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Poole Pottery Kitchen Jars, 1927

A significant change took place at Poole in 1934, when the the red earthenware clay used from the early 1920's onwards was replaced by white.  This was in part by necessity, because supplies of the local red clay were almost exhausted, but also it was a move towards a clay body that was better suited for tableware and for the more mechanized process of slip casting in moulds.  This change paved the way for the creation of the pots in the two galleries above, designed in the main by John Adams (Twintone Gallery) and Robert Jefferson.

The storage jars in the photo predate this change by close to a decade, but again by necessity they are also made from white earthenware.   They remind me a lot of T&G Green's blue and white Cornishware that began production a few years earlier, and they also have some similarity in their production methods.  These Poole jars and lids were hand-thrown and then turned to give the smooth sides and fine detail to the base and lids.  The white clay would then have been painted with a broad band of blue slip and fine lines of white slip applied over that.  Finally,  the lettering was carved through the blue slip to expose the white clay beneath.

 The big jars (with finials standing 19 cm tall) are for Tea, Coffee, Rice, Tapioca, Raisins, Sultanas and Salt: The small one (11.5 cm tall) is Pepper.  There are others: There's a Currants Jar, housed in the V&A which together with another Pepper is attributed to Margaret Holder c1927.  These were given to them by the British Institute of Industrial Art and were shown in the exhibition 'British Industrial Art for the Slender Purse', held at the V&A Museum, North Court, in November 1929.   So Currents might make up the full set, though I guess, Sugar, Flour, Semolina or Sago might also have been logical inclusions.

Poole also made red earthenware storage jars of similar shape, though without the turned base, that are covered as usual for the time in white slip and painted with blue lettering typical of Poole Pottery of this period.  These were made for Tea, Coffee, Rice, Tapioca, Raisins, but also Sago and Curry and there may be other variations.  Anyway,  I would like to complete my set if possible, though I think the V&A are unlikely to let me have theirs.


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Poole Pottery Art Deco Tableware

Poole Pottery Traditional "Delft" Decorated Breakfast Items


I've posted this image here as a reminder that lots of tableware can be found in the traditional galleries too, as well as the contemporary and miscellaneous galleries (Delphis plates were never intended for serving food - it's not a nice thought really).  


 At Poole breakfast appears to have been the most highly regarded of meals,  and egg cups,  preserve jars, muffin dishes seem to crop up fairly often (or maybe these items are just the ones that survive best, because no one ever ate a proper breakfast!)  With their tendency to craze, and their soft porous bodies, the traditional ware pots (above) may not make the most practical crockery, but wouldn't you wake up happy seeing these first thing in the morning.


And in case you want to know: Left to right, 4 egg cups, shape number 713 and egg cup tray, shape number 712, TO pattern painted by Nellie Bishton between 1927 and 1934; jug, shape number 328, AD pattern painted by Rene Hayes between 1924 and 1934; preserve jar, shape number 288, FW pattern painted by Margaret Holder between 1925 and 1934; and breakfast muffin dish (though the book says cheese box), shape number 978, OG pattern painted by Hilda Hampton between 1927 and 1934.


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Started December 2008                                                                                                                                                            Last updated: 27/05/2018