From time to time over the years, information has beeen published in various forms on particular aspects of the long and varied history of Bristol ceramics. What has been sadly lacking however is a comprehensive work covering the near 200 year life of the most prominent of Bristol's pottting industries, namely the Bristol Pottery, which was more popularly known as "Pountneys" in its later years.
John Carson has filled this gap.
John has been an avid collector for the last 20 years. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject is evident in his literary style giving us a very readable and informative book to enjoy.
Undeterred by the absence of any official records, John has interviewed other 'Bristol' collectors and former Fishponds factory workers, scoured books, magazines, newsprint, catalogues, brochures and archives to ensure as much information as is presently available is recorded in this book.
The result is a concise but comprehensive and beautifully illustrated record of the Bristol Pottery - its wares and personalities from its birth at Temple Back in the late 18th cent. through the Victoria Pottery and Fishponds eras to its demise in Cornwall in the 1970s.
The book is introduced by Sarah Levitt whose own social history of the Fishponds factory - 'Pountneys- the Bristol Pottery at Fishponds 1905-69'
was published in 1992. John continues with a structured view of the wares and people associated with particular periods. It includes a summary of marks and backstamps.
As Sarah says in her foreword the book will serve "as a wonderful memorial to all the dedicated people who worked for the Bristol Pottery over the years"