This list of people involved in the various potteries was derived from publications of the TPCS and is inevitably incomplete, as we do not have any original source material. For photographs of the pottery workers, and further information, you are urged to seek out the TPCS publication The Art of the Torquay and South Devon Potters. Please go to Society Publications on this website for full details. 

If anyone has knowledge of the potters, be they ancestors or from records, we would love to hear from you, no matter how slight the information might be.

We would also like to have copies of any printed records you may have come across, in the form of articles or adverts or anything, so that we can publish on the website and add to the archives.

These abbreviations have been used:-  abbrev


Addison Iris Dmth Slipdipper Sculptor  
Aggett Bill Lpk   1910s
Algar Harry Wat or TTC   1880s
Aggett Bill Lpk   1910s
Allen G P Wat   1867-84
Andrews Mr(s?) DV Owner  
Annan C Wat Decorator  
Anning Charley Wat Turner 1930s – 1962
Annon Richard (was Anning) AV Clay maker 1890s
Anniss Winifred Lpk Foreman 1920-30
Asbury Mr BP Clerk  
Ashton Mr BAP(later DP) Fettler Late 1950s
Badcock Horace L&C Director  
Baggley Charles Wat Labourer 1870s
BaggleyEnoch Wat Potter 1870s
Baggley Simpson Wat Potter 1870s
Bagley Edward Wat Potter 1920s
Balkham William Dmth Decorator  
Barker John (Jack) AV/Wat/TV/HEC Modeller 1910s
Barker John Leach Wat Decorator/Partner 1919-21
Barlow FR Candy   1950s
Barnish Ann Wat or TTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s
Barnish Sarah Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Barrett Edwin Babb Owner 1952-68
Barton Emma Wat or TTC “pottery worker” 1880s
Basnett John Wat Office Manager 1950s
Bates Reg BP Modeller 1920s
Battershill Lily Wat Showroom  
Battershill Maud Wat Showroom  
Battershill Rose Wat Showroom  
Beare Thomas DV Owner  
Bedford George Wat Modeller 1870s
Beech Mr (Arthur Wellesley) TTC Decorator 1870s
Bening Joseph AV Painter 1890s
Benney John AV Decorator 1890s
Bentley Alfred Wat or TTC Modeller 1880s
Bentley George Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Bentley Thomas TTC Potter/Manager 1874-84
Bickery Jim Lpk Decorator 1920s
Bicknell Carol Wat Decorator 1950s
Bicknell Fred Lpk Decorator assist’t 1920s-30s
Bicknell Henry Wat Thrower 1950s
Bicknell Walter Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Birbeck Alfred TTC/Wat Decorator  
Birbeck Bob Wat/OP/BAP Decorator  
Birbeck Harry Wat/L&C/TP Artist  
Birheck Holland TTC/Wat Artist  
Birbeck William Wat Decorator  
Black Jack BT/Babb    
Blackler Fred Lpk/AV Director/Manager 1910s – 20s
Blackler R Lpk Son of director  
Blackmore Fred Wat Packer 1930s-40s
Blackmore John BAP(later DP) Mould maker 1970s
Bloor Isabel DV Decorator  
Bloor Sarah Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Bloor William Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Boden Leonard Wat Gilder 1870s
Bond Frank DT/Bovey Co Founder 1919-20s
Bond George AV/Lpk/Dmth    
Bond John Sydney Lpk Inscriber  
Bond Ken Bovey/DT   1920s
Bond Mr BT/Lpk    
Bond Sid Lpk Mottoes 1920s
Bond William DT/Bovey Co Founder 1919-20s
Bond William Samuel Wat/BT Potter  
Borer Thomas Lpk Decorator 1910s
Boucher Jack DV Decorator  
Boulton Mr BAP(later DP) Manager Late 1950s
Bourne James Wat or TTC Figure maker 1880s
Bowden A DT Decorator  
Bowden Bill BAP    
Bowden F TP /Wat Decorator 1920a
Bowen FE TP   1930s
Bradford brothers Wat Decorators  
Bradford John H F J/BP/Mayville Director 1920s
Bradford Samuel ‘Reb” AV/Lpk Decorator 1890s
Brewer Bessie Wat or TTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s
Brewer Henry Wat or TTC/Bhill Potter 1880s
Brewer J HEC Owner 1926-31
Brewer James Wat/TTC?/Lpk Potter 1880s
Brewer Jane Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Brewer Mary Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Brewer William Lpk/Wat Owner 1890s-1905
Bridges Miss TTC Decorator 1870s
Brimblecombe John Art Schools   1880s
Brimson Earnest AV    
Brinicombe Reg L&C Thrower  
Brock Charles Wat Manager 1880s
Brooks Harry Lpk   1910s
Budd Percy BP Decorator  
Bulley Bill AV Potter 1880s
Bulley Herbert AV/Lpk   up to 1905
Bulley Mary Art Schools   1880s
Burn Harold Lpk   1910s
Bush Doris Wat Decorator 1952-62
Butler-Stoney C AV Decorator  
Butress Doreen DV Decorator  
Candy Frank Candy    
Cann Phyllis DV Decorator  
Carnell John Dmth Thrower 1940s
Carpenter G DT Decorator  
Causey George Lpk/AV Director/thrower 1910s-20s
Causey Tom Lpk/AV Decorator 1910s-20s
Cawthorne Mrs Dmth .    
Chaffe Mary Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Chronberg Sten Dmth    
Chudleigh Cecil BAP/Lpk/Dmth    
       ”          “ TP/BT/BP/HC   1920s
Clarke Bert WSM Decorator  
Clarke Herbert L&C Decorator  
Clements Eddie Wat Handler & Wedger  
Clements Ernie Wat Wedger 1930s-40s
Clements Fred Wat Handler & Wedger  
Cockram Fred AV Foreman 1890s
Cohen Hester Dmth Decorator  
Colbeck Thomas Wat or TTC Turner 1880s
Cole Arthur Wat/Lpk/StM Dipper & handler 1930-40s
Cole Bert Wat Dipper  
Cole Edwin Wat or TTC Potter 1880’s
Cole Frank Wat Manager 1930-40s
Cole Harry Wat Handler 1950s
Cole Mr Dmth Director/owner 1969-80
Cole Mr Exeter Art Partner 1890s
Cole Mrs Wat    
Cole Tom Wat Turner 1930-40s
Cole William Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Collard Charles AV/Wat/Lpk Decorator 1890s to 1904
Collard Charles CD/Honiton Owner 1904 to 1947
Cooper Alan Dmth Works manager 1960s
Cooper Christine Wat Typist 1950s
Cooper George Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Coram Fred Lpk Clay 1920s
Cornish Dick DV? Mould maker  
Cornish Marjorie DV Decorator  
Cox David Wat Turner 1950s
Cox Reg Candy    
Cribbett Fred Wat Stores  
Critchlow Ann Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Critchlow Bill Wat Decorator 1930s
Critchlow John Wat or TTC or Lpk “engineer factory” 1880s
Croot Bert L&C Decorator  
Crutchlow Mr Lpk Owner 1889-93
Crutchlow Mr Wat/Lpk/L&C/Babb Potter 1955-61
Croot Bob Wat Turner 1950s
Crute Harry L&C/DAP/Wat/Lpk Owner/Decorator 1914-50s
Crute Harry TP(HC)/HEC/Dmth Decorator/ Manager 1914-50s
Croot Jack Wat Turner 1940s
Dart Charles AV Potter 1890s
Dart Fred Wat Thrower  
Dart Harry Wat Glaze dipper 1930s, 40s
Dart John AV Potter 1880s
Dart Sid Candy/AV?/Wat Thrower 1940s-50s
Dart Thomas AV Potter 1890s
Davey A. J. Art Schools   1880s
Davies Pat Wat Stores 1950s
Davis Arthur Dmth Director/owner 1963-69
Davis Doris DV Decorator  
Davis Heather Dmth Decorator  
Dedman Ethel WSM Decorator  
Delbridge Harry Wat or TTC Mould maker 1880s
Dexter Ted DV   1920s
Dowell Norah TP Mottowriter 1915-18
Eamer Doreen Wat Decorator 1950s
Easterbrook John Art Schools   1880s
Easterbrook Ted Lpk Packer 1930-40s
Eddy Peter Dmth Decorator  
Edmonds Ray Wat Mottoea  
Elliot Albert AV Decorator 1890s
Elliot Valerie Wat Decorator 1950s
Elliott Norman L&C Thrower  
Emmett Daisy DV Decorator  
Emmett Rose DV Decorator  
Endean Helen Lpk Administration  
Endicott Charlotte Wat or TTC Enameller 1880s
Evans Francis R Wat Owner 1884-1901
Evans Selina Wat Potters Decorator 1870s
Evetts Tonia Dmth Decorator  
Ewbank Leonard Art Schools   1880s
Facey Bill Lpk Kiln hand/glazing 1920s
Facey George Lpk/AV Decorator 1920s
Fisher Alexander jnr TTC Painter 1880s
Fisher Alexander snr TTC Painter 1880s
Fletcher Elizabeth Wat or TTC Turner assist’t 1880s
Fo(r)ster Mr F&H/BP/Mayville Director 1934-37
Focardi G Wat Sculptor  
Ford Edward Art Schools   1880s
Ford Fred Wat Jollier 1950s
Ford-Hutchings Bill Wat Stores 1950s
Forrester William Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Forster Ellis S Mayville/BP/H F J Owner/Manager 1920s
Foster Henry Wat Potter 1870s
Fox PQ Candy Chief engineer  
Foxlow Willie L&C Decorator  
Franklyn Helena Dmth Decorator  
Franks Elsie Lpk Slip dipper 1920s
Fry B DT Plate maker  
Fry Robert Bovey/DT   1920s
Gibiciki Stan Dmth Handyman  
Giles Peter Wat Decorator 1950s
Gill Charles AV   1890s
Gillow Dr William TTC Director/Founder 1870s
Glanville Anna Wat assistant 1870s
Glanville Tom Wat assistant 1870s
Goss Arthur Dmth Saggars/kiln 1940s
Griffiths Owen TTC Modeller 1880s
Grist Mr Wat Packer 1950s
Grocott Mr TTC Decorator 1870s
Guest Nesta DV Decorator  
Haines Miss Wat Office 1910s
Hall George Wat/StM    
Hardy Mr BAP(later DP) Director Late 1950s
Hart George AV    
Hart Jack L&C Labourer  
Hart Mrs Wat    
Hart William H&M/EAP/AV/DAP Owner/Decorator 1894-1921
Harvey Olga DV?    
Harvey Richard Dmth Director 1950-63
Harvey Sheila Wat Stores 1950s
Hawthorne Mr Wat Thrower 1880s
Heffer Mr Wat Modeller  
Hewitt Lily Lpk   1920s-30s
Hexter Mr AV/Wat Owner 1897-1923
Heywood Thomas L&C Kilns  
Hicks Brothers Wat Turners  
Hicks Samuel AV   1890s
Higginbottom Edwin Wat/TTC? Painter 1880s
Higginbottom Sarah Wat/TTC? Painter 1880s
Higginbottom William Wat/TTC Turner/Potter 1870s
Higginbottom William Henry Wat   1880s
Hill George AV   1890s
Hill George Wat Mottoes 1950s
Hill Harry Wat/AV/Lpk Decorator 1930s, 40s
Hill William Wat Potters presser 1870s
Hiscock Geoff Babb Owner 1968-date
Hocking Albert Wat Turner 1910s-20s
Hockings Eli Wat or TTC Potter 1870/80s
Hockings Elizabeth Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Holcombe Jill DV Decorator  
Hope Herford DV Owner 1920s
Hope Mrs DV Decorator  
Hope Roger DV Director 1950s
Hopkinson Richard Wat or TTC Figure maker 1880s
Howard Albert AV    
Howard Bill (William George) AV/H&M/Lpk Artist/Decorator 1880s-40s
Howard Fred AV Labourer 1890s
Howard George Wat Potters presser 1870s
Howard Richard AV    
Hudson Alexander Gilbert H F J/BP/Mayville Director 1920s
Humpherson Mr & Mrs AV/Wat Owners  
Hunt Joe Wat Decorator/Kilns 1930s, 40s
Hunt Mr F&H/BP/Mayville Director 1934-37
Hunt Tom Wat Decorator 1920s
Hunt William Wat or TTC Presser 1880s
Hutton Mr BAP(later DP) Director Late 1950s
Hydon Thomas Bovey Co Cup maker  
Ivey Stan Dmth Jollier  
Jackman Herbert L&C Packer  
Jackman William Wat orTTC Potter 1880s
Jackson Gladys Lpk Artist 1920s-30s
Jackson Harry Fletcher H F J/BP/Mayville Director 1920s
Jackson John Wat Thrower  
Jackson Ron Wat/DP/Babb Thrower 1940s-90s
Jarvis Herbert Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Jennings Bill Lpk Clay 1920s
Jewitt Arthur Wat Potter 1870s
Johns Bill Wat Kilns 1950s
Johns Sid BT/Wat/Lpk/Dmth Jollier 1938-40s
Johnson Eliza Wat or TTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s
Johnson George Wat or TTC Mould maker 1880s
Jones Elizabeth Wat or TTC Turner assist’t 1880s
Kane Vincent BT/TP /BT Art/TP Founder  
Kapaski (Kropka?) Louise DV Decorator  
Kelly Samuel Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Kirkham S AV/Wat Decorator 1880s
Kirkland S Wat Modeller  
Koppenhagen Howard Dmth Owner 1948-55
Lamy Monsieur TV   1910s
Lamy P BAP/DP Owner/Artist 1905-14
Leaman Hazel DV Decorator  
Lear Fred Wat Moulds/Models  
Lemon Cyril L&C   1923-26
Lemon James WSM/L&C? Decorator? 1920s
Lemon Thomas L&C/D AP/ Founder/Thrower 1922-30
Lemon Thomas TV/WSM/Lpk    
Letori Jack Wat Clay preparation 1950s
Levin Miss TTC Decorator 1870s
Levin Mr TTC Decorator 1870s
Lewis Leo BAP/ DP/Dmth Modeller/Manager  
Lewis Thomas AV Thrower  
Lloyd Dorothy DV Decorator  
Lloyd Henry Wat or TTC Potters thrower 1880s
Lock Augustus AV/Lpk   1890s-1910s
Lock Fred Lpk Decorator 1920s
Lock Richard AV/Lpk   1910s
Lomax W Wat Clerk of works  
Long Val Wat Decorator 1960s
Luscombe John Wat Modeller 1870s
Luttrell Fred Wat Turner  
Macey Alfred Mayville/BP/HFJ Owner 1920s
Main Daniel AV Foreman 1890s-1902
Main James AV/Lpk/Wat/CD Decorator 1890s
Main Sam AV/Lpk Thrower 1900s
Maitland John TTC Secretary 1870s
Manley Fred Bovey/Wat/HC    
Manley Les Bovey/D V/DP   1922-23
Manley Winnie DV Decorator  
Marcucci Domenico AV Decorator 1889-90s
Marsh Heather Dmth Decorator 1940s
Marsh Edward B AV Potters turner 1890s
Marsh Jimmy AV   1890s
Martin Henry Wat Potters presser 1870s
Martin Wallace Wat Modeller 1870s?
Matthews Bill Wat Packer 1930s,40s
Matthews Mr WSM Owner 1880s
Mayo Len Lpk Decorator 1920s
McCracken Leslie Dmth Director/owner 1963/69
Mears J AV   1890s
Medland Elsie Lpk Wedger assist’t 1920s-30s
Medway Bob Lpk   1910s
Meech Bob Lpk/Wat Thrower 1940s
Meigh Henry Wat Potter 1870s
Mellor Bert DV/Bovey Modeller 1920s
Mellor T AV Decorator  
Meyer Harry H TTC Manager 1880s
Middleton Edward Charles Wat Decorator 1920s
Milford Mark Wat Decorator  
Millar Evelyn Wat Typist 1950s
Millar Thomas Wat Modeller 1870s
Miller William Dmth Director 1950s
Millet John Wat Potter 1870s
Milton Albert Wat/LpklDmth Thrower 1930s, 40s
Mohr JM Wat Sculptor  
Moist Alfred H&MIEAP/ET/DAP Owner 1894-1910
Moist Joseph DAP (H&M) Thrower 1897-1935
Moore Josie Dmth Decorator  
Moore Michael Wat Decorator 1950s
Moreton Mary Wat or TTC “pottery worker” 1880s
Moreton Richard Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Morley Barbara DV Decorator  
Morris William Wat Potter 1870s
Morrish Betty DV Decorator  
Morsworthy Emma Lpk Warehouse 1920s-30s
Moss George StM Director 1960s
Mountford Arthur Wat Artist/Decorator 1880s
Mountford Mr BT    
Moxhay Ernie Lpk Turner 1920s-30s
Moxhay Harry Lpk Wedger 1920s-30s
Mullins Betty Wat Decorator 1950s
Nekola Joseph DT/Bovey Decorator  
Norman Gwen DV Decorator  
Norrish Reg Wat Turner 1930s-40s
Northcott Bill Lpk Decorator 1920s
Parks Daniel Wat or TTC Figure maker 1880s
Parks Thomas Wat or TTC Turner 1880s
Parton Betsy Wat Potters Decorator 1870s
Payne Lawrie Wat Office Manager 1950s
Payne Sid Wat Slip Dipper 1950s
Pearce Arthur Lpk   1910s
Pearce Bertha Lpk assist’t 1920s-30s
Pearce Bill Lpk Turner 1920s-30s
Pearce Florrie Lpk assist’t 1920s-30s
Peck Rhoda Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Philips Bill Wat Office Manager 1950s
Phillips Charles AV Modeller/potter 1880s
Phillips John AV Owner/Founder 1881-97
Phillips Miss E AV Decorator  
Pinsent Walt Wat Saggar maker 1930s, 40s
Pointer Daniel Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Ponsford Bill L&C Kilns/Glazing  
Ponsford Nora DV Decorator  
Pope E HC/Lpk   1912-37
Potter George Wat orTTC “terracottaworker”t880s  
Potter S DT Kiln fireman  
Potts Chatto W.J. Wat Toolmaker  
Poulton Miss TTC Decorator 1870s
Powlesland Gladys DV Decorator  
Pratt Edmund Wat Stores 1950s
Priddoe Peter Dmth/Babb Decorator  
Proctor Isabel DV Decorator  
Pym Bert Wat Presser 1950s
Pym Ernest Wat   1950s
Pym Ron Wat Jollier 1950s
Pym Rose Wat Decorator 1950s
Rawle Betty Wat Stores 1950s
Raybould Frank StM Director upto 1969?
Redman Doris WSM Artist  
Redman Ethel WSM Artist  
Redman Muriel WSM Artist  
Redoubt Marion Dmth Decorator  
Reed Arthur BT Manager  
Rees-Hill Daisy DV Decorator  
Rendle Harry Lpk Kiln hand/glazing 1920s
Rice Fred Lpk Thrower 1920s
Ridgeway George TTC Manager/Secretary 1890s
Ridley Robinson Lpk Owner 1880s
Robinson William Snr BT    
Rouse Betty DV Decorator  
Rowe Cecil Wat Stores 1950s
Sadler Arthur DV    
Sadler Mr Wat/BT Art Director  
Sampson Kathleen DV Decorator  
Sampson Sheila DV Decorator  
Sander Phyllis DV Decorator  
Satterley Don Wat Decorator 1950s
Scragg William Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Seabridge Henry Wat or TTC Turner 1880s
Setters Emmanuel Lpk Fireman 1920s-30s
Shenton Elizabeth Wat or TTC Turner assist’t 1880s
Shenton Thomas Wat or TTC Turner 1880s
Short S DT Slipdipper  
Shrodinski Mr Wat Kilns  
Shufflebotham Sam DT/TP Decorator 1936-1939
Shuttlebotham Thomas Wat Turner 1870s
Skinner Annie Wat Assist’t 1870s
Skinner Bob AV/Lpk Manager/Director 1910s-1920s
Skinner Charlie Lpk Slipdipper 1910s-1920s
Skinner James Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Skinner JG Wat Modeller 1870s
Skinner John Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Skinner Robert Wat or TTC/Lpk/AV Potter 1880s
Skinner Sid Lpk Founder 1900-10s
Skinner William Wat or TTC/Lpk/AV Potter 1880s
Skinner William (Son) Lpk    
Slatterley Nora DV Decorator  
Smith Arthur Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Smith Lewis Wat or TTC Packer 1880s
Smith Ray Babb Owner 1968-date
Smith Robert Dmth Jollier/Director 1950-63
Smith Sarah Wat or TTC Burnisher 1880s
Smith Vera Dmth Decorator  
Smith Winnie Dmth Decorator  
Snell Amelia Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Snell Elizabeth Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Snell Martha Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Snell Mary Wat or TTC Turner assist’t 1880s
Snell Thomas Wat or TTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s
Snow Sarah Wat Decorator 1880s
Somerville Emily Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Sparks Thomas Wat Potter 1870s
Srodzinsky Harry L&C Kilns  
Stacpoole Mr BT    
Staddon E TP/(HC)/BT Art Owner 1930s
Steel Thomas Wat or TTC Painter 1880s
Steer Arthur DT/TP (H C)/BT Potter  
Steers Peter Candy   1922-65
Stephan Ernest Wat or TTC Flower artist 1880s
Stephenson Joseph Wat or TTC Potter 1880s
Stevenson Charlie Wat Kilns  
Stevenson John Wat Modeller  
Stick Ethel DV Decorator  
Stone Doug Wat Clay preparation 1950s
Stone Mr Wat Thrower  
Stonier Samuel Wat Manager 1880s
Street Yvonne DV Decorator  
Strick Nicholas TV Owner 1912-13
Stuckey Reg DAP/Wat/Lpk/BP Thrower 1920s
Tanton Janet Wat Stores 1950s
Tapper Winifred Mary DV Decorator  
Tarr Bernice DV Decorator  
Tarr Marjorie DV Decorator  
Taylor Irving Lpk Owner 1883-95
Tilstone John BAP/ DP/Wat Manager 1959-62
Tolliday Bert Lpk Artist apprentice 1920’s
Tope Bill Lpk Kiln hand 1920s
Towell Bill and Mary DV   1920s
Towell William senior DV   1920s
Towillis Vic Candy Glazer  
Trelease Mr Exeter Art Manager 1890s
Tucker Maud Wat Showroom  
Tunnicliff Caroline Wat orTTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s  
Tunnicliff George Wat orTTC Packer 1880s
Tunnicliff Helen Wat orTTC Warehouse assist’t 1880s  
Turley S HH & Co Secretary 1950s
Turner Mr BT Engraver  
Turner Mr Wat Thrower  
Udraufski Sid Wat Mottoes/Decorator 1930s-40s  
Vallance Miss Candy Thrower 1940s
Vernon Joe DV Modeller 1910’s
Vyan Reg Wat Turner 1930s-50s
Vickery Charlie Lpk   1910s
Vulliamy Blanche AV Designer 1890s
Vyle Evelyn BP Office 1923-37
Wakeham Bert L&C Decorator  
Waldron Bill BT    
Walker Arthur TTC Decorator 1870s
Walker Henry Wat orTTC Potter 1880s
Walker William Wat orTTC Turner 1880s
Ward (H)Atherton Lpk Packer/Storeman 1920s-30s
Warsdale Les DP Mould maker  
Watson Elijah Wat orTTC Potter 1880s
Watson Isabella Wat orTTC Saleswoman 1880s
Watson Marshall Wat orTTC Turner 1880s
Way Jack Wat Handler  
Waymouth Ida BP Office 1920s
Weeks Mrs BAP(later DP) Slip caster  
Whimple Beauchamp AV? Modeller?  
White Mrs Sally Wat Showroom/Stores  
Whitman George Wat Mould maker 1870s
Whitman Sarah Wat Potter 1870s
Wilkes Joan Wat Decorator 1960s
Willacott Sid Lpk Packer/kilns 1920s
Willcocks Thomas AV   1890s
Williams Marlene Dmth Decorator/fettler 1940s
Willott Ralph Lpk Owner 1890s
Wills Len Lpk Decorator 1920s-30s
Wills Maurice Lpk Decorator 1920s
Wills Mr BT    
Wilson Cyril Wat/Lpk Thrower 1947-1950’s
Wilson Laurence StM Agent  
Wilson Reg L&C/StM/Wat Decorator  
Wilson Roy StM Founder 1962-69
Windsor Jack Lpk Painter/labourer 1920s
Wonnacott Charlie Wat Potter 1930s
Wonnacott Jack Lpk Wedger 1920s-30s
Wood Deidre Babb/Dmth Decorator 1953-71
Woodley Joan Wat Mottoes 1950s
Woolacott Florrie DV Decorator  
Worsdale L BAP(later DP) Foreman  
Wyatt Ernest DT/BT    
Wyatt Fred Wat Decorator 1930s-40s
Yates Molly Wat Decorator 1960s
Youlden Sid L&C Kilns  
Youlden William Dmth Slip dipper 1940s
Young WF AV Decorator 1885?





Harry Fletcher Jackson as a young man Harry came to London from Derbyshire to work in the china department of Allders flagship store in Croydon, South London. In the 1911 census Harry lists his occupation as ‘Pottery Agent’.

Harry Fletcher Jackson started his own pottery business in Devon. This was the Barton or Mayfield Pottery being established in 1922 by five men trading as H.F.Jackson & Co. The five men were Harry Jackson, Ellis Sidney Forster, John Bradford, Alfred Macey and Alexander Hudson. Ellis Forster had originally come from Staffordshire as a mould maker having previously worked at F.H. Honiton and the Watcombe potteries.

The pottery was at the corner of Barton Road and Audley Avenue close to Hele Cross, Torquay, Devon. The buildings were fronted by a showroom facing out onto Barton Road and in an adjacent house lived Ellis Forster who it is believed acted as Manager while Harry Fletcher Jackson remained in Croydon, travelling down to the pottery from time to time presumably to advise on design requirements and marketing. The business produced pottery for the high end of the market which sold well until the advent of the First World War which caused the bottom to fall out of the luxury goods market.
By 1926 original partnership seems to have broken up as the business ceased trading as HF Jackson, being reformed as the Barton Pottery a limited company with Ellis Forster being referred to as the Managing Director.

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William Hart started the Exeter Art Pottery in premises at 7 Exe Street in December 1890. He had previously been the foreman at the Aller Vale Pottery. Both Hart and Herbert Bulley  (another Aller Vale employee) are named as employers at the pottery in the 1891 census and Charles Collard was an employee.

By February 1891 Exeter Art Pottery was advertising a new showroom open to visitors, and patterns such as Rhodian, Renaissance and Barbotine.

Cole and Trelease replaced Bulley and Hart as tenants in the 1892 rate book. John Trelease was a draper in the High Street and Cole was probably W.V. Cole the local printer. These two were probably the financiers.

1893 saw Alfred Moist an experienced thrower join Hart from Staffordshire.

The Exeter Art Pottery made a large variety of products ranging from loving cups, tygs with mottoes (often with spurious dates), beakers, and eggcups through to large art pots in classic shapes.

The height of their production was in 1894 when they exhibited at the Devon County Show. A report said that they showed 184 shapes and designs in numerous colours. The same year an advert in the Pottery gazette showed large classical vases in a variety of patterns.

Trelease left the pottery and Exeter in 1894, and George Boundy a local tanner became the lessee.

In November 1896 there was an advert in the Pottery Gazette offering a “Special Offer” sale from George Boundy’s premises in Okehampton Street. This led people to believe that the Exeter Art Pottery closed and that Hart and Moist started a new pottery. In reality George Boundy probably took his share of the stock and sold it off and Hart and Moist took their share to set up their pottery on the site they had bought in Tan Lane. They were already advertising in October 1896 before Boundy’s sale.

Moist’s brother Joseph (a turner) joined them from Staffordshire and they renamed their pottery “Devon Art Pottery” commonly known as Hart and Moist.

With thanks to Joan Allen for research and text.

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The Devon Tors Pottery was one of the smaller potteries operating from Bovey Tracey close to site of the Bovey Tracey Pottery Company or ‘Big Bovey’ a larger and older business mostly manufacturing white clay and transfer printed ceramics. The business was started c1921 by potters Bill and Frank Bond with Bob Fry as the Admin. man. Notable employees over the years were the decorators Arthur Bowden and Joseph Nekola who had worked with his father at the Wemyss pottery in Scotland also there was Sam Shufflebotham well known for his flowers, fruit and birds. The pottery became a family business producing a good range of items including some traditional slip decorated pottery of cottages, kingfishers, flowers, scrolls and windmills, some painted in pigment paints. They also made many moulded items like Toby jugs, dogs and small animals as well as odd and unusual designs made over the years to suit changing public taste. They are well known for making the popular Widecombe Fair souvenirs decorated with sgraffito character faces and many other souvenir items by the sgraffito outline, often with coloured slip infill, as tourist attractions for Clovelly, also for pubs and cafes. They had a regular line of work producing large numbers of the small popular scent bottles for Aidees who filled them with the scent of Violets or other flowers. Some of these can be identified with a small impressed capital B (for Bovey) on the base. Like the other local potteries the business struggled to keep going during the 1960s and eventually closed towards the end of 1968.

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.

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Devon Tors kingfisher decorated vase in relief with two handles Devon Tors jug 3” high in blue and white with coloured cartouche of Devon scene


Small Devonmoor Toby Jug

Small Devonmoor Toby Jug

There was a small pottery for a short time (1913-14) in the village of Liverton, on the edge of Dartmoor, known as the Liverton Art Pottery. It was owned by Germans (who had to leave at the start of the First World War) and run by Joe Vernon, a mould maker from Staffordshire.

In 1922 Herford Hope returned from the USA and became interest in the dormant pottery, eventually starting up the Devonmoor Art Pottery in 1923. Herford Hope was helped by his wife a decorator or paintress as they were called and an early employee was Leslie Manley who did a whole range of jobs in the pottery as he worked there for well over 30 years. Although Joe Vernon is believed to have returned for a short time as a mould maker, Bert Mellor was the only other one employed there. Over the years many paintresses decorated the pottery, for as many as 48 initials are recorded having been found on base of Devonmoor pottery. Amongst the paintresses the most prolific very likely being DE for Daisy Emmett and later when married as DRH for Daisy Rees-Hill.

Much of the early and some later output were from mould designs of Joe Vernon’s earlier Liverton Art Pottery. The Devonmoor Pottery is probably best known for the much collected Toby jugs in different sizes and colours with Toby in a yellow coat being the one to look out for. They made sturdy mugs in a pleasing mix of colours, Widecombe Fair character jugs, cigarette boxes in the form of Ann Hathaway’s cottage, a series of miniature named cottages, small model animals and much more.

During the early 1950’s when there were restrictions on the use of coloured decorating materials, some plain moulded white wares with a mould mark or rubber stamp of Devonmoor Pottery were decorated for export by the Dulcie Vaughan Art Studio at Chudleigh, Devon. These were painted with coloured enamels over glaze and re-fired in the studio’s own kiln and unless marked Dulcie Vaughan  may be hard to identify.

With interest in their traditional products declining during the 1950’s the pottery experimented in producing cheaper utility pottery that we know as ‘blueware’ with some interesting shapes and sgraffito sayings or place names and this kept the pottery going but declining until the pottery closed in about 1981.

Reference: Devonmoor Art Pottery and its manufacture by John Hobbs and published by the TPCS. The TPCS Torquay Pottery Mark Book has the latest list of all the known paintresses as well as the Devonmoor backstamps.

The Toby Jugs shown below are courtesy of Linda and her son who took the great pictures.

Pottery marks and backstamps with dates and more information for this pottery as well as over 250 other Torquay, Devon and West Country potteries can be found in the TPCS Marks Book see ‘Products for Sale’

We welcome many more pictures of this pottery for display on this site, particularly the model Cottages. If you would like to send some of your favourites from your collection please send them, or any comments,  to

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Dartmouth Pottery jug with orange peel type surface and unusual decoration

Dartmouth Pottery jug with orange peel type surface and unusual decoration

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The Dartmouth Pottery was formed by Howard Koppenhagen in 1948 (production started in 1949) on a picturesque site at Warfleet on the west bank of the River Dart. In the early days they made some art wares and unusual items by contracts from other potteries unable to for-fill orders they had. Then for the returning tourist market they made motto tableware including tea plates, cups and saucers plus jugs at that time potteries when other potteries were limited in the use of colours (except for export items) for decorating, due to wartime restrictions still in place. Therefore much pottery of this period sold in Britain was decorated only in combinations of brown, amber, white or made from a blue dyed clay. However it would seem Dartmouth Pottery was better placed and had fewer problems using colour and were able to do colour decorated work for other potteries at this time. In 1949 the Dartmouth Pottery recruited Harry Crute who had worked in the Torquay potteries for many years and was responsible for bringing well known designs to the Dartmouth. These included designs such as motto wares, polka dots, seagulls, fish patterns and variety of scroll and sgraffito work.

In the first few years of production the decorators at Dartmouth were allowed some leeway to develop new designs these involved some simple slip scroll work to more elaborate paintings. Other unusual items were made possibly for business friends of Howard Koppenhagen while the pottery was working up from scratch and Howard was establishing the costings of pottery orders. Then they moved strongly into souvenir ware and the moulded items like flower vases and similar. Hand decorated work ceased in the 1960’s.

In the mid 50’s Dartmouth produced a fish shaped water jug which they called the Gurgling Jug which always caused attention. Early Jugs were made in either white clay or finished in a green glaze. Later in the production line other colours were used varying from deep blue, red and dark brown. Special gurgling jugs were by modelled by Leo Lewis for the Queen and Prince Philip to celebrate their visit to the Britannia Naval College in 1958. Many hundreds of the gurgling jugs were made to promote a variety of alcoholic drinks even though it was just to add water. Read on for more different periods of Dartmouth Pottery

Pottery marks and backstamps with dates made of this pottery as well as over 250 other Torquay, Devon and West Country potteries can be found in the TPCS Marks Book see ‘Products for Sale’

The Early Years c1949-1960

The Middle Years c1960-1980

The Later Years c1980-2002

The Early Years c1949-1960

A new pottery at Dartmouth started to be set up late in 1948 by Howard Koppenhagen the owner of the large old three-storied stone-built mill building previously used to manufacture cleaning products. The Dartmouth Pottery was not formally established or full production commenced until the autumn of 1949 although adverts saying ‘Overseas enquiries invited for limited amounts of Devon ware’ had appeared in March that year.

Howard a business man  visited Stoke on Trent prior to setting up a new pottery business with W. Miller and A. Harvey as co-directors. He advertised in the Stoke area for pottery workers in addition to those he employed locally. On the creative side of the workforce was Heather Marsh as decorator, Tonia Evetts as artist, Peter Eddy as decorator and young Peter Priddoe initially as artist who later worked all round the pottery. Shortly after the pottery opened John Carnell a thrower who had worked at Honiton was taken on at the recommendation of Charles Collard. An early employee in was the Art Department Manager Harry Crute, a very experienced local potter and artist. Harry had been the owner of the earlier potteries Lemon & Crute and the Daison Art Pottery, he had also worked for the Watcombe Pottery. Early in 1950 came Leo Lewis an artist modeller who made an important contribution to the early success of the business with coronation souvenir and sporting mug mould designs amongst others. Also that year Jenny McLeod and Deirdre Wood started as decorators, and then in 1951 Patricia Rowcroft a qualified ceramic artist from Liverpool was taken on.

Early products were brown clay pottery with simple cream slip patterns under an amber glaze moulded designs on brown or blue dyed moulded items with white slip on relief designs like the sporting tankards and Widecombe Fair souvenirs as due to wartime restriction still in place colour decorated pottery was only for export. Dartmouth obtained overseas orders for a number of items previously made by defunct potteries and in so doing was able to obtain and use colours prior to the restrictions being lifted resulting in some interesting art wares being produced in a style similar to those made earlier at the Honiton pottery. From very early on traditional Torquay pottery was produced, with cottage, seagull and polka dot souvenir wares made in abundance as well as some interesting fish and seaweed designs using the traditional mocha technique.

Of interest to Breweriana collectors would be the various gurgle jugs, knight figures and jugs made for the Black Friars Distillery to promote Plymouth Gin. See Collecting Themes -Breweriana.

A small amount of thrown pottery marked with the early impressed mark was produced by John Carnell in Honiton pottery shapes prior to the 1950’s before Dartmouth began to produce large number of brown or white slip moulded wares mostly with a deep green of brown glaze. Tall vases decorated with shape numbers 234 (the Princess vase) were advertised in Aug 1958. Also in that same year Dartmouth acquired premises in nearby Townstal to open up as a new business Britannia Designs. Initially moulded white wares were cast there and taken back to Dartmouth for firing also pottery made at Dartmouth was transferred to Townstal for decorating and some of this was marked Britannia Designs. It would have been about this time that the famous gurgle fish jug and other novelty items like the Old Mother Hubbard house and pixie money boxes were first produced.

Between 1954 and 1960 some 200 different numbered moulded shapes were made in particular flower arranging vases, planters and similar items as this was a popular pastime of the period. Also made were both useful and novelty items such as pig, owl and elf money boxes, a sitting poodle, a tall Siamese cat, fish dishes and frog and fish opened mouth ashtrays.

From initial research by R. Score. References: Dartmouth Pottery – A collectors guide, by Virginia Brisco and published by TPCS; Dartmouth and the South Devon Potteries, by Matt White and published by Crowood; Marks of Dartmouth Pottery & Britannia Designs by Keith Poole & Matt White.

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The Middle Years c1960-1980

After the sudden death of  Howard Koppenhagen and family in late 1955, his partner Richard Harvey carried on the business until it was sold in 1963 to G J M Hunt and Arthur Davies and in the early 1960’s Alan Brough an established potter worked there briefly as a designer. Harry Crute retired sometime in the early 1960’s and  Leo Lewis left in about 1964, a Mr Balkham replaced Leo Lewis to do the design and model making for the moulds. Later in 1966 Alan Cooper was employed becoming the long serving Pottery Manager. Hunt & Davis sold the business in 1969 to a local man Mr Cole who in 1980 sold out to Samuel Heath & Sons.

The pottery continued to produce the gurgle fish jugs first made in the late 1950’s in multi colours and these continued to be popular up until the business closed, although after 1966 only plain coloured ones were produced. The hand decorated polka dot, seagull and cottage wares continued to be made up until about 1965. The range of slip cast vases and bowls for popular flower arranging continued with mould numbers recorded up to 301, with a few numbers known in the 500 and 800 range. The interesting novelties were expanded like the Dartmouth Ferry tug boat, including the very collectable owl, cat and Old Mother Hubbard Cottage money boxes, especially worth finding is the reclining pixie money box. Self adhesive labels were increasingly used so many items will be otherwise unmarked.

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The Later Years 1980-2002

In 1980 Samuel Heath & Sons of Birmingham a manufacturer of bathroom accessories purchased Dartmouth Pottery to expand its range of products.

Heath’s retained the existing staff and management and continued with much of the flower arranging vases and bowls etc, introducing a new range of pastel glaze colours. The ever popular gurgle jugs continued including new Royal commemorative vases, bowls and a gurgle jug for the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981.

Shortly after that time Elizabeth Crowley designed some bird vases and these had base numbers like D221, D223 etc., the prefix D (as were many other items) indicated that it was made or earlier designs re-introduced by Samuel Heath at Dartmouth,  with Jack Dadd’s Apple range of pottery designs being introduced in 1989.

By 1991 staff numbers was reported as being only 20 with the majority of work being mould made. In that year trading was helped much equipment and stock was purchased and transferred to Dartmouth from the slimmed down Honiton Pottery. It included machines like a RAM press and stock including Rowena ware, children’s tableware, sheep, owls & pigs, with various resin masters, and moulds. The Rainbow and Cloud ranges designed by Maryse Boxer were introduced at Dartmouth in 1993 with later designs from Maryse included the Clown range of tea and breakfast ware. Other designs in 1997 were Aegean by Robert Welch and Circa by Rayner Steel Designs. Later the Samuel Heath catalogue featured over 180 new or re-introduced pottery items with D prefixed numbered base marks , very few of these have yet to be seen on the second hand pottery market and may be scarce items. In the spring of 1999 Samuel Heath & Sons sold the pottery to Peter Slaney.

Peter Slaney soon developed the pottery into a tourist attraction for the many visitors to Dartmouth. The top floor of the building renovated to a high standard as a showroom come café and lower down there was a shop with much pottery to buy at special prices. On the ground floor there were glass fronted cabinets with a fine display of pottery made in past years. At that time as well as continuing with many of the existing ranges of pottery there was a new larger gurgle fish jugs hand decorated in colour and also larger cod fish gurgle jugs for the American market.

A range of slate blue Chanticleer cockerel ware designed by Alice Cotterell of Burleigh and described as ‘bone china’ was made for the Intercontinental Cooking and Tableware Company (ICTC) for sale in the Harrods departmental store in Oxford Street, London.

Dates of backstamps & marks for this pottery can be found the Torquay Pottery Mark Book. See Products for Sale.

From reference to ‘Dartmouth and the South Devon Potteries’ by Matt White and new research by Keith Poole.

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The Daison Art Pottery was formed in 1926 and lasted through until 1931. Birds and Flowers were popular decorations, then they introduced a pheasant and partridge amongst foliage design which also proved very successful.

Pottery marks and backstamps with dates and more information for this pottery as well as over 250 other Torquay, Devon and West Country potteries can be found in the TPCS Marks Book see ‘Products for Sale’

We welcome many more pictures of this pottery for display on this site. If you would like to send some of your favourites from your collection please send them, or any comments,  to