The potteries of Dorset are amongst the most enduring of all the crafts associated with the county. The clay beds of south and east Dorset have long provided potters with a livelihood. By the 17th century the eastern potteries had begun producing a distinctive country earthenware – now know as Verwood ware – which finally became extinct in 1952. In the 19th century the famous Poole Pottery was established, since when its mixture of traditional and innovative designs have won it an international market. Other commercial potteries have also flourished, whilst Dorset is home to a number of modern studio potters whose work reflects the very best of contemporary ceramics.
138 x 204mm
Black and white illustrations throughout
ISBN 1 874336 57 1