Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Ashby Potters' Guild 1909-22

 Here we have a small scale pottery that was driven by their principal, Pascoe Tunnicliff, who seems to have been more interested in artistic and technical merits rather than mere profit. The pots are rarely seen now, probably all in private collections. Here are a couple examples that have been through the gallery in the last few years

Pascoe Tunnicliff was born in 1881 at Woodville, the son of Edwin Rowland Tunnicliff, a local butcher turned potter. In 1897 Edwin took over a factory in Chapel Street, Woodville and under the name Victoria Pottery started to produce a range of household wares. He decided to introduce ornamental wares and established Ashby Potters' Guild c1909.

Thomas Camm, a stained glass artist from Smethwick was in charge of design, and Pascoe Tunnicliff developed the glazes and colourings. They specialised in experimental decorative glaze effects. Lustres, flambe and crystalline effects were produced, some being very similar in to William Howsen Taylor's Ruskin Wares.

He is known to have exhibited at the International Exhibition Brussels 1910 (gold medal for Vasco and adventurine) , Arts and Crafts Exhibitions 1912 & 1916, the Turin International Exhibition 1911, Ghent Exhibition 1913 and British Industrial Arts Exhibition 1920.

Production was temporarily suspended during the first World War and by 1922 the pottery had merged with William Ault's pottery to form Ault & Tunnicliff then Aultcliff and finally just Ault Potteries Ltd by 1937.

Typical impressed mark.

After production ended Pascoe worked as a water engineer and moved to Hartshorne. He died in 1956 aged 75.

Still the best books on British Art Pottery are
British Ceramic Art, 1870-1940

Encyclopaedia of British art pottery, 1870-1920
Click on title to find a copy.
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