Friday, April 9, 2010

Pottery Marks of Prince Edward Island - Duffy Pottery


"Of the Isle" was a craft shop in Brackley, PEI that operated in the 1960's & 1970's by Mrs. Duffy from Charlottetown. Her son Philip Duffy, an Island potter at that time supplied her shop with pottery. His work was signed "Duffy PEI". Now a resident of the province of Quebec, Philip continues to pursue his ceramic interests in the sculptural side of the art, rather than in functional pottery. He wrote in 2012 to indicate how the shop building,
"Was bought and moved in the late 1970's  from Brackley to make into a cottage, it was a few miles north of the [Charlottetown] Airport, soon after Fair Isle Motel . . . my mother had at least 30-40 craftspeople represented in her shop, at the time. I loved all the variety, really fantastic, to see Levitt's woodturning -- no longer... Axel Johnson [woodturning]. When Moira and I went to see him in Little Sands, what a treat ! One time the road was blocked, June for road construction, we walk a half  mile, across fields, when we got got there, Axel, said 'Well I know the road is blocked, how did you get here?' Moira answered, well, 'We walked all the way from Charlottetown,' Axel was surprised, then, he said  'Well that will take some lard off your behind !' "

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