Val Sparkes Small Shipping Forecast Jug

A handmade, colourful studio pottery jug inspired by the BBC Radio weather forecast. New.
Maker: Val Sparkes
Availability: Out of stock.
Stock ID: 1671

What's for sale?

This is a smaller earthenware jug, handmade by the British potter Val Sparkes. It has a chunky look, thick handle and a long and wide spout. It is the smallest of the three sizes of jug that she made in this range.

The graphics are of her 'Shipping Forecast' design, comprising large blocks of colour and a lone figure walking along a cliff top. Over this are typed extracts from a typical weather forecast and the names of shipping areas from around the British coast.

Her earlier designs, such as the 'Tiptoe' range tended to feature animals, but designs like this from later on 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?

    • 8cm high
    • 17.5cm from spout to handle
    • 9cm wide
    • 305 grams
    • 450ml capacity

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