Poole Pottery: the Early Years on eBay

1920's Poole Pottery Vase - The First

1920's Poole Pottery Vase - The First

If you'd called on me on Thursday you would have found a stressed me. Thursday is eBay! day in my house. If I've been toiling diligently earlier in the week I'll have a backlog of photographs and all I have to do is list (insert joke). Not so this week. I had to spend the morning building my backdrop, wiping down the merchandise and shooting a few frames. The stress not so much the lack of time, but rather the emotional toll of breaking up collections painstakingly assembled over the years. Last week it was Corgi and Dinky toys and now it's Poole Pottery. I'm not selling it all by any means, and it is all in the cause of sensible downsizing, but the first carton I opened contained the very first and the very last pieces I acquired. That is a span of about 30 years and that first piece resonates with me still. I suppose like a first love. It caught hold of my imagination when I was a little bit of a Dorset obsessive; Hardy and John Cowper Powys and its ancient monuments were a strong influences on my adolescent self and my family had very strong links with Poole. It all made for a muddled puddle of  wistful wanting. After that my collection accumulated rather than developed until, sometime in the late 80's, it become too unwieldy to show and too precious to enjoy. The market was strong and with a scarcity of nice pieces my collecting slowed to a near standstill. Today I feel a tug of nostalgia but it is not strong and my tastes have changed. The early simple pieces, deeply influenced by the Omega Workshop, are my favourites, 'The Last' is typical of that approach. So, many of the later 'busy' pieces will go and there'll be room in the attic...
An Early 1920’s Poole Pottery Vase – The Last

An Early 1920’s Poole Pottery Vase – The Last

 

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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