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Last updated: 1st August 2011


Blue Denmark

Blue and white ware was, and still is, a staple product of the UK pottery industry.  One of the most famous patterns is ‘ Denmark’ or ‘Blue Denmark’ produced by Furnivals (1913) Ltd in imitation of the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory’s original. Read more about the Denmark pattern...

Harold Taylor Robinson

Harold Taylor Robinson’s achievements, and notoriety, puts many modern entrepreneurs to shame. He is one of the least known, but most influential figures of the 20th Century UK pottery industry. Read more of H. T. Robinson ...

Belle Fiori

‘Belle Fiore’ with its bold brush strokes and bright colours is typical of the hand-painted ‘cottage wares’ manufactured in the United Kingdom in the 1940s and 1950s. Read more about Belle Fiori ...

Dating Doulton (Burslem) wares

Ascertaining the date of production of a piece is integral to its collectability and marketability, but is often a challenge -  even for a manufacturer as well known and well documented as Doulton & Co Ltd. Here is a guide to dating the earthenware and bone china tableware produced at the Nile St, Burslem, factory from 1882 to 2005. Read more on dating Doulton...

Midwinter’s Stonehenge

Stonehenge was a shape born to be great. It connected with, and has come to exemplify  the spirit of the 1970s when public interest turned to self-sufficiency and concern for environmental issues first came to the fore. Read more about Midwinter Pottery’s Stonehenge ...

Imari Ware - Colourful and Collectible

Imari Ware is the Japanese porcelain produced in the locality of Arita in southern Japan and exported, from circa 1650, around the world through the nearby port of Imari. Read more about Imari Ware ...