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Post  Kat & Co. on Sat 13 Sep - 12:00

My new sugar bowl by local potter James McFarland. Cool
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Post  Ev on Sat 13 Sep - 12:06

I can just make out a mark under the sticker....
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Post  Kat & Co. on Sat 13 Sep - 15:13

I thought that too!  Very Happy
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 13 Sep - 15:40

Thanks for posting that Kat.

We get a bit of his stuff going through the shops here.

It all seems well made. Hopefully some info comes in now.

The McFarlands were a family of butchers in Whangarei. They built some nice houses.

"Wahroonga" was knocked down for Parahaki rest home in Kamo Road. I used to visit the chap there as he and his family were the only people ever to live there and the house was still furnished as new from FTC, 60 years on. I don't remember pottery but I wasn't interested in it then. I think he or his son may have been James. His son's house remains as "A Deco" restaurant.

I have been wondering if it was one of them.

Wahroonga is the name of a North Sydney suburb of very fine fin de siècle houses by, among others, Sir Howard Joseland. My favourite place in Sydney.

The name Wahroonga means "our place".
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Thu 30 Apr - 14:32

I've been wanting to get something by James McFarland since I first saw it in the shops and today I was lucky: I found a mug.

Most his work that I see is in the forest green colour.
This is a bit more interesting.
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95mm H, sticker and mark
light crazing one side
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Fri 4 Sep - 16:30

I found a third mug by JMF.
But it looks as though I didn't get around to posting the second one.

So, middle is the one previously posted: left is the second find, different shape, size and pattern: right is the recent find, different shape, size and handle construction.

They are all beautifully finished.
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three mugs with incised mark JMF as seen earlier in the topic
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all three showing relative sizes

I'm now thinking the recurring pattern, seen clearly on the new mug (left immediately above) could be a representation of Mt Manaia rather than Mt Parihaka.

This reminds me of the view we get of Manaia as we crest the Bryderwyns, travelling North, telling us we are almost home.

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This JMF mug appears to be slipcast. Up until now I had been pretty confidant that my other JMFs were hand potted.
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