During the period 1869
to 1970, some 20 potteries of varied size and longevity created hand crafted
pottery in the Torquay area of South Devon.
Collectively these firms produced a wide range of souvenir ware, fine art
pottery, and architectural and decorative terracotta . Although many
collectors are first introduced to their work by the pots decorated with
cottages and cute sayings, the range of these potters' arts included many
different styles of decoration. There are many "themes" around which
collectors focus their collections. Themes can be subject matter (e.g.cottages,
place names, mottos, florals, animals, windmills, boats, grotesques) or
decoration style (e.g. faience, barbotine,
terracotta, molded cottages). Some
collectors seek out pots by specific decorators, others by pattern code or
pottery. Clearly the number of permutations and combinations within categories are
endless and many of us just collect pots that appeal to us!
On our Links page you will find links to related societies, places of interest to Torquay collectors, and services such as pottery restoration or places to stay.
The theme displays at our Annual Conventions convey some idea of the ways in which a collection could be built.