Saturday, 27 November 2010

Art Pottery Figures #1 G M Hibberd

This is the first of a series of postings concerning British Art Pottery figural sculpture. We are all familiar with artists such as Charles Vyse, the Martin Brothers, Stella Crofts and George Tinworth which are well researched blue chip products seen in Museums and top end galleries. We all dream about finding one for 50p at our local market but know we never will. More attainable are other competent artists such as G Hibberd, M Blyth, Aline Ellis, M S Binyon or Barry Pittar. So here we with first;

Gladys Mary Hibberd Exhibited 1927-35
Introducing Gladys, first encountered in gloomy general auction and bought with a group on Denby rabbits !! I thought this one might be a dead end but was pleased to discover her listed on the Encyclopaedia of British Artists.

Gladys is recorded as a Pottery figure artist who trained at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. She lived at 37 Mayon Road, Forest Hill, London and exhibited between 1927 and 1938. Including at the Society of Women Artist 2 works and at the Walker Gallery, Liverpool 2 works.

I hope that there is a relative out there who can expand this biography and send in more pictures.

I have only seen 2 items by this artist, both were of children and were hollow cast from a mould; which suggest that several of each were made.

The first figure was an appealing young blond haired child with their teddy bear, 13.5cm tall and 7cm wide and the other was a larger study of a boy with a menagerie of animals.

Both had an incised name "MARY HIBBERD" on the underside as shown in the picture below.

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