The popular Poole Pottery factory and shop on Poole Quay closed its doors for the last time in December 2017 after 145 years in business. The brand will of course live on through the website but it remains to be seen what will become of the prominent quayside premises.
Poole Pottery on the Quay 1893 – 2017
Poole Pottery is a globally-renowned pottery brand founded in 1893 on Poole Quayside. The factory was closed and moved in 1999 but the pottery studio and shop reopened in 2006 much to the delight of visitors to the town and locals alike. The company was originally named Carter’s Industrial Tile Manufactory before owner Jesse Carter teamed up in the 1920s with designers Harold and Phoebie Stabler and potters John and Truda Adams to form Carter Stabler Adams specialising in Art Deco pottery. The brand made a name for itself producing much of the ceramic tiling featured in London Underground stations built in the 1930s including famous relief tiles showing symbols of London.
Carter Stabler Adams then became Poole Pottery and started producing some of its signature lines including its Twintone tableware and Traditional. The 1950s saw various designers join the team, together developing the company’s two most famous lines, the vibrant and psychedelic Delphis (1963) and spray-on glazed Aegean (1970). The company went into administration in 2003 but was bought by the owners of Royal Stafford Tableware in 2007 and then the Denby Pottery Company in 2011. Today the building runs a successful shop and studio, designing for new and future ranges and limited editions.
Groups of tourists often come in coaches to visit Poole Pottery for a chance to see live demonstrations of how the pottery is made. These demonstrations run throughout the day by factory staff who deliver an interesting commentary while working on wares you’ll find in the shop. Visitors with small (clumsy) children will be relieved to find the well-stocked café serving up hot and cold snacks and cooked meals and a fun pottery painting area where you can all channel your inner pottery designers by creating a custom ornament, personalised cup, plate, teapot, flowerpot, name plaque…