I love the early Carter and Co, tin glazed, Blue Stripe pots and this one, that came from eBay 2 weeks ago, is my best yet. It's just 5 inches tall, potted from white stoneware, and has a particularly thin application of the white slip these pots were dipped in, leaving exposed much of the rough stoneware surface. There are some thicker globs of slip around the rim, but the over all surface has a parchment quality that adds to the watercolour on paper look of the blue painted lines. Its signed with the MC mark used by Sissey Collett.
Monday, 25 May 2015
Friday, 22 May 2015
One thing I love about this pattern, is how it exemplifies so well a Poole style that spans time, from the earliest tin glassed vases designed by James Radely Young in the 1910's, through to the contemporary patterns of the 1950's that are still so typical of their age. There's really no difference between pots made over a time of such massive change, that even forced the closure of the factory for 5 years during the second of the two world wars within it. The pots all have the same colour glazes, the same infilled shapes and wiggly lines: Some of them were painted by the same women.
This pot has on its base the DM initials of a painter that still hasn't been identified, the shape number 353, a white spot that's possibly a trial mark and the first CSA factory stamp.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 11:45
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Sissie designed patterns for Poole. as well as painting them. The Hayward and Atterbury book does not show dates for when Sissie worked, but does identify some early sprig patterns that she designed in 1921. The pot I own that caries this MC mark http://robspoolepotterycollection.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/any-excuse also dates to 1921.
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 15:53
Saturday, 25 April 2015
Saturday, 18 April 2015
A lot of the Poole shapes come in 3 or 4 graduated sizes and getting the same shape in different sizes (ideally with the same or a related pattern) is a nice, if a little nerdish, way to build a collection. I have a cream jug with the same overall proportions shape number 326 and there could be one mid-sized between that and this LT jug.