Ha ha..... I have a new pottery crush! I LOVE this crazy creature.
I popped in very briefly on my way to pick the boys up from school and there it was in the temporary exhibition. It solved the puzzle for me as it had BRUIN written across it's belly. That's a Bear then. It's an old English word derived from the Dutch for brown. He has a long tail for the handle, which i doubt any bear has actually had! I shall definitely be making a version of these one day. It said it was probably made in Sussex, but I doubt it, from the very little knowledge i do have. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on it and have a closer inspection. Mystery solved. Well, as to what it is, but not about it's maker. Pottery, slipware, sgraffito, form, function, lovely bold direct mark making, great galena glaze with it's beautiful rich colours... and a bear... a bruin!!! when's our next date?