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Pretty small vinegar jug handmade by Donald Mills in the 1950s. This piece of English studio pottery is covered with a light blue/green/grey glaze with small dark blue spots throughout.
It is about 3¾" (95 mm) high and in perfect condition, without chips nor cracks. As for many studio pottery pieces, this stoneware jug is very tactile, soft to touch and grainy.

The D.M. mark is painted on the base (please check picture) and refers to artist Donald Mills.
Mills was born is 1922 in south-east London and worked at the famous Leach Pottery in 1944. Mills had met Bernard Leach earlier at an exhibition where they were both demonstrating throwing. In 1945, Mill opened his own studio near London Bridge, where he worked with Eileen Lewenstein and Brigitte Goldschmidt (later Brigitte Appleby). He later worked for their studio, Briglin Pottery, where he was active as a thrower.

Mills's work is widely recognised and he has worked on more than one occasion for Royal Commissions. Some of his pots are today exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; you can see one of his dishes on the website of the V&A here:

Please let me know if you have any question about this piece,

thank you for looking!
Alexandra Domeracki

Small stoneware jug signed by Donald Mills, ex Leach studio Pottery 1950s, collectors piece, mid century design


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: stoneware, ceramic, pottery
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 51 reviews
  • Favorited by: 17 people

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