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Hand Coloured photo postcard of the Durban War Memorial, Designed by H.L.G Pilkingtion and modeled by Harold Stabler and completed in 1925

 

The Della Robbia sculpture measures over 21 ft tall and used 14 tons of clay  Once made it had to be dried slowly over a 4 month period before to could be fired.  The figure of Christ was modeled on one of the potteries own employees.

 

 

 

 

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Making a Shape on the Potter's Wheel - Poole Pottery Thrower - late 1920's or early 1930's.  

At this date, I think the only male throwers at Poole were Burt Way and Guy Sydenham who joined the pottery as a thrower in 1930, at the age of 14.  The man in the photo bares a bit of a resemblance to Guy Sydenham but he looks older so I'm guessing This is Burt Way.  Again if anyone knows better please let me know.

Printed on the back the card is:

POOLE POTTERY

 is made entirely by hand, being "thrown" on the Potter's Wheel, and decorated with painted designs. The throwing wheel is probably the oldest of mechanical contrivances and is still used for the finest pottery, as it gives an artistic quality which no other method og making a shape can give.

Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made.

With a handwritten note from a visitor: Went over these works while on holiday. Aug. 1936

 

 

 

Right: Turning the Base of the Pot on the Lathe

 Like the other cards in this set this dates from the late 1920's or very early 1930's. I think it shows Jimmy Soper, but he's younger here than in other photos I've seen. Jimmy had a long career at Poole Pottery. He was working there in 1930 when Guy Sydenham first joined and was still turning pots at least until the late 1960's, as he was the first person that Janet Laird met when she joined Poole in 1969. I think he was the only turner at Poole throughout this time and so would have put his hand to every single thrown vase that came out of the factory.

 

Printed on the back the card is:

POOLE POTTERY.

After the shape has been "thrown" on the potter's wheel, it is put on a Lathe and the base is made true by turning off some of the clay to make a foot.

Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made.

 

 

 

 

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Left: Firing the Kiln

 

Printed on the back the card is:

POOLE POTTERY

 being fired in the Kiln.  The Kiln shown holds 1,500 to 2,000 pieces.  The firing of the ware is one of the most important, as well as interesting, operations in connection with Pottery making.

Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made.

With a handwritten date: 4/9/33

 

 

 

Dipping the Ware in the Glaze

 

Printed on the back the card is:

POOLE POTTERY

is fired to the "biscuit" stage and is then dipped into a leadless glaze..

Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made.

 

With a handwritten date: 4/9/33

 

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Left: Painting the Design - Poole decorators 1925

From left to right Anne Hatchard, Eileen Prangnell, and Truda Rivers.

Beside each Painter is a wooden try of painted pots ready for the second firing - I wonder if this represents a days work, a weeks work or if they were placed there just for the photo?

 

Printed on the back the card is:

POOLE POTTERY

 is decorated with brushwork designs which are modern in feeling.  They are painted in a spirited manner, as is the brushwork on all out finest historic and modern wares.  On completion the Pieces are fired for the second time.

Visitors are admitted to the Works to see the Pottery being made.

With a handwritten note from a visitor: Went over these works while on holiday. Aug. 1936

 

 

 

Thrower in the late 1970's

In the more recent past - the Poole Crafts Section, with Deborah McClutchion throwing a shape no 85 Vase mid to late 1970's.

 

 

I don't know if I need any permission to reproduce these images as they're were produce quite a long time ago, and If I do need permission I'm not sure who to ask.  Of course, I will remove any images if requested to do so by the holder of any copyright.

 

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