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Earthenware vase with workforce signatures - c.1930

Earthenware vase with workforce signatures, © Wedgwood Museum
    Earthenware vase with workforce signatures
    © Wedgwood Museum

Vase; each leaf signed by member of workforce as a leaving gift for an apprentice called Chapman. Veronese glaze, sgraffito leaf design. Earthenware. Thrown by Fred Halfpenny, turned by W Jinks, designed and decorated by Harry Barnard c.1930

Vase; each leaf signed by member of workforce as a leaving gift for an apprentice called Chapman. Veronese glaze, sgraffito leaf design. Earthenware. Thrown by Fred Halfpenny, turned by W Jinks, designed and decorated by Harry Barnard c.1930

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1930
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Decoration: sgraffitto
  • Accession number: 5878

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  • Harry Barnard

    Harry Barnard (1862 - 1933)

    Harry Barnard left school at the age of 15 to work in a modelling shop in London, he later left this position to enrol at the Royal School (now Royal College) of Art where he studied drawing and modelling. In l880 he joined the Doulton Lambeth Studios, working under the supervision of Mark Marshall. At the age of 22 he was the under-manager of the extensive studios (which then employed 325 women and 45 men and boys). All the work produced was hand-crafted. In February 1895 he left Doulton to join the Cobridge based firm of James Macintyre. A year later he joined the Wedgwood factory at Etruria. He was able to apply his expertise in hand-crafted wares - for example slip decorating, jewelling, sgraffito and pate-sur-pate to its fullest extent. He utilised his art techniques on traditional Wedgwood Ceramic bodies, such as Jasper and Black Basalt. He also produced designs for production in bone china, stone ware, Majolica and tiles. For a number of years between 1902 and 1919 he became the Wedgwood London Manager, returning to the factory he collaborated on special projects such as a new edition of the famed Portland Vase. He also assisted extensively with the factory Museum, and both wrote and lectured on Wedgwood ware and history. He continued to design and decorate individual art wares until his death in 1933.

Glossary

  • Sgraffito

    Sgraffito

    Sgraffito is a technique in ceramics where two successive layers of contrasting 'slip' (liquid clay) are applied to an unfired ceramic body and then scratched to produce an outline drawing. The technique can also apply to wall decor where layers of plaster are tinted in contrasting colours.