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.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Up market

There are a few different candlesticks in my collection.  Most of them are really quite rustic looking. I found this rather grand looking John Adams candlestick on a shopping trip to the Salt Mill Antiques Centre just before Christmas last year.  I've found a few really nice pots there, and I half want to keep the place secret, but when it comes to pottery I cant keep anything to myself.  The candlestick was designed between 1928 and 1929 and exhibited at the British Industries Fair in 1931. They were made in several different colours and had either one, two, three or five branches.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Comic Bird

I found this vase on eBay recently.  The pattern is QB, and commonly known as Comic Bird.  I often think the bird has a bit of a G W Bush look  and I end up referring to it as Dumb Bird instead.  At 5 inches tall, this is a decent sized vase for this pattern, it's shape number 169 and painted by Doris Marshall in the late 1920's or early '30.  I though I had a real bargain when I bought it, but when it arrived I soon spotted a faint hairline crack running up to the rim.  I've not raised it with the seller though, as I think I still got my monies worth.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Blue Triangles

 There's not much to say about this vase other than it gorgeous.  The pattern code reads GR, though it's not easy to make out.  The shape number is 345 and it was painted by Ethel Barrett in the early 1920's.  The pattern is the same as these earlier Carter and Co vases.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Fond Farewell

These two pots were both painted by Doris Marshall who worked at Poole from 1926 to 1936.  On the right is YW pattern, shape no. 199; and on the left RS pattern, shape no. 570.  They were spotted on my website recently by a member of Doris' family and we agreed a sale.  As much as I love Poole Pottery, this was certainly one of the happier sales that I've made, thinking that they have returned back to the family of the woman who painted them all those years ago.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Good Ikea

This vase is a 1950's remake of the classic Chinese Blue glazed pots that John Adams was making in the 1920's and 30's.  Shape number 116, the glaze is much thinner and more uniform, and probably better behaved and consistent than those earlier pots, but the beauty is still in the running of the glaze exposing the red clay at the rim.
Sadly though, this is just one more pot with nowhere to go, as the last inch of space on my various overcrowded shelves and display cases was used up several weeks back.  It would be such a shame to hide any more pots away under the spare bed (even if there was any room there).  There nothing for it but to get some new display cases.
So I'm heading to Ikea tomorrow, for the start of what will be a fairly major project redecorating the spare room.  I'm quite excited at the prospect.  Decanting all the pots from their current home to other rooms around the house, I will take some pleasure from, though my partner may not. And I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the end result, particularly having been inspired by the well displayed collections below.

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