From the Author
I wrote this book because about 8 years ago I started collecting Poole 'Twintone' tableware and decorative ware and couldn't find the detailed information I needed in any of the books already published. I think this was because previous authors laid emphasis on the very spectacular patterned pots produced by Poole in the 1930s, the Freeform shapes with abstract patterns in the 1950s, and the later studio wares. They failed to recognise that the tableware from the 1930s onwards had any real aesthetic value. Of course, they were right to celebrate those things, but in doing so they have neglected the more 'everyday' pieces with their classic shapes and beautiful glazes. My book gives full details of how this apparently ordinary tableware came about, how it developed, why it was so successful and is so long-lasting. The book is a continuing 'work in progress'. I am still finding interesting or rare pieces and will be adding them to my website.I plan to publish a further book or supplement on Poole decorative shapes and patterns, which as far as I know have not yet been properly catalogued and published. Because Poole's own Museum and all their records were sold off or thrown away when the company was taken over, the process of recording finds and contributing to the new archive being created at the Dorset History Centre is an exciting and adventurous project. In reading the book and adding to the collective knowledge you can be part of a worthwhile historical study.
From the Back Cover
Poole Twintone and Tableware covers not only Twintone, and its predecessor `two-colour', but all later tableware shapes, patterns and glazes.
It explains how the glazes and shapes were developed, and the historical importance of Carter, Stabler & Adams as a unique non-Staffordshire pottery, with special connections to the seaside town in which it is situated.
Poole Pottery was recognised by the pottery trade and design critics alike as leading the way in developing high quality wares which were imitated by many more traditional manufacturers.
+ The definitive book of Poole's two-colour and Twintone ranges.
+ A complete guide to Poole tableware from the 1920s to the 2000s.
+ Explanations of rare and lesser known tableware shapes and glazes.
+ Written with the co-operation and support of the Poole Museum and the Lifestyle Group.
+ Includes designs by John Adams, Harold Stabler, Truda Carter, A B Read, Robert Jefferson, Ruth Pavely, David Queensberry, Anita Harris.