Gray's Pottery Pottery Guide

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Albert Edward Gray established his ceramic decorating business in Stoke-On-Trent in 1907. A. E. Gray Ltd, better known simply as Gray's Pottery, built a reputation for bold and stylish use of colour, very often as part of the handpainted floral designs that were popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Over the year's, Gray employed many well known designers to create patterns for his talented decorators, including Susie Cooper, whose designs are amongst the most collectable of Gray's wares, especially signed pieces.

Gray's Pottery typical flower design

Shapes tended to be fairly typical Art Deco decorative tableware designs - plates, bowls, jugs and sugar shakers, for example, as well as other domestic wares such as planters and vases. Pieces were decorated to varying levels of finish - gilding on a piece is an indicator it was intended for sale as a premium item, and pieces such as these, with well-known designers like Susie Cooper, have a strong collectable following today.

As with many Art Deco potteries, rarer shapes such as lidded biscuit boxes and sugar shakers are the most desirable to collectors today, although some of these shapes were particularly prone to damage and are hard to find in mint condition. Decorative plates are also popular, especially in larger sizes, as they tend to show off Gray's hand-painted floral patterns very well.

Gray's Pottery typical flower design

Today, the Gray's name lives on as part of the Portmeirion Potteries business, and is still based in Stoke-On-Trent.

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