I found this fascinating and beautiful group of studio pottery at Auction last week, and they just captivated me with their presence. All pieces are by the same potter and I am pretty confident that they are Latvian or Baltic going by the designs and motifs, and from seeing other almost identical Latvian pieces on sites such as The Baltic Shop.com
I am wondering though... if they were made in Australia by a Latvian potter post WW2, mainly because it seems odd to find a whole group of pottery by the same potter imported all the way from Latvia, and there were quite a few Latvian Artists came to live in Australia after WW2...Although I am not aware of any Potters. Also a fellow collector, Gail in Sydney, last year found an identical piece by the same maker.
I would love to here from anyone who might recognise the potters mark - or the motifs used. There are quite a few readers of this blog in Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic states - so I am hoping some of you might have some knowledge of this pottery :)
If from Latvia, (as opposed to Latvian Australian) they are most probably from the Latgale region of eastern Latvia where there is a large studio pottery industry. There are many different styles of pottery within the region - including lustre ware, blackened pottery, unglazed pottery, and pieces like the ones I have here. This YouTube video on some of the potters of the region is well worth a watch (ignore the patronising voice over though!). There are a few other videos, but this has the best production.