Poole Pottery

Poole pottery 1950s AB Read Ripple pattern gravy boat.

Poole pottery 1950s AB Read Ripple pattern gravy boat.

Poole Pottery is a well known English pottery brand, based in Staffordshire. The pottery was founded in 1873 on Poole quayside, and produced pottery there by hand until moving to a factory in 1999.

Production continued at a new site in Sopers Lane until its closure in 2006 but the brand name lives on.

For me, Poole pottery epitomises mid-century style with it’s beautiful glazes and stylist retro designs.

I recently acquired this beautiful dinner set, comprising 6 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, 6 desert plates, 2 tureens, 3 platters, 6 soup couples and saucers and a gravy boat and under plate.  It’s pretty unusual to find a complete dinner set in anything these days but this was one of the rarer patterns, “Ripple”, designed by AB Read in the 1950s.

Sadly I’ll probably have to split it to pass it on and this always seems a bit of a shame as it really is stunning in its entirety.  A wonderful example of the stylish and modern designs that Poole pottery was creating in the period known as mid-century covering the 1950s to the 1970s.  The entire set is available from http://www.antikseramika.co.uk, please contact mail@antikseramika.co.uk for further information.

Poole Pottery 1950s mid century tureens by AB Read for Poole Pottery - available at Antik Seramika

pair of Ripple pattern mid century retro Poole Pottery platters by AB Read - Available at Antik Seramikaset of six Poole pottery mid-century 1950s dinner plates by AB Read in Ripple pattern - available at Antik SeramikaSet of six retro mid-century soup couples by Poole Pottery in Ripple pattern by AB Read - available from Antik SeramikaMid-century retro 1950 Poole Pottery Ripple Platter by AB Read - available from Antik Seramika


Beautiful jewellery made from broken vintage and antique china

Portmeirion totem blue china cufflinks in solid silver mount, handmade by Ophelia Mills Jewellery

Sometimes in my travels I find something so imaginative and lovely that I have to talk about it.   This applies to Ophelia Mills Jewellery, a company created on the basis of  a need to use beautiful china that would otherwise be thrown away and the Japanese art of Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”).  Kintsugi is where  broken pottery is repaired with lacquer dusted with  powdered gold silver or platinum.

Kinstsugi inspired Ophelia to design and make a range of gorgeous jewellery made from exquisite bits of broken antique and vintage china surrounded by solid silver mounts.   Kintsugi treats breakage and repair of china as part of the history of an object whereas Ophelia Mills is giving it a new lease of life.

Graffiti Stripe cufflinks made from vintage china in silver mounts - Ophelia Mills Jewellery

It’s a rather lovely option if you have a piece of china with great sentimental importance that gets broken, as Ophelia accepts bespoke commissions and you can have it made into a wonderful jewellery set or some cufflinks, whatever suits you.

To see her range of lovely vintage and antique china jewellery, visit her website www.opheliamills.co.uk.  She’s just been featured in World of Interiors magazine for christmas gift ideas so now might be the time to take a look before everyone else does.

Bjorn Wiinblad – Feuervogel, designed for Rosenthal

Here’s something a little unsual.   Bjorn Wiinblad is probably one of Denmark’s most famous mid century designers.   He was a painter and artist in ceramics and metalware and his work is famous throuout the world.  He was born in 1918 and died in 2006.  He was never conventionally Danish, and whilst functionalism ruled in Denmark, Bjørn Wiinblad had went in an entirely different direction using curves, rich colours and more hedonistic approaches.   I think this design for the high quality German porcelain company, Rosenthal is testament to that love of colour and pattern.  This is called Feuervogel or Firebird in English, and it’s really quite a rare design.   I was lucky enough to acquire 17 pieces in one lot and I’m strugging to part with them as they really are so beautiful and timeless. It’s hard to imagine when you look at them that the design is 50 years old.  I haven’t put all the pieces up for aslae.  These are living in my house at the moment until I tired of looking at them ( might be a whilte) but a couple of the larger pieces are on my Antik Seramika Ebay shop