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Whose is this Ian Firth like mark? It is Keith Smith of Richmond

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Does anyone know Keith Smith?

Post  mumof1 on Sat 10 Nov - 16:32


I found this fantastic charger, but don't recognise the potter

Does anyone know him or where he is from?
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Whose is this Ian Firth like mark? It is Keith Smith of Richmond

Post  mumof1 on Tue 28 Jan - 9:09


Sweet little jug with delicate design

I'm not sure which way this one goes up


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Keith Smith .........

Post  R L Pike on Thu 27 Nov - 22:47

Hi .. I was a member of Craft Potters (Nelson) Inc for many years and Keith Smith was (is?) a member. He is a talented water colour artist also which may account for the lovely decoration on your large charger. I haven't seen him for quite some time, but you may find him in the Nelson phone book .. (last known living in Richmond). Hope that helps.

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Post  mumof1 on Thu 27 Nov - 22:53

Thank you so much for that information, and welcome to the site! I will try to contact him.
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Post  Cat-a-lat on Fri 28 Nov - 7:17

Wow, that is a fantastic charger, what gorgeous glaze-work!
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Post  mumof1 on Fri 2 Jan - 16:16


I saw this mark again last week on another jug, but this time under the handle, and it was this way up.
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Post  Cat-a-lat on Sun 17 May - 13:27

There is a pot on TM at the moment with this mark - up the same way as the above photo, but seller has taken photo of it sideways and described it as an 'L C' mark
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Post  mumof1 on Sun 17 May - 14:49

I saw that listing too. I am convinced that this is a Nelson potter, as I see pieces with the mark regularly, but I have yet to find the maker. I was wondering if it was and I or L E.
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Post  mumof1 on Fri 21 Aug - 20:43


I found another, I picked up this wall plate yesterday, of Mt Arthur

Very hard to read on the orangey glaze, but says' Mt Arthur, Nelson, New Zealand, Keith Smith
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I have solved these two mysteries !

Post  mumof1 on Fri 22 Jul - 15:00


I was lucky enough to find another pottery piece yesterday, a wall hanging plate, with the same mark as the jug above, which I left there as it was rather expensive.

However, it had this paper label on it, so I got out the phone book, and, as there were none in Hill Street, I decided to ring all the K's. I found Keith, still in Richmond. He confirmed that this is his mark, and that he is no longer potting. He sounded of a good age (80's maybe) but said that he still sees the odd piece of his work in the op shops. I didn't dare ask if he purchased them or not. The mark is his impression of a K, side on he said, so I know we have it up the right way.
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