Saturday, 25 April 2015


I found this EE pattern, shape 210, 12 cm tall vase at Doncaster Racecourse antiques fair a couple of weeks ago.  Painted by Marjorie Batt in the late 1920's or early 30's.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Half Pint

Half the size, but the same shape as Blue Bird jug in the previous post, it was a happy coincidence finding this LT pattern jug on eBay.  Painted by Phyllis Ryall who worked at Poole from 1928 to '37 it was made in the early 1930's.  It has an impressed hexagonal trial mark (as so many pots seem to) and a inscribed shape number 320.
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.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Bluebird Pattern Jug

I found this Bluebird (PB) pattern jug at the Newark Fair last week.  I've managed to photograph it here so that you only get a glimpse of the tail feathers of the bluebird flying off to the left.  Shape number 319, it stands 6 inches tall, and was painted by Vera Bridle sometime between 1924 and 1933.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

New Room

I've finally finished decorating and installing the new cabinets in the spare room.  The cabinets all came from eBay in the end, as I couldn't quite find the right thing in Ikea.  

A Delphis Wall of Shape no. 3 and no. 4 round plates

Thursday, 2 April 2015

The Trouble with Bowls

Of course I had to bid for this beautiful CN pattern bowl when I saw it on eBay last year.  It was painted by Ethel Barrett in the mid 1920's, with really quite broad loose brush stokes, that belie the overall symmetry.  What's not to love?  Apart from it being a large 10 inch diameter bowl (shape 632) that makes it so hard to find space to display.
The struggle to find space has featured large for me this week.  I've had a few days off work, and have spent most of them decorating the spare room/pottery central and setting up some new display cabinets.  I will still be at it over the bank holiday, but sadly now realise that no matter how much extra shelf space, there will never be quite enough.  And probably not for this lovely bowl.
It least the pots on display are looking well curated, and I hope to share photos on here once done.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

New Exhibition

This up-coming exhibition of Poole Pottery from the 1960's has been organised by Graham Finch, a fellow collector of Poole Studio and Delphis ware.  Opening on 24th April at the Yingge Ceramics Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan, I just wish I was a little closer so I could see it.  It's great proof of Poole international following though and I wish you great success Graham.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

New Shape...

...Well new to me anyway.  I've wanted a vase in this mini 967 shape number for a long time so was really please to find this one painted in one of my favorite patterns (XP, Sweet Pea)  It was painted by Winifred Collett in the early 1930's.

Saturday, 7 March 2015


Although Poole collecting is very nerdish, I do want to make it clear that (generally) I have a much stronger emotional attachment to people than I do pots. Never-the-less pots do have a bit of a pul, and with pots I do feel emotions, such as interest, curiosity, joy and excitement (especially when I find something new) and maybe greed, avarice, pride.
Last week while clearing some shelves of pottery to make way for a new display case (that will never be big enough), I felt something new: It was oppression.  Standing in the spare room surrounded by Pottery on all four sides (five, if counting the boxed under the spare bed) that perhaps isn't surprising.  Maybe guests stopping over, although they have never said, might have felt the same in the past (perhaps thats why they never return?).
Anyway, the result is ten pots listed on eBay last week, including the cat-like face Delphis bowl above (shape number 57, painted by Anne Godfrey in the last 1960's).

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Green Ground

This is another vase I found at Newark before Christmas last year, butI forgot to post it with the others.  It's a good size, about 7 inches tall, shape 336 and made between 1934 and '37.  These tinted pastel grounds were used just for a couple of years and I've not seen many of these before. Sometimes they're a pinky colour too.  I just can't make up my mind whether I like it.
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