Val Sparkes Shipping Forecast Large Jug

A handmade, colourful, studio pottery design inspired by the BBC Radio shipping forecast. New.
Maker: Val Sparkes
Availability: Out of stock.
Stock ID: 1669

What's for sale?

This is a large, handmade, colourful, earthenware jug by the British potter Val Sparkes. It has a wide, chunky form, with a large solid handle and wide spout.

This is her 'Shipping Forecast' design, comprising large blocks of colour and a lone figure walking along the inked outline of a cliff top. Over the top of this, in typewriter font, are extracts from a weather forecast and the names of some of the shipping areas found around the British coast.

If her earlier designs largely featured animals, the designs from the latter part of her career featured the sea. This 'Shipping Forecast' design was first introduced around 2013 and was inspired by the national shipping weather forecast broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

Click this link for an affectionate look at the shipping forecast.

Who made it and when?

This was made by the British potter Val Sparkes. She introduced the 'Shipping Forecast' range around 2013. This example would be among the last she produced before her retirement in 2018. Her printed mark on the base reads:

  • handmade
  • in ENGLAND
  • by val sparkes

What condition is it in?

  • New and unused, bought direct from the artist
  • In excellent condition

What are the measurements?

  • 10.5cm high (over 4 inches)
  • 24cm from spout to handle (9.5 inches)
  • 12cm wide (4.75 inches)
  • 649 grams
  • 1litre capacity

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Item Attributes
Attribute nameAttribute value
MakerVal Sparkes
Period21st century (2000 on)
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