so responsive ... onwards ... and upwards!
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    How was this vase made?

    Thank you Rae and Gabby. So, the general technique used here is ... pretty general ... like, most people use it. This just leaves me with the question of the style of work ... I have not seen many examples on the west side of the pond. So am I seeing a European style coming out here? Although I bought it in France, it seems to be whispering from up north towards the Vikings ... or someone along the way ... like the Germans or the Belgians?
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    How was this vase made?

    Thanks for that Hulk ... so, do I understand you correctly - that chattering has been around for quite a while, and is now used in the pottery community anywhere in the World. So, the process does not point to anywhere in particular? Presumably, that goes for the stainless steel/plastic tool thing ... it is employed by just about anyone?
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    How was this vase made?

    Thank you for the response LT. Are the processes you refer to used internationally? I ask this question to see if I can pin point where this might have come from. Also, could this shape of vase be a specific design ... I have seen a number of similar examples from the obvara firings of Marcia Selsor ... but she does not appear to describe the vases in any way. I am talking of descriptions such as "cylinder vases", "bottle vases", "onion vases" ...
  8. I hope this is OK for a non-potter (ie collector) to ask a technical question. If I am asking a stupid question then please forgive me ... and just ignore this request. If you are willing to answer my questions then please use laymans language (no sagger-makers-bottom-knocker type answers please!). So, my question is ... what is the technique used to make this incredible vase? The sides are almost machine-like smooth; the top seems to be produced by engine turning machinery; how have the different coloured clays (or perhaps pigments were involved) been applied? Is this typical of one country like the UK, Scandanavia, Germany, or some other part of Europe ... or elsewhere in the World? I bought this in France. Perhaps I can be cheeky and ask if any of you know who might have made this ... I have included their mark which could be a GL and something else? Height 9cm Diameter 10cm I look forward to any kind of response ... thank you for reading this. And - yes, I am happy to give any other information.
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