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Poole Pottery Timeline

The Carter name has been associated with pottery at Poole since1873, when Jesse Carter purchased the Architectural Pottery on the Poole’s East Quay.  By the early 1900’s the new company of Carter and Co. had established a solid reputation for the production of ceramic tiles and architectural finance.

In contrast, art pottery production was initially undertaken only on a small scale.  In the early 1990’s Owen Carter brought into greater focus to potting, when he began making lusterware vases, dishes and candlesticks, that were very much in vogue at the time.  However, this timeline starts with developments that were to first lead to large scale production of hand-made domestic earthenware pottery in the 1920's

 

 

    

                 Postcards

 

1914

 

 

 

Outbreak of World War I.  Defense of the Realm Act restricts production of decorative architectural tiles - Poole Pottery's major products at this time

Vorticism journal "Blast" published, edited by Wyndham Lewis it folded after the for 2nd copy.  Three years earlier Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and others form "The Blue Rider" group

James Radley Young establishes a small department, within the architectural pottery at Poole, to produce domestic pottery. Some of this was unglazed, but there was also a new pairing, of a red earthenware body with a white slip and a transparent tin glaze. These first “delft” vases were painted with simple "sprig" decoration and are synonymous with the Poole Pottery "Traditional ware" of later decades 1915

 

 

Art

 

 

On this side of the timeline I've listed significant historical events, together with external artistic influences which may (I have no evidence) have influenced later design.

 

Postcard of Durban War Memorial

New creative impetuous came when designers Harold and Phoebe Stabler and potters John and Truda Carter joined the factory and in 1921, and a new company was formed – Carter, Stabler and Adams.

Grape pattern designed by Erna Manners for Delft vase.  Over following years numerous similarly elaborate patterns would be designed by Truda Adams for decorating the Traditional wares

1921

 

 

 

 

Poole Pottery Traditional Grape Pattern 566/TR Erna Manners      Ruth Pavley joins Poole Pottery as a decorator 1922

 

                          Poole Pottery Traditional vase 354 OR Gertie Warren                  

1924

 

 

Andre Bretton publishes the Surrealist Manifesto, advocating Automatic Drawing (taking a line for a walk) seen in later works by Joan Miró and Paul Klee

 

 

 

1925

 

Paris International Exhibition popularises Jazz Modern (Art Deco) influences

 

Painting the design at Poole                                           Poole Pottery At Deco vase 205_BY_Nellie_Bishton                                      Poole Pottery Traditional vase 584_LD_Phyllis_Way    

                          Poole Pottery At Deco 288 EE Nellie Bishton                   

Picotee9no402  "Picotee" range devised by John Adams and Leslie Elsden

    "Everest" and "Plane Ware" created by John Adams 

1932

 

         Poole Museum display of Poole Pottery Everest wares           Poole Pottery Plane Ware bowl

 
Poole Pottery Traditional vase 354 V Myrtle Bond          Red earthenware body replaced by white earthenware

 

1934

 

Carter and Co.'s red clay pits are exhausted

 

Development of "Streamline" table ware range by John Adams

 

1935

 

 

 

Earnest Baggaley joins Poole Pottery and with John Adams develops  2-colour combination glazes later named "Twintone"

 

1936

 

          Poole Pottery twintone tea set C95

 
Production of decorative wears for home market stopped and production switched to produce plain Utility Wares 1939 World War II begins 
 

 

 

1947

 

Abstract Expressionism - Jackson Pollock starts to drip paint

 

 
Lucian Myers replaces John Adams as Managing Director

 

1950

 

Alfred Read Joins Poole as head of design

 

1951

 

Festival of Britain

 

1952

 

Restrictions lifted on sales of decorative ceramic wares to the home market

 

"Freeform" shapes designed by Alfred Read and Guy Sydenham

"Contemporary" patterns developed by Alfred Read and Ruth Pavley 

 

1953

 

 

Poole Pottery freeform vase PY350                                                                                                      

 
Robert Jefferson joins Poole

 

1958

 

 

 

     "Contour" table ware range designed by Robert Jefferson

 

1959

 

 

 

 
Robert Jefferson and Guy Sydenham relaunch Poole Studio as the "Crafts Section" producing the "Studio" forerunners of what was to become the "Delphis" range

herb garden oven to table     Poole "Oven to Table" ware designed by Robert Jefferson

1961

 

 

 

        Poole_Studio_Bowl_Patricia_Churchouse

        

Poole Pottery Compact trio.jpg (82877 bytes)  

"Compact" table ware range designed by Robert Jefferson

Stabler, Carter and Adams Ltd. officially renamed Poole Pottery

1962

 

 

 

 

  Tony Morris joins Poole Pottery

"Delphis" collection launched at Heal's department store, London

 "Green Diamond" Jars designed by Robert Jefferson

1963

 

 

        Poole Pottery Green Diamond Stroage Jars

Bokhara jam pot    "Bokhara" range of jars and vases designed by Robert JeffersonPoole Helios table lamp Robert Jefferson 1964                                   1964

 

 

Poole Pottery merger with Pilkington Tiles

 

 

      Poole Pottery Atlantis Guy Sydenham                        "Atlantis" range developed by Guy Sydenham 1969

Advertising

Aegean lamp base    "Aegean" range developed by Leslie Elsden 1970
Delphis glazes restricted to 4 basic colours and decorators paid at piece rates to increase speed of production

Poole Delphis 32 Cynthia Bennett

1971

 

 

 

Pilkington Tile's (and Poole)  taken over by Thomas Tiling Group

 

 

 

 
1973

 

Poole Pottery centenary

 

 
Poole Pottery Olympus bud vase       "Olympus" range designed by Ros Sommerfelt

 

1977

 

                                Thrower in the Poole Crafts Section

 
Crafts Section closes after several years of decline

 

1982

 

 

 

 

 

 Beginning my own Journey

 

 

 

 

 

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