‘Torquay Pottery’ has become the generic term covering the numerous potteries that made Art Pottery and later souvenir/household pottery, from around 1860 until the late 20th century, mainly using local sources of red Devon clay. These potteries were based within about 5 miles of Torquay, in Devon, but also include a few other West Country potteries which copied the Torquay style. They were usually established by craftsmen who had learnt or practised their skills in Torquay.
These potteries are the subject of this website, and we hope to inform those curious to know more, possibly having come across a piece of pottery at an antique fair or by inheritance as well as the novice collector. We believe that the more experienced collector will also find something of interest and quite possibly have something to share with us.
It is clear from some descriptions applied to pots for sale that these names may be interchangeable, they are not and only the experienced collector will be able to identify wares from each pottery. Perhaps the most confusing is the Torquay Pottery (later to become Royal Torquay Pottery), whose wares are quite distinctive. We hope you enjoy these pages and that your collection will be a pleasure for years to come.
URGENT – Please look at the appeal regarding the Watcombe Pottery showroom on the Can You Help? page
Updated 5th December: More Aztec pots for Barrett-Priddoe – Babbacombe Pottery; Period photographs of Watcombe Showroom on Can You Help; Cups and Saucers in Themes; Cottages in Themes; TPCS Auction results; Cockerels (updated & revised) in Themes; Pot for sale in AUSTRALIA!; TPCS Auction Lots 2013; June/July prices; Teapots in Themes: Flowers on pots in Themes; Sandygate Pottery; Identification – Pointer or hints; Price Guide survey for 2012; Non-English Mottoes on the Mottoes page; ‘Bargain Hunt’ episode, see ‘Odds and Ends’ page; Plymouth Gas Fired Pottery; Prices Oct & Nov 2012;
This site is run by enthusiastic collectors and is for the use of all collectors and others with an interest in these fascinating potteries.
Hosted by Michael Mapp, Peter Whight and Keith Poole