Thursday, 26 April 2012

Poole Pottery

Hi everyone,
I have been a collector and lover of Poole pottery for a long time and now have a few pieces avaliable in my shop so I thought I would give you some of the history behind Poole Pottery.

As the name suggests Poole pottery can trace its origins back to the beautiful and majestic English seaside town of Poole, Dorset which is close to where I was born and grew up. Dorset’s breathtaking landscape, quaint charm and awe inspiring vistas are world renowned and have inspired artists such as Turner as well as being the long-time home of novelist Thomas Hardy. In that same vain Poole Pottery seeks to capture the essence and spirit of one of the few truly unspoiled pieces of the English countryside. There is truly nothing quite like sitting by the waters at Poole harbour or soaking up the atmosphere of a long summers day amid the cottages and cobblestones. Of course no perfect day would be complete without a lovely cup of tea from one of the many quaint cafes dotted along the Western coastline. Poole pottery is the perfect accompaniment to this storybook setting. 

A photograph of one of my favourite beaches in Poole in the summer time.

Poole Pottery is steeped in history and tradition. It began making its elegant pieces on the Poole quayside where it continued to craft pottery by hand. Although production has moved away from Poole in recent years you can still visit their workshop on the quay which is home to many talented artists hard at work crafting the latest designs. Poole pottery prides itself on a ‘history of design and innovation [that] includes many distinctive contributions to such periods and movements as the late Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism.’ The beautiful pieces we have in stock in The Dorothy Days not only carry within them the history and tradition of this charming place but are also examples of brilliant artistic innovation that was truly ahead of its time. The pieces are sturdy and rugged enough to meet most needs as well as being beautiful enough to be appreciated for their own sake proudly displayed on the mantel or in a glass cabinet. I guarantee you it won’t be long before you and your friends will want to break them out and have a nice cup of tea or coffee  ;)

Our pieces are wonderful examples of the Twintone designs cultivated and crafted at Poole Pottery in the 1940’s. Twintone pieces, based on the two colour principle, continued to be produced right up until 1981 and are popular with collectors, aficionados and tea lovers to this very day. OurIce Green and Seagull coffee cups and saucers (avaliable in a set of 2 or just 1 by itself) have a minimalist charm that manages to be both vintage and trendy. 
Set of 2 Poole potter coffee cups (single cup also avaliable in my shop)

The Sepia and Mushroom Jug combines the earthiness and elegance of English coastal villages. Part of me wants to take them on a picnic whilst lazing in the rolling green fields soaking up the English summer sun.
Mushroom and Sepia jug/ creamer which is avaliable in my shop

I hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about the history of Poole Pottery and remember...The Dorothy Days pieces make wonderful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions...or just because. So why not treat yourself to a piece of Poole Pottery today? You will be purchasing not just a beautiful object but also the history and aura that emanates from the English countryside. 

Have a great day,

The Dorothy Days


  1. I never heard of Poole Pottery. Thanks for introducing it to me. Love the colors.

  2. Must admit, of the English potteries available, Poole has always attracted me! Thanks for the post - most interesting. Will definitely be following you - living as I do in Wiltshire - and hope you'll do the same for me. Saw you on Blogging Buddies, and invite you to follow me at See you soon, I hope.

  3. Glad to introduce you Sweet Posy Dreams :) and thanks for following me Isobel.


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