Your guide to antique pottery marks, porcelain marks and china marks Poole Pottery Marks Poole Pottery is based in the town of Poole in Dorset. They produce decorative and ornamental art pottery that has become very collectible. Poole was set up in as Carter and Co. By the early twentieth century, Poole Pottery began to produce more decorative and ornamental pottery intended for display, and since then they have never looked back.
Poole have become one of the leading factories producing art pottery alongside their tablewares and this has made them a very collectable factory. Art pottery manufacturers and designers tend to specialise in different things and in some cases it is novel shapes or surface patterns, in others the emphasis is on glaze effects. In the case of Poole Pottery, from its early days to the present the main thing that makes their art pottery distinctive is the use of hand painted decoration.
Poole Pottery Glazes and Decoration … The earliest pieces of art pottery made by Poole in the period from had rich lustre glazes with almost a metallic sheen to them. During the s Poole used the influences and styles of mediterranean peasant pottery for their own modern ornamental wares.
These were very popular and became a hall-mark of Poole Pottery — what has become known as their Traditional Wares. They were in production from the s to the s. They are still very popular today and are highly sought after by collectors.
As well as being influenced by outside artists, Poole Pottery also produced some of their own designers who went on to produce innovative and modern designs.
Truda Carter, Phoebe Stabler, Ruth Pavely and others working for Poole during the early twentieth century produced a range of designs that are now highly collectable. They adapted their floral and animal designs to a more abstract, angular and geometric style that was all the rage; and these Pole Pottery wares are now highly sought after by Poole Collectors. Another high point for Poole Pottery came in the s … Lucien Myres was appointed director of Poole and after post-war design council restrictions were lifted in , Poole sought to return to its art-pottery roots.
They began to develop a new and modern look in ceramics and Alfred Read was hired as chief designer. Poole Freeform was a new, more modern style, developed after WW2. Headed by Robert Jefferson and with Tony Morris as a key designer. From they produced a range of studio pottery that later became a model for the well-known, brightly coloured Delphis range of the s and s. Poole also produced two other noted art pottery ranges in the s: Atlantis and Aegean as well as some limited edition stoneware animal figures.
After falling into the design doldrums during the s and early s, Poole decided to return to its art-pottery influences in the late s It re-established the studio and began producing new ranges and also hired a number of independent artists and designers to produce one-off and limited edition designs for Poole e.
Poole is now back where it belongs, not only producing a wide range of useful tablewares but continuing to be at the cutting edge of art-pottery design in Britain. Poole Pottery marks appear on all but the very earliest pieces. The most common mark being the Dolphin mark.
The Carter Stabler Adams mark shown above is the earliest form of Poole pottery mark. The most affordable Poole is the tableware from any period. Made in large volumes it is very common and generally very cheap to buy. Indeed, in addition to new, still-in-production decorative items, most of the Poole items that you will see for sale on eBay and in auction houses are tablewares of little value.
Good if you want a cheap and stylish set of retro crockery for everyday use. The best and most collectable tablewares are probably the contemporary designs of the s. Ripple, Ariadne, Constellation and Feather Drift. All produced by a talented team of artists and designers who have their own individual marks, namely … Andrew Tanner.