Posted 4 years ago
Very rare early Donald & Elizabeth Swan studio pottery bowl. Picotee spray-reactive white & turquoise glaze on a red earthenware body. The base has black painted numerals 105 with Castle an Dinas incised pottery mark, a cross over a circle within circle, possibly a experimental piece. Date: 1965s - 1972s. Leach Connection. Condition: Excellent studio pottery condition with no cracks or chips.
Donald & Elizabeth Swan - Castle an Dinas Pottery 1965 -1972, Castle Gate, Nancledra near Penzance, Cornwall UK
Approx measurements: 2" (5 cm) high x 4" (10.2 cm) in diameter.
Both Leach trained potters. Donald also studied pottery and ceramic design techniques with Bernard Leach. In the mid 1960s they left the Leach pottery to set up there own pottery 1965 - 1972 at the above details. They mostly produced terracotta, but some stoneware, functional decorative wares with some sculptural pieces. His pots are very far and few between.
Glazes Used: Local Ash Glaze, Picotee Reactive Glazes, On Glaze Decoration. Kiln: Electric.
Donald closed the pottery in 1972 and moved back to Scotland were he was born, both set up there new Cumbrae pottery in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland 1972 - 1985. From 1985 Donald moved on to painting art and after a while they both returned to Cornwall where Donald continued is love for painting up until he passed away in 2005 in Penzance.