A brief introduction to the history of Poole Pottery

A renowned British pottery company with a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. The story of Poole Pottery involves a combination of artistic innovation, economic challenges, and changes in ownership..

Today, Poole Pottery remains a cherished name in the world of ceramics, known for its heritage and unique designs. Collectors often seek out vintage pieces from different periods of the company's existence.
Founding Years
The origins of Poole Pottery can be traced back to 1873 when Jesse Carter founded a small pottery on Poole Quay, near to local deposits of Dorset clay. Initially, the pottery produced mostly functional items such as tiles and architectural ceramics. In 1895, Carter's son, Owen Carter, took over the business and began experimenting with more decorative and artistic pottery.
Carter, Stabler & Adams
In 1910, Owen Carter joined forces with Harold Stabler and Phoebe Stabler, forming the company "Carter, Stabler & Adams." The company gained recognition for its innovative designs, especially during the Art Deco period. The company produced much of the ceramic tiling used on London Underground stations built in the 1930’s.
Post-War Evolution
After World War II, Poole Pottery experienced continued success and became known for its distinctive "Delphis" range conceived by designers Guy Sydenham and Robert Jefferson and later developed by Jefferson and Tony Morris. Every piece is pretty much unique, with designs created by the decorators themselves. Characterized by psychedelic, vibrant, abstract patterns with designs inspired by artists such as Mondrian, Warhol, Matisse and Pollock.
The Present
Subsequent ownership changes occurred in the following decades, leading to variations in the pottery's production and style. In the 1990s, Poole Pottery went through various ownership changes, facing financial difficulties at times. The brand underwent a revival in the early 21st century, with a renewed focus on craftsmanship and quality. Poole Pottery continues to produce both traditional and contemporary designs, appealing to collectors and enthusiasts.
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