‘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.
Updated 18th April: Flowers on pots in Themes; Sandygate Pottery; Identification – Pointer or hints; Royal Torquay teapots in Themes; Hart & Moist Exeter teapots in Themes; Price Guide survey for 2012; Longpark teapots in Themes; Non-English Mottoes on the Mottoes page; ‘Bargain Hunt’ episode, see ‘Odds and Ends’ page; Aller Vale teapots in Themes; Events 2013; Plymouth Gas Fired Pottery; Dartmouth Pottery Study Group; Pots for Sale; Prices Oct & Nov;
This site is run by enthusiastic collectors and is for the use of all collectors and others with an interest in these fascinating potteries.
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