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Book Review: Poole Pottery by Will Farmer

Poole Pottery is another of Shire Books A5-sized paperback books, written by Will Farmer. Will Farmer is an expert on 20th Century decorative arts and a director of Fielding’s Auctioneers in Stourbridge. His face might also be familiar to you as one of the experts on the Antiques Roadshow.

Poole Pottery by Will Farmer - Shire Books
This is a concise book that looks at the history of Poole Pottery from the early days of Carter & Co, through the 1950′s when Poole produced its Freeform range to  the present day. The author not only talks about the pottery and its historical background, but looks at how the changing times influenced the designs that came out of the pottery.

This is really nice short volume and is laid out well with colour photographs on every page. There are some really interesting pictures of early Poole pieces, including one of a wall plaque originally attached to the factory wall back in c1925. There is not any information on pottery marks or decorators’ marks; if this is what you are looking for, the definitive (and expensive) Poole book is Poole Pottery by Hayward & Atterbury.

However at under £7, Will Farmer’s Poole Pottery is certainly good value if you want a readable and illustrated introduction to the history and wares of Poole Pottery.

Buy Poole Pottery direct from direct from the publisher or on Amazon

Book Details

Title: Poole Pottery
Author: Will Farmer
RRP: £6.99
Publisher: Shire Books
ISBN: 978-0-74780-835-0
Format: A5 paperback, 64 pages

Book Review: Clarice Cliff by Will Farmer

Clarice Cliff by Will Farmer, published by Shire Books
There are few better known names in British Art Deco pottery than Clarice Cliff. Together with her Bizarre Girls, she dominated the market for Art Deco pottery in the 1930s. In Clarice Cliff, Will Farmer tells the story of Clarice Cliff and her work.

A passionate Clarice Cliff fan himself, Will Farmer will be familiar to many readers as an 20th century decorative arts expert on the Antiques Roadshow. In Clarice Cliff, he provides the reader with an illustrated tour of Clarice Cliff’s life and her work, explaining how the combination of her original design skill and flair combined with Newport Pottery’s powerful marketing machine to create a sensation that remains potently impressive today.

Clarice Cliff itself is an A5 format glossy paperback that is filled with photographs of some of Clarice Cliff’s finest work. Will Farmer’s enthusiasm for the pottery is infectious and his expert knowledge is genuine, making Clarice Cliff a very easy read and an excellent introduction to the lady and her work.

You can purchase Clarice Cliff on Amazon or direct from the publisher.

Book Details

Title: Clarice Cliff
Author: Will Farmer
RRP: £5.99
Publisher: Shire Books
ISBN: 978-0-74780-774-2
Paperback, 64 pages