Sunday 5 August 2018

Sunday Snap – The Pottery

We were in Edinburgh for last week's Sunday Snap of the Detective's Pub. I asked which fictional police officer created by Ian Rankin liked to drink in there and the answer is

John Rebus

Cracking the case with the right answer were Susan, Soma, Anne and Cheryl.

This week we have travelled down to Dorset. The year on the quayside the pottery has reopened. The original company was established in 1873 by Jesse Carter. The pottery primarily made architectural ceramics but then became well known for its decorative tiling. Jesse handed over the business to his son Owen but when he died in 1919 a new direction was taken. Owen's nephew |Cyril Carter took the business on and brought designers John Adams and Harold Stabler on board to form Carter, Stabler and Adams. Both Adams and Stabler were married to designers and the work of Truda Adams and Phoebe Carter became influential not only in the pottery designs but also the success of the pottery.

During the 1920s and 1930s the pottery became well-known for its highly stylised art deco ceramics and decorative floral designs. Just before the outbreak of war a design for tableware was introduced. After the war it was relaunched under the name 'Twintone'. There was no decoration on the items but they were characterised by having one colour on the outside and a coordinating colour on the inside. A very different design turn was taken in the 1960s with the brightly coloured Delphis range which was followed by Aegean. The fortunes of the pottery took a turn for the worst in the 21st century with large tableware ranges and individually made decorative items falling out of fashion and being replaced by cheap imports. After a succession of owners it was bought by Denby in 2011. They closed the famous pottery on the quayside and transferred production to Staffordshire. A campaign was set up and a shop and studio was re-opened on the site in March 2018.

The pottery is named after the harbour town it was established in with its emblem being a dolphin. This week's question is

What is the name of the pottery?

We were joined last week by Susan with rainbows and unicorns. Soma has been painting and photographing thistles. Some of Sara's favourite things this week include an unusual white hydrangea, sweetpeas, a delicate mix of pinks and lilacs in a wedding bouquet and an accompanying wrist corsage. The birthday girl at Anne's decorated her own cake. Kara and family have been having fun at Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle with some tree climbing. In Hastings Cheryl found the highest point. In the Netherlands Iris has been in holiday mode.

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  1. I’m not sure about this. Is it Poole pottery? Don’t think so, but I remember hearing about it on the antiques roadshow x

  2. I has to be Poole Pottery.
    Thanks for hosting x

  3. It's Poole Pottery, the kids love popping to make plates - always scared they are going to break something though LOL


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