Enoch Staddon who had previously worked at the older Big Bovey pottery company and was the owner of the Torquay Pottery Company started another business The Bovey Tracey Art Pottery on a site at Hele Cross in 1919. Known to have worked there was Vince Kane who was Enoch Staddon’s brother in law and later the manager/owner and William Bond, Ernest Wyatt, Bill Waldron. The pottery was under the control of Vince Kane from 1923, although we are unsure if there was much pottery made during the 1939- 1945 war years, however in 1946 the pottery was wound up and closed prior to the establishment at the same premises of Devonshire Potteries Ltd.
Bovey Tracey Art Pottery made many similar products to those of the Torquay Pottery Company, although a particular style associated with this pottery are their squat jugs, black with colour splashes and the taller vases overall in black with a light blue broad banding with darker blue motifs around the top section.
The Devon Tors Pottery was close to the Bovey Art Pottery so when ever there was short time working there was an interchange of workers between the potteries. Therefore similar styles in both thrown shapes and decorations occurred, this can make the identification of unmarked pottery difficult sometimes.
The pottery back marks used were either an incised Bovey Art Pottery Devon or an impressed Bovey Tracey Art Pottery Devon. Pottery marks and backstamps of this pottery as well as over 250 other Torquay, Devon and West Country potteries can be found in the TPCS Marks Book. See Books page.
References: The Old Torquay Potteries by D & E Lloyd Thomas, Let’s Collect Devon Pottery 1 by Virgina Brisco and The Art of the Torquay & South Devon Potters.
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