Discontinued Collectibles Guide

Poole Pottery Collectibles & Tableware

Discontinued Poole Pottery Collectables

Pottery was manufactured in Poole long before Poole Pottery began producing its collectables, from pre- Roman times onwards. The fact that in 1873, Jesse Carter could buy "a run-down pottery site" in the town indicates its existence then.

Jesse Carters new business on the site, "Carter’s Industrial Tile Manufactory, " produced not the collectibles we know today, but ceramic wall tiles. In the 1920s, together with Harold and Phoebe Stabler, who were designers and potters, John and Truda Adams, later Truda Carter, established a new company, Carter Stabler Adams, producing ceramic tiles to the designs of the Stablers and Adamses.

Such was their success that as new underground stations were built by London Transport in the 1930s, most of the tiling was produced by Carter Stabler Adams. Much of this tiling, particularly Stabler’s relief tiles depicting London symbols, is still there on some stations, Bethnal Green having some fine examples. These early tiles are collectable in their own right.

The company’s designers were also producing Art Deco pottery; a side of the business that grew until eventually the company was re-formed as "Poole Pottery" to concentrate on decorative tableware and ornamental pottery collectibles. Carter’s Tiles became a separate operation.

The designs produced by Chief Designer, Truda Carter, nee Adams, in the 1920s formed the basis for the Traditional range produced by Poole Pottery during World War II and in the years after 1945. The paintresses who applied the designs by hand to the products were allowed to interpret the designs in their own individual ways giving each piece its own personality.

The famous Twin-Tone series was introduced alongside the Traditional and became a Poole Pottery staple product. By the 1950s other designers had joined the team including Robert Jefferson, who with Tony Morris developed the Delphis range. Now well known in his own right, thrower and designer Guy Sydenham produced the Atlantis range.

These were the designers but it was the paintresses who brought their designs to life. The famous, Delphis and Aegean ranges, owe their success to the artistry of people such as Carol Cutler, Diana Davies, Ros Sommerfeld, Ann Godfrey and three sisters from the Wills family, a name well known in Poole seafaring and fishing circles, Laura Julia and Carolyn and their colleagues, who hand-painted every piece as much to that of the designers.

Poole Pottery collectables were produced at the factory on The Quay until the 1970s, when production moved to the outskirts of Poole and the showroom closed soon after. Now a showroom on Poole Quay is open once more but all production has moved again: This time away from Poole to Stoke-on-Trent, the other home of English pottery.

On each of the pages within this section dedicated to Poole Pottery collectibles we have included links to live and current online auctions dealing in each theme. In addition, where known, we have added details of collector clubs, forums and websites. We wish you every success in tracking down the missing pieces of your discontinued Poole Pottery collection and hope you will become a regular visitor to Accumulations. Remember it’s an ever-changing scene so it is always worth a return visit!

If you are interested in a specific type or genre of Poole Pottery collectible, click on one of the following links:-

DelphisGuy SydenhamStoneware PlatesTablewareTransfer Plates

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