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Poole Pottery

History of Poole Pottery

Poole Pottery was originally "Carter's Industrial Tile Manufactory" and it was this company that provided the financial foundation for the later "Poole Pottery". Carter (Jesse) joined forces in the 1920s with Harold Stabler and John Adams to form "Carter Stabler Adams", who produced Art Deco pottery.

The Carter company produced much of the ceramic tiling used on London underground stations built in the 1930s and, of particular note, made the relief tiles, designed by Stabler, showing symbols of London–some of these can still be seen on stations such as Bethnal Green.

"Carter Stabler Adams" eventually became "Poole Pottery", and during and after World War II produced many lines, including Twintone and Traditional.  Much of the traditional range was based on the work of the chief designer in the 1920s, Truda Carter; her original designs were interpreted by "paintresses" who added their own individuality to the pieces, all of which were hand made.

Robert Jefferson joined in the 1950s, and alongside such artisans as Leslie Elsden (designer of the "Aegean" Range), Guy Sydenham, thrower and designer of the "Atlantis" range, Tony Morris, developer of the early "Delphis" Studio wares with Jefferson, and paintresses such as Carol Cutler, Diana Davies, Ros Sommerfeld, Ann Godfrey and others, including the three Wills sisters, Laura, Julia and Carolyn, produced two lines which are probably the most famous of all Poole's output: Delphis and Aegean.

Design by Robert Jefferson

Delphis is easily recognised: it is psychedelic, with vibrant colours and designs inspired by artists such as Mondrian, Warhol, Matisse and Pollock.  Aegean is more subtle, with the sgraffito technique used to create the "silhouette" patterns that make this range so recognisable.

A new company trading as Poole Pottery was later formed and produced many of the old designTwintone

Poole Pottery (Carter, Stabler and Adams) produced two-coloured tableware from the 1930s, but had to stop production during World War Two. When they re-launched the range in the late 1940s, they named it Twintone. Twintone was used on three shapes of tableware, many table accessories and a whole host of decorative ware right up to 1981.


The Poole Delphis range, launched in 1963, was initially conceived by 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.

Poole Delphis no.49 pin dish Jean Millership



Introduced in 1970, Aegean utilizes spray-on glazes in a wide range of techniques (sgraffito, silhouette, mosaic, flow line and carved clay) and patterns (from pure 1970's abstraction to more figurative images of fish, leaves, boats and pastoral scenes). Initially thought of as a replacement for Delphis, it was never as successful.

Living Glaze

Poole Pottery giftware is currently created using "Living Glaze". This involves the application of different glazes which react with one another to achieve unique results on each piece.


On 15 December 2006, it was announced that the shop would close, due to non-payment of debts mounting up since the new owners took over in August.  The company, including the factory, went into administration on 20 December 2006, owing £1 million to over 300 creditors.

Poole Pottery came out of administration on 10 February 2007 and is now under the control of Lifestyle Group Ltd, which is also own as Royal Stafford Tableware.

The pottery shop remains open on Poole Quay, selling Poole Pottery giftware (first and seconds), lighting, tableware and studio ranges. Along with Royal Stafford tableware ranges and the Lifestyle Products ranges. There is also a studio on site, which is where a large amount of design work is done for new and future products. And is also where limited editons and one-off piece are produced by studio team lead by master potter Alan White, and designers/paintress Jane Brewer, Nicky Massarella and Lorna Whitmarsh.

The main Poole Pottery factory is now at the Royal Overhouse Manufactory (sharing with Royal Stafford) in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, where production is now carried out following the closure of the Poole factory.

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