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Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

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Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Fri 25 Dec - 11:31

This Bellarmine was made by a New Zealand potter who is a favourite on this site.

It is about 200mm high.

Who do you think it was?



[Ev posted the photo for me. Thanks Ev.]

Oh, any ideas who the face might be?


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Re: Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Ev on Sat 26 Dec - 6:48

I am very familiar with Graeme Storm's beautiful salt glazed Bellarmines, but this definitely isn't his work. I can't tell who made it Jeremy, or who the face depicts.
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Post  Ev on Sat 26 Dec - 19:22

Does it have a mark? All potters of note marked their work in the 1970's.
I didn't but I put stickers on to say that I made the work ......
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Post  Kat & Co. on Sat 26 Dec - 19:51

is it made by Ian Smail? cat
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Re: Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sat 26 Dec - 21:52

Sorry, no Kat. Nice to see you back. I've been waiting.

Final clue (3) I think:
This bottle/jug is in the collection of Steve Fullmer.

The potter did a lot of work but rarely do you see a mark to identify it.
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Re: Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Ev on Sun 27 Dec - 12:38

Is it salt glazed?
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Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sun 27 Dec - 13:14

Still going?
I was going to give Kat a chance to see the last clue and then disclose.

It doesn't have the usual spotted appearance of salt glaze.
I do not think it would have been wood fired.

The glaze is unfamiliar to me and I do not recall seeing it on any other work by this potter.

The major clue is the popularity of the potter.
Those who I would think most likely to guess correctly are you Ev, haselnuss, mumof1, Kat & Co. and maryr, perhaps TonyK.
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Post  Kat & Co. on Sun 27 Dec - 21:27

Warren Tippett? no idea really just guessing confused cat
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Re: Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Jeremy Ashford on Sun 27 Dec - 21:41

Bellarmine, Daniel Steenstra, 1970s, from the private collection of Steve Fullmer, Tasman. (Steve later re-fired this a bit hotter in an attempt to get a bit of movement into the glaze with minimal success.) I think Steve said that Dan gave him this during their time together at Beach Artware. That works because Steve's description of the processes of making it indicates that he was present. After a lifetime of potting Steve still speaks with great respect of Dan's potting skills. A few movements of the fingers and the face is formed. The handle looks cast or pressed, but, again said Steve, a few tweaks to a pulled handle and this is the result. I did not measure the bottle but it is about 8 inches tall. I found it to be a bit heavier than I was expecting.

I don't recall Steve mentioning who the face was.

This kind of makes you wonder what else might be out there, huh!

I'm sorry I didn't get a full side view. We were a bit rushed and I wanted pics with an even background, so the camera was a bit high. It was a busy day cycling from Mapua to Motueka in which we visited and talked to Darryl Frost, Steve Fullmer, and Peter Vendelbosch, and I didn't get to write any notes until very late.

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I have just been looking at the vase Steenstra gave to Sharon and note some similarity in the glaze. Both pieces were giveaways. This could be a further indication of Steenstra's own choice when not working for someone else.
http://www.newzealandpottery.net/t6546-a-danny-steenstra-pot-from-sharon-s-collection#25853
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Re: Holiday puzzler: Steenstra Bellarmine

Post  Ev on Mon 28 Dec - 7:07

This did cross my mind, but there was nothing recognisable for me to see and I was thinking along the lines of a studio potter.
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