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Contemporary and Freeform Gallery

 

The Poole pottery on this page dates from the mid-1950’s.  Most of the shapes were designed by Alfred Read and Guy Sydenham, who were inspired by Scandinavian studio pottery of the time.  Originally, these "Contemporary" shapes were all hand thrown, but later the irregular “Freeform” shapes were slip-cast in moulds.

 

It was Guy Sydenham's intention that these new shapes would be simply finished, in two colour glazes that would allow the form to speak for itself.  But for me, at least half of, Poole Pottery is all about decoration, and I think the patterns below actually help to accentuate the shape, whether they work with, or against the contours of the pot.  The majority of the patterns shown here were designed by Ruth Pavely in 1956-57, the rest (YFC, PRB, PQB, OK, OS, NN and OV) by Alfred Read in 1953 and '54.

 

What I love so much about these pots, apart from the fantastic 1950's style, is that they're usually in such great condition.  Unlike the earlier pots which invariably have (lovely) crazing, it's rare to find one of these crazed.  Although over 50 years old, they look like they were made yesterday.

 

 

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Poole Pottery Contemporary Freeform Vase PY350

Poole Pottery Contemporary Vase HYL650

Small Poole Freeform vase, shape No.350 (9.5cm tall). Totem pattern (PY elaborate) Painted on Alpine White with Mushroom Pink interior, by Diane Holloway (1952-58)

Small Poole Freeform vase, shape No.650 (7cms tall).  Horizontal Rope pattern (HYL elaborate) Painted on Alpine White with Mushroom Pink interior, Ann Wiffen(1956-62) 

 

 

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Graduated Poole Pottery Contemporary Pattern Vases

Graduated Freeform vases in patterns designed by Ruth Pavely on Alpine White with Mushroom Pink Interiors.

From Largest to smallest; shape number 653 (14cm tall), Tadpoles pattern (PX simple) painted by June March (1957-61); shape number 652 (10.5cm tall), Burst pattern (PV simple) painted in Terracotta  Red and Glacier Blue by Patricia Brown (1956-62)number651 (8.3cm tall), Butterflies pattern (PT simple) painted by June March (1957-61); shape number 650 (7cms tall), Stars pattern (FSU simple) painted by June March (1957-61)

 

 

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Contemporary Poole Pottery in patterns designed by Alfred Read in Smoke and Bracken Colour Glazes

Back; shape number 145 (32cm long) Cucumber Dish designed by John Adams.  ROC Elaborate design painted in Bracken, Smoke and Black and White on  Alpine White glaze by Diane Holloway 1952-58.. Front left; shape number 185 (12cm tall) again designed by John Adams, YFC pattern painted on in Bracken, Smoke and Black on  Alpine White with Mushroom Pink interior by Silvia Davis 1952-62.  Front right; shape number 709 (14cm tall) Designed by Alfred Read and Guy Sydenham,  PRB pattern vase painted in Bracken, Black and White on Alpine White by Pat Dightam 1953-58.

 

 

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Back left, lampbase, shape number 197A, 12 cm tall, PQB pattern painted in Bracken and Tropic Turquoise 30 on Alpine White by Pat Dightam 1953-58; centre, bowl, shape number 221, 15 cm in diameter, PQB pattern painted by Pat Dightam 1953-58 ;and back right, vase, shape number 684, 15.5 cm tall, PRB pattern painted in Bracken, Black and White on Alpine White by Gwen Haskins between 1955 and 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallpaper

The Contemporary designs show here are reminiscent of, and some were inspired by, the fabric designs and even wallpapers of the time.  All part  the 1950's "new look".  So, in recognition of these pots roots, the link above will take you to a page of Poole designs to download as wallpaper for your desktop.  And, if anyone's handy with a sewing machine, they'd also make for smashing curtains.

 

 

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Poole Pottery Contemporary Cruet UIL

Condiment set no. 335, painted by Gwen Haskins (1938-77).  Slits pattern (UIL simple).  Painted in Lime and Charcoal on Alpine White by Gwen Haskins (1938-77)

 

 

Poole Pottery Contemporary Pattern Preserve Jars

Right, jam pot no. 286 Ripple pattern (OV),  painted in Purbeck Grey and Lemon Yellow on Alpine White with Sepia eggshell glaze interior and lid.  Left, jam pot no. 288 Constellation pattern (OK),  painted in Purbeck Grey and  Terracotta Red on Alpine White with Sepia eggshell glaze interior and lid by Pat Dightam (1953-58).  Front, mustard pot no. 276 Feather Drift pattern (NN), painted in Tropic Turquoise 30 and Black on Alpine White with Mushroom Pink interior and lid.

 

The OV, OK, NN and OS patterns above and shown on dinner plates below were designed by Alfred Read in 1953

 

 

 

Contemporary Pattern designed by Ruth Paveley

Shape number 145 (32cm long), Cucumber Dish  

painted in ROL Elaborate design by Diane Holloway 1952-58

 

 

Contemporary Pattern designed by Ruth Paveley

Shape number 145 (32cm long), Cucumber Dish  

painted in TNC design by Gwen Haskins 1938-77

 

I always think these dishes look a bit incongruous especially the TNC pattern: The kitsch cucumber shape designed I think by John Adams in the 1930's, and the pattern from the atomic 1950's by Ruth Pavely.  The form insists on been a cucumber with its little tail-end, but the pattern keeps trying to turn it into some sort of futuristic Zeppelin with little red electrons all excited on the surface

 

 

Contemporary Feather Drift NN designed by Alfred Read in 1953

Dinner Plate (25cm) Feather Drift pattern (NN). Painted in Tropic Turquoise 30, Purbeck Grey and Black (Not Dark) on Alpine White glaze

Contemporary Ripple OV designed by Alfred Read in 1953

Dinner Plate (25cm) Ripple pattern (OV). Painted in Purbeck Grey and Lemon Yellow on Alpine White glaze

Plate shape designed by Alfred Read in 1953

 

Contemporary Ariadne OS designed by Alfred Read in 1953

Dinner Plates (25cm) Ariadne pattern (OS)  Painted in Terracotta Red and Glacier Blue on Alpine White glaze by Iris Downton (1954-61)

 

Although at first sight some of these patterns appear random, when you compare these two plates, you can see they're virtually identical and it's clear just how accurately the patterns were transcribed.

 

 

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