Wednesday, 16 September 2015
After five years of determined blogging, this my second blog, has again been slightly over taken by events.
My first allotment blog had to end, along with my allotment tenancy 3 years ago, all because full time work got in the way. Now this blog is thwarted by a return to part time education, So while I still be collecting Poole, I might not have so much time to share all of my finds.
I bought the vase above a fair few months ago. I thought the Chinese blue bird pattern worked quite well on this shape, and at 9 inches tall it's a good size. The pattern is PN and was painted by Anne Hatchard in the mid 1920s.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Friday, 14 August 2015
Arrrrrrh! Half drunk on a Friday night, I can contain myself no more. Signing up for the latest Stonewall.org.uk campaign my employer is now looking for straight allies and fight my (gay) corner. Am I the only gay man that is uneasy about Stonewall.org.uk representing me?
Like every other gay men my age, I grew up with my sexuality more or less criminalised. As a young gay man, I've enjoyed breaking the law on many occasions and my current employer would certainly have stacked me at the time, had I been caught.
That all changed because of me and the actions of hundreds of thousands of other gay men and lesbians, some of them paid a huge price. The law and society changed because of mass sexual disobedience. Straight allies did not do that, they cannot understand how it was, or how it is now, no matter how lovely they are.
I worry that when your persecutor becomes your champion in one fell swoop, maybe they have just found some other way of treading you into the ground.
Above, is a plate from about the time when homosexuality was partially decriminalised, painted by Jean Millership.
Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Monday, 20 July 2015
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Having got that off my chest, I just wanted to say how glad I am about Greece's vote against austerity tonight. For a long time I've seen myself as pro European, but with a UK EU referendum planned, the chance to throw a spanner in the works of an anti democratic, market orientated Europe. with London bankers at it's financial center. makes a No vote really quite appealing. Calling the bluff on David Cameron's inept politicking would be the cherry on the cake.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
http://www.robspoolepottery.co.uk/traditional_poole_geometric_vases.htm#VX A vase that I found in Newark several years ago, sometime before starting this blog. On a vase that size this pattern is reduced to being a small if decorative border. Here, painted by Marian Heath in the late 1920's, it completely covers this pot.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Saturday, 13 June 2015
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Monday, 1 June 2015
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Monday, 25 May 2015
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.
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.
Monday, 13 April 2015
Sunday, 12 April 2015
Thursday, 2 April 2015
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
Posted by Rob Barnsley at 11:43
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Saturday, 7 March 2015
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
Sunday, 15 February 2015
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Sunday, 1 February 2015
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
Saturday, 24 January 2015
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.
Friday, 16 January 2015
I guess I'm becoming quite a seasoned collector, so it's lovely finding vases like this one with patterns that I've not seen before. The Pattern is NA, painted by Anne Hatchard, shape number 349 and quite a dark red clay, and grey coloured ground that dates it to between 1922 and 1924.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Saturday, 3 January 2015
This one was also a birthday present from last month, given to me again by my friend who I occasionally go to Newark and other fairs with. We found this pot together in an antiques center in Salts Mill, Saltaire that always has a good selection of Poole and other classy stuff that my friend also likes. He's been keeping it safe for the past 6 months of so, so I'd half forgotten what it looked like until I unwrapped it. Shape number 353, painted in HI pattern, designed by Truda Carter in an unglazed style that was a development on the earlier unglazed wares designed by Jame Radley Young. It was painted by Majorie Cryer in the late 1920's or very early 30's.