thanks - I knew he'd go down well
He looks very anarchic/rebellious, which is why I love him I think.
He dates to 1995 signed on the base of the bottle so must have been made whilst James was at the International Glass Centre that year (The Dudley Museum site has three perfume bottles and 20th Century British Glass pictured ,stating Diploma Show 1995). The previous owner thought the head was signed JOR 19 but I think it is possibly signed JOR IG
which would tie in with International Glass.
The bottle is signed with (what looks like to me) either JP ORily or JP OReily with one 'l', whereas all other references have it as two ll's. Doesn't make any difference to my searches as it still throws up nothing.
Ref the similarities to DR ... well I've been doing a lot of looking and searching and yes David was making heads before 1995 if I recall what I read correctly - however, the only similarities I see are that they are both heads and possibly formed in a similar way, perhaps lost wax type technique thing (sorry I've not researched that bit terribly well yet and I don't quite understand all the technicalities of explaining it well) and kiln formed. The hair and the details on the face are to my eye, different from what I can see of DR's work - that said, I've always coveted a piece of his sculpture as well
but have yet to own one, so I'm only looking at pics, which is not always the best way.
I've looked for a link between the two but since I'm limited to almost no information on J oR apart from the ICG 1995, then all I've been searching for is a link between DR and the International Glass Centre and have found nothing for that period. I do believe that in order to use the ICG facilities at that time, the glass artist had to have done previous training/degree etc, so he may well have been taught by DR at some point. But I've still to find any link on that. I'm curious to know where I can find information on how many people would have been at the ICG at that point. I have found two others and possibly one more that were there in 1995.
I'm also curious about the Pyrex 2L bottle. The 'base' of this piece appears to be this. It has an etched mark on the side PYREX England 2L and has a very slight yellow tint in some lights especially neart hte base. I can't dfind any similar bottles in my searches but then Im probably not using the right keywords.
So... that's where I've got to so far.