Troika marks and artists monograms are present on all Troika pottery pieces.
Almost all Troika pottery was made in moulds, with most items having one basic mould.
Textured pieces had moulds with several different designs and decorators were given the freedom to modify textured moulds providing principal colour combinations were used.
Troika pottery marks are handwritten and Troika artists monograms can vary over time.
Particularly when female artists married and changed their surnames, as with Honor Curtis/Perkins.
In addition several artists had matching initials, as with Stella Benjamin and Sue Baden.
Both the above artists used the initials 'SB', and the monogram has to be visually checked to make sure the Troika piece has the correct attribution.
Example Troika Marks, Artists Monograms and Production Period Dates
|Mary Baker (MB) - 1970's||Sally Bart (SB) - 1970's||John Bedding (JB) - 1967 to 1968|
|Roland Bence (RB) - 1965 to 1968
1970 to 1981 Pottery Manager
|Stella Benjamin (SB) - 1963 to 1967||Avril Bennet (AB) - 1973 to 1979|
|Teo Bernatowitz (TB) - c1974||Penny Black (PB) - 1960's to 1976||Sue Bladen (SB) - 1975|
|David Bridge (DB) - 1969 to 1970||Alison Brigden (AB) - 1977 to 1983||Penny Broadribb (PB) - 1975 to 1976|
|Honor Curtis (HC) - 1969 to 1973||Tina Doubleday (TD) - 1977 to 1979||Vicky Drew (V) - 1980|
|Beverley Ellwood (BE) - late 1970's||Jane Fitzgerald (JF) - 1976 to 1983||Louise Graham (LG) - 1970's|
|Julian Greenwood-Penny (JP) - 1977-1983||Linda Hazel (LH) - early 1970's||Judith Illsey (JI) - 1980|
|Leslie Illsey (LI) - 1963 to 1983||Holly Jackson (HJ) - 1977 to 1978||Louise Jinks (LJ) - 1976 to 1981|
|Anne Jones (AJ) - 1976 to 1977||Simone Killburn (SK) - 1975 to 1977||Anne Lewis (AL) - 1966 to 1972|
|Sue Lowe (SL) - 1976 to 1977||Marilyn Pascoe (MP) - 1960's to 1974||Honor Perkins (HP) - 1968 to 1973|
|Tasmin Ruhrmund (TR) - 1978||Benny Sirota (BS) - 1963 to 1980||Linda Taylor (LT) - 1965 to 1975|
|Sylvia Vallence (SV) - 1967 to 1969||Annette Walters (AW) - late 1970's||Shirley Wharf (SW) - 1979 to 1981|
Recommended Reading for Troika Pottery ...
Troika 63-83 is a book published on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Troika Pottery Company.
It details how the mould-cast sculptural pieces developed, the materials used and even tin glazed pieces by Brancusi and Klee.
And how Aztec designs influenced the decoration and the heavily textured pottery that became the Troika trademark
It is definitely recommended reading for the serious Troika pottery collector and can be found in most good bookstores or libraries.
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