Identifying stamps from Hewitt Pottery

Identifying stamps from Hewitt Pottery

In order to make it easier to determine exactly who made a pot here at the W. M. Hewitt Pottery, and when it was made, we have listed below all the various stamps and markings that identify each pot made here. We hope this list will also be of interest to customers and collectors alike, and we encourage anyone with questions about individual stamps to get in contact with us.

Mark typically has two apprentices working with him, each of whom usually works at the pottery for about two years. All pots made at the W. M. Hewitt Pottery are stamped by the individual potter who made them, and each potter is responsible for making and decorating their own work. For instance, when Mark makes a pot, he glazes and decorates that pot and stamps it with his own individual stamp, and the number of the firing. Likewise, when an apprentice makes a pot, the apprentice decorates and glazes that pot and stamps it with the generic stamp of the pottery, their own initials, and the number of the firing. For example, the Spring 2015 firing was the 92nd firing of the salt kiln and the pots are marked 92.

After an apprentice leaves Pittsboro they may spend a few more years working or traveling before setting up their own potteries. Web site links and/or email addresses of each former and current apprentice are also listed in the table below if anyone would like to follow their progress.

It has come to our attention that pots made at the W. M. Hewitt pottery are sometimes incorrectly identified, particularly on eBay. Always remember, especially when buying on the secondary market, the Latin phrase “caveat emptor” or, “buyer beware.”

Mark Hewitt’s Stamps

1984 – 1995 WMH
1995 – current stamp-small
Willie Mark” – Hewitt’s “nom-de-terre,”
scratched on occasional pots that accidentally escape stamping

Additional number on pots

25 25th firing, December 1991
10 10th year anniversary firing, April 1994
xxxx Mark’s 40th birthday firing, November
1999 All pots made during 1999
50 50th firing, November 1999
00 All pots made in 2000
60 60th firing, April 2003
66 66th firing, April 2005
69 69th firing, April 2006
71 71st firing, August 2006
72 72nd firing, December 2006
The numbering pattern continues with the number on the pot reflecting the number of the firing.
Occasional glaze experiment abbreviations/indicators
are incised on the bottom of pots too.

Letters identifying pots from the new kiln

February 2007 (Test Firing) A stampa-sm
May 2007 B stampb-sm
The lettering pattern continues….

Apprentice stamps

NAME & link to current web site or email DATES STAMP
Martin Simpson Mark’s English friend and traveling potter who has worked at the pottery for a few months most years since 1990 WMH
Charley Pritchard
1994 – 1996 WMH
Joe Christensen
1996 – 1997 WMH
“O” for Joe
Daniel Johnston
1997 – 2001 WMH
Nate Evans
1997 – 1999 WMH
E(1999 changed to NE )
Hallie Hite
1998 – 1999 WMH
Matt Jones
Fall 1999 WMH
Eric Smith
2000 – 2002 WMH
Joe Cole
2001 – 2003 WMH
Chris Early
2002 – 2004 WMH
James Olney
2002 – 2004 WMH
Zac Spates
2003 – 2006 WMH
Lara O’Keefe
Fall 2005 WMH
Aaron Weaver
2005 – 2008 WMH
Noah Riedel
2006 – 2008 WMH
Joseph Sand
2006 – 2009 WMH
Eryn Prospero
Summer-Fall 2008 WMH
Alex Matisse
2008 – 2009 alexstamp
Julie Jones
2009 WMH
Brad Lail 2010-2011 bradstamp
Seth Guzovsky 2010-2012 sethstamp
Mark Kozma 2012-2014 WMH
Adrian King 2013-2016 WMH
Hamish Jackson 2015- WMH
Stillman Browning-Howe 2016- WMH