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PW?? NZ Mark on Te Rona style platter is Paul Walshe !!

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Post  mike67 on Wed 2 Apr - 15:42

Just wondering if anyone could identify this mark on the 300 mm platter pictured. It is a very striking piece so I hope I can find out who did it. Cheers

This is the platter
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Re: PW?? NZ Mark on Te Rona style platter is Paul Walshe !!

Post  Ev on Wed 2 Apr - 16:03

Hi Mike, they have marbled coloured slips to give the plate that super look.
Now that mark has been debated about before and we haven't got to the bottom of it yet. There are several studio potters who had PW initials, but we can't find this one in the Potters Marks book. They were an excellent potter whoever they are.
I'm trying to find the other topic about this mark, but can't find it, so if anyone else can, please add a link.
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Post  mike67 on Wed 2 Apr - 16:17

Thanks very much for that. It is a big piece and stunning looking in the flesh. The underside has two raised circular ridges that form part of an overall swirling effect that finishes in the middle. There is some crazing in the glaze and was wondering if it was a sign of a little age or not?
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Post  Cat-a-lat on Wed 2 Apr - 17:44

That's the same mark as on my big blue platter -


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Post  Ev on Wed 2 Apr - 17:57

Arghggchhh no wonder I couldn't find that topic !!
I don't think either pieces were made by Paul Walshe.
Mike I would guess that your platter is from the 1970's to 1990's.
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Post  mike67 on Wed 2 Apr - 18:04

Thanks again. Followed the link to the blue platter and read the info there and looked at the Cabbage Tree mark. The mark on mine is underglaze and obviously the same plate as shown in a different coloured glaze. Looked a bit like the Cabbage Tree mark...?? Cheers, Mike
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Post  Margery1 on Mon 2 Jun - 19:44

The platter shown is by Paul Walshe. He was my husband until he died in 2007. I recognise his signature which is his own. Usually I wrote his initials as I worked With him in his pottery and I fettled the pots when they were at the biscuit stage. If any more details are required I am happy to supply them. He was also a sculptor and his sculptures can be seen in Parliament House Wellington And the Gallipoli statue also in Wellington, plus others in nelson where we lived.

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Post  Cat-a-lat on Mon 2 Jun - 19:59

Fantastic! There has been a lot of speculation about that mark, I for one am very pleased that there's a resolution Smile I have one of the platters with this mark and it is fabulous Smile
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Re: PW?? NZ Mark on Te Rona style platter is Paul Walshe !!

Post  Ev on Mon 2 Jun - 20:01

Welcome to the site Margery1 and thank you so much for that information.  We have wondered about that mark for some time now and it is quite different to the mark on Paul's every day domestic ware.  I have a few of his pieces and he seemed to move around a bit as his stickers show several different areas.
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Post  Margery1 on Tue 3 Jun - 17:46

Here is some more info about Paul ands. We started out in Pyes Pa. In Tauranga in 1970 then we moved to Nelson in 1976 and remained there until Paul died in 2007. Paul had a particular method of decorating his platters which I believe was unique to him. we made about 8000 pots a year, mostly domestic ware, made from white English clay. If you would like more details feel free to contact me, preferably by phone as I am a complete idiot on this fiendish machine unless my granddaughter is around!, It is very comforting to know that those of you who own his platters like them so much. he was a completely self taught potter who built his own potters wheel out of a washing machine motor. I am in the otago phone book and living in Arrowtown.t

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Post  mike67 on Tue 3 Jun - 17:57

Thank you very much Margery. I have several pieces of Paul's work with that mark and especially love that swirly brown platter. I really did want to find out who made it and I will now maintain an extra interest in his work now that I know. Could you hazard a guess as to the date the platter was made. Many thanks again, Mike
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Post  Margery1 on Tue 3 Jun - 18:17

Most of these platters would have been made in the 1970s and early 1980s. If a pot has Paul's signature on it it meant that at the suitable moment of the pot drying Paul signed it, otherwise I was working with him and would have done so and not been collecting children from school or whatever.. You can look up Paul under his name for sculpture and other details, again, so. Nice to know his work is appreciated.

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Post  mike67 on Sat 7 Jun - 22:02

Here is another nice piece of Paul's work( I think it is the same mark)

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Post  mumof1 on Sun 8 Jun - 0:37

Ooh, I like that! Yes, that is his mark too!
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Post  mumof1 on Wed 25 Jun - 10:30


This is a lovely small bowl in the same style as the platters

and although I know the mark is underneath, this one also has a sticker. Interesting to note the wording - ovenware.

I wanted to share this platter, as it is heavily textured, which the phioto doesn't really show.

This only has the PW with no NZ
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