Date & Origin
England Rugby, c1963
Excellent, age-related wear as shown, no chips cracks or restoration
Height: 13.5cm, Diameter: 10.5cm
A superb Studio Pottery Puzzle Mug by Peter Ilsley dating to 1963.
Peter Ilsley was a self-taught ceramic artist who achieved world fame. He died in 2014. He became a full-time potter in the late 60’s and was also an actor who played minor roles in several TV series including Dr Who, Basil Brush and Z Cars.
Peter was also chairman of the Midland branch of the Craft Potters Association. A proud follower of the Arts and Crafts Movement, inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris, he specialized in hand-thrown vases and bowls and conducted hundreds of experiments in his ground breaking development of spectacular crystalline glazes.
Peter wrote a book, “The Challenge of Crystals” published in 1999, which led to him being in demand for exhibitions, lectures and workshops in Asia, America, Canada, and throughout Europe. The Chinese invited him to demonstrate to a huge audience of ceramicists at Beijing University.
The puzzle mug was one of his creations ... To Drink and not to spill will try the utmost of your skill.