Ugly ART

ARTistic-U 31 August 2008 33

JB 1977

Hello all.

I’m looking for the artist that made THIS horrendous excuse for a cup.

It is inscribed with “JB 1977” and has a saucer to go with it.

Did you make it? It was found at Aussie Junk about a year ago.

Anyone know who made it? I need to know as I am doing some research and developing a site – more to come if I get an answer to this question.

Many, many thanks!

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33 Responses to Ugly ART
ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 8:51 pm 01 Sep 08

oops, I mean granny, not gladys. That’s my 88 year old brain at work.

ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 8:51 pm 01 Sep 08

gladys, good to hear you were laughing at the “gladys” plates. It’s kinda cute hey. I’ll be adding loads of modern art pieces in the coming weeks as I advertise at the cit, etc

Not a professional web designer by any means. I wouldn’t know how to write html if my life depended on it, but WYSIWYG is another story. Freewebs makes it easy, and the rest is just knowing when to stop, keep the colours crisp and clean, utilise a white background with no fancy crap, and write good content. Optimising it is another deal altogether. Thanks for your input and nice comments though.

Granny Granny 4:57 pm 01 Sep 08

I was laughing with your site not at it, but the same can’t be said for poor old great aunt Ethel and second cousin Gladys twice removed and their lovingly painted china plates. I felt terrible, but they did look funny all put together like that.

The site itself is one of the classiest and best-designed I have ever seen. Are you a web designer?

ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 4:14 pm 01 Sep 08

granny, 😉 I hope you were laughing at the cup and not my site … I spent days on that thing. Tell me you were laughing at the cup, please!

Granny Granny 4:01 pm 01 Sep 08

ARTistic-U said :

My website explains it – see

It is quite funny actually. I felt mean about laughing, but I couldn’t help it.

ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 3:45 pm 01 Sep 08

Aurelius said :

It’s a horrendous excuse for a cup, but you bought it?

Has it been cleaned since 77? Doesn’t look like it.

Haha, it’s even worse in real life. Ugly is an understatement. I buy homemade art. You know the “art” you created in grade 7 or at a pottery class? My website explains it – see

Granny Granny 2:26 pm 01 Sep 08

Ewwww, that’s gross! My imagination is filling in all the chunky bits.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 1:51 pm 01 Sep 08

I actually made something like that on the weekend. It was about 7:30am on Saturday after my morning coffee, then also on Sunday. Actually, my lunch doesn’t seem to be agreeing with me today, so I might go and make another at around 2pm.

Granny Granny 12:59 pm 01 Sep 08

You could write a good novel around this cup.

Aurelius Aurelius 12:58 pm 01 Sep 08

It’s a horrendous excuse for a cup, but you bought it?

Has it been cleaned since 77? Doesn’t look like it.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 12:51 pm 01 Sep 08

I’m in Canberra Potters. We’ve been around since ’75 – so someone who has passed through the doors may be responsible. That said – I doubt anyone will remember.

Now; I’m no expert, but that looks like cheapie student general purpose clay. It looks wheel-thrown by someone who was just learning. The base hasn’t been cleaned up, so either this was one of the first pieces that someone threw, or they just weren’t trying very hard. Maybe a kiddie? A school piece that a teacher marked the bottom of?

Glaze doesn’t give any clues either – pretty standard stuff that you’d get out of an electric kiln (the type they have in school art classrooms across the country).

Any other CPS folk lurking here care to correct/add anything? I’m pretty inexperienced, so they probably can.

peterh peterh 10:26 am 01 Sep 08

contact the canberra pottery club, used to be in watson, last i recall. they may know who did it.

ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 10:04 am 01 Sep 08

hehe, no Ant, it grew on me too. It’s my favourite piece now.

ARTistic-U ARTistic-U 10:03 am 01 Sep 08

Granny said :

It is a brilliant site.

Thanks Granny – it’s amazing what you can do with freewebs and it only took about a week or two to create.

Thanks for everyone’s humourous responses 🙂 – nice start to the day !

Did someone say Ming? Could it be? 😉 But judging from the state of this piece, it’d be more like, uuhm, Ding?

NH NH 9:55 am 01 Sep 08

Am I the only one who likes the mug?

Granny Granny 9:34 am 01 Sep 08

I love his work and know it well. However, I think you may be discounting the Baroque influence.

Danman Danman 9:05 am 01 Sep 08

Ming Dynasty – Johamitsu Bushidotsui – quite a famous potter in that 1677 era of potters

Thumper Thumper 8:33 am 01 Sep 08

At a rough guess I’d say, oh, late iron age, tending into the early years of Roman inhabitance….

Then again, i could be wrong…

Granny Granny 12:37 am 01 Sep 08

It is a brilliant site.

ant ant 11:55 pm 31 Aug 08

That writing scratched on the bottom is definitely not a sheltered workshop person. It’s just a person. Later on, most potters used a stamp.

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