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DEVONSHIRE POTTERIES

The Devonshire Potteries Ltd. was on the site of The Bovey Tracy Art Pottery and came into being on the demise of that pottery.  DPLtd. was the simple impressed mark initially used and the pottery became incorporated in July 1947 with Mr Vincent Kane a decorator as one of the owners together with M. Kane. Later a Mr Boulton was in charge and working there during the following years were Les Manley, Bill Bowden, Donald Doxley and Ron Jackson pottery thrower and all rounder who was there 1953-57.

Worth looking out for are the finer coloured scrolls reminiscent of the earlier Torquay potteries scrolls. They can be found mostly on jugs and vases and were decorated by Bob Birbeck who was there some time during the 1950s.

It is said that due to workers changing jobs or when there was short time working that there was an interchange of workers with the older established nearby Devon Tors Pottery so similar styles in both thrown shapes and decorations occurred making identification of unmarked items difficult.

The business mostly produced table wares decorated with scrolls, polka dot, seagulls, kingfishers and sail boats but they made very few art or cottage motto wares. The pottery was sold to G. Hardy & Co. in 1954 and shortly afterwards produced moulded animals marked Trentham Art Ware Devon with the overall business closing around 1968.

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’

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 info@torquaypottery.co.uk

TORQUAY TERRACOTTA COMPANY

The Torquay Terracotta Company (TTC) was started 1875 at Hele Cross, Torquay by Dr. Gillow as senior director, with Thomas Bentley manager in charge of pottery manufacture and decoration. The decorators/artists employed were Alexander Fisher who was in charge of the Artist Department with Holland Birbeck, Messrs. Clarke, Grocott, Skinner and Walker also a Miss Bridges and Miss Paulton.

The company produced very high quality decorative pottery often similar and in competition with the Watcombe Pottery. These included terracotta moulded figures and busts as well as vases and urns decorated with enamels. Many plaques and other items were finely painted with flowers, birds or outline figures. A notable employee who joined the company in 1875 was the master turner William Higginbottom. His work can be identified by the “Birds Feet” mark on the base of the turned pottery items. Later about 1890 when these terracotta pottery items became less fashionable TTC produced a range of flown glazed pottery and these are usually back stamped Stapleton. Unfortunately the company failed to keep up with the changing demands and fashions so eventually had to close in 1905.

Reference: The Art of the Torquay and South Devon Potters. Articles by V. Brisco, R. Firch & E. White.

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 info@torquaypottery.co.uk

NEWS

THE THORNHILL BEQUEST 

The Torquay Pottery Collectors Society is extremely grateful to former member,  the late Brian Thornhill, who lived Nr. Gosport  and bequeathed his collection of Torquay pots to the Society. This was a hugely generous gesture, and  the pots were sold recently by Rendells Auctioneers in Ashburton, Near Newton Abbot in South Devon. This was after TPCS committee member Nick Roberts had visited Brian’s wife and photographed every item , prior to delivering  all the pots to the saleroom, during a subsequent visit to the West Country.

In all some 40 lots went under the gavel, and a total of £1077.00 was raised. After the dreaded auction expenses, a net total of £852.24 has been banked by the Society, which is a most welcome windfall. 

Top price was £120.00 paid for this unusual jug, made by the Tor Vale Pottery (1910-1913) with a stylised cat designed by John Barker.

Our grateful thanks go to Brian Thornhill’s family.

ZOOM MEETING 

Sunday March 28th 2021 saw our first TPCS Open Meeting over Zoom, in place of the Cheltenham meeting, which could not go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Zoom meeting was a great success with 27 screens participating, inclding members from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The meeting kicked off at 10.30am with the Mysteries feature hosted by Andy Violet, with several interesting pots coming under discussion. There was then a “show and tell” section with members showing their own pots which had a story to go with them, and then everyone was treated to a talk and presentation by Linda Wade. This centered on the Devonmoor Pottery and Linda’s amazing collection of 626 Toby Jugs!  After more show and tell with members’ favourite pots, we went into Liz’s Quiz – a favourite from the “normal” meetings, hosted by Liz Frood. There were nearly 40 questions and members were asked to identify “Places on Pots” from the West Country, the rest of the UK and Ireland, and worldwide. The quiz was won by our Scandy Editor, Andy Violet, with a highly impressive 41 points!  After more show and tell, plus general “pot talk” the meeting ended just before 1pm and in time for Sunday lunch!  The feedback has been entirely positive, and the general consensus was that we should do it again.