photo Roger Hopkins
Carter & Company tubelined tile panel designed by Arthur Nickols, 1950's
There is no other pottery which has more consistently reflected the spirit of its age; from the art deco designs of the 1920's and 1930's to the clean modernist lines of the 1950's and the experimental work of the pop art era. And yet compared with other factories whose production was greater (and often mass produced) Poole Pottery is not widely collected. From a collectors point of view this is a good thing. Genuine rarities do not necessarily command high values and the enthusiastic collector can still turn up patterns and designs which have not previously been recorded.
Above - Poole Pottery is probably best known for the colourful hand painted floral designs created by Truda Carter painted on to hand thrown pots made from the deep red clay found locally. The pots were slipped with a white clay on the outside and the decoration was painted on to a clear glaze giving the pots a unique depth and warmth of colour. Pots produced by this method became known as ‘traditional’within the Company.
Above - traditional pattern HX
The Pottery remained open during the War with a skeleton staff producing mostly undecorated utility ware. The showrooms were taken over as a customs office by Imperial Airways, whose flying boat service to America and the outer reaches of the Empire had been moved from Southampton to Poole Harbour by the Air Ministry. The Empire Flying Boats carried 5 crew and 24 passengers, providing scheduled services from Poole Harbour from 1939 to 1948.
Above - detail from one of six 'ship plates' depicting the Short S23 C Class Empire Flying Boat 'Canopus' - from a drawing by Arthur Bradbury and painted by Ruth Pavely,1941.
Above - cabinet of contemporary and freeform pieces from the 1950's
Above - 10 inch studio plates by Tony Morris
Above - a rare framed 'Delphis' tile panel by Carol Cutler dating from the early 1970's
Tympanum at the entrance of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Beckenham, designed by Jessie Bayes and modelled by Carters (c1956).
Above - tiled panel from the reredos of St Mary the Virgin, Hounslow, designed by J.W.Ledger and painted by Phyllis Butler at the Hamworthy Tileworks in 1954.
POOLE POTTERY FOR SALE
From time to time pieces of museum quality may be offered for sale. Click on this link for more information.
Below - an article from the Spring 1997 edition of the former Poole Pottery Collectors Club magazine. The magazines are an excellent resource and most editions are still available. The fake cherubs which prompted the article turn up regularly on ebay and at auction houses.
All of the fake Poole Pottery that we have seen is of poor quality (or very obviously by another maker) and unlikely to pass as genuine.Some of the fake marks which turn up from time to time are shown below. The unlikely nature of the pieces on which they appear is probably the biggest clue that the marks themselves are not genuine.