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Lustre ware


Carter's Tiles produced lustre glazed tiles from about 1896. Following experiments carried out by Owen Carter the production of decorative lustre wares began in 1900, initially at the Hamworthy Tileworks. The panel of lustre glazed tiles shown above was made for the Carter factory, c1905 and is now on public display in the quayside development on the site of the former Pottery. 'This highly decorative panel shows the faience of both William de Morgan and the Art Nouveau styles then in vogue' [description Poole Pottery, Hayward and Atterbury] 





Above - stoneware wall charger in a blue and ruby lustre glaze with a galleon in relief designed by James Radley Young, diameter 16 inches.




Above - stoneware vases with ruby silver and blue lustre glazes, early 1900's.


Most of the lustre glazed pieces shown here were produced between 1900 and 1908, although some production continued until Owen Carter's death in 1919 (see 'Smoke Reduced Lustre Wares', Leslie Hayward for Poole Pottery Collectors Club, 1998). The glazes used to create the lustre effect contained oxidised copper or silver. Smoke was produced in the kiln in order to exclude oxygen allowing a chemical process of reduction to take place. There is a detailed description of the process in The Poole Potteries by Jennifer Hawkins (1980).



Above - shouldered vases with a golden lustre glaze, height a little over 6 inches.


The reduction process was not an accurate science. The intention was for the reduced metals to form a thin lustrous layer across the pot surface. On occasions this produced a variety of interesting and attractive effects. 

                                          image by Simon Curtis


Vase (4.5 inches) in ruby and gold lustre glazes. Incised 'Carter and Co' mark, 1907.




Above - green lustre vase incised 'Carter's Poole 1903', height 5 inches.





 Above - green, ruby and blue lustre glazes.





Above - lustre glazed grey stoneware vases with applied lizard relief decoration, probably by Lily Gilham. Leslie Hayward attributes the unusual glaze effect to be the result of overfiring or under reduction which may or may not have been deliberate.




Stoneware candlesticks and vase and  in a golden lustre glaze.




Above - incised marks on the base of the stoneware lustre vase shown above, in use 1900-1908.