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Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by NaomiM on May 8th 2013, 9:44 pm

Small bowl. Marked O.P. Sarisbury on the base.

Can't find anything about a studio pottery being based there, although a couple of pieces apparently marked Sarisbury have sold on ebay in the past.
Anyone know what O.P. stands for?







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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by Oldmagpie on May 8th 2013, 9:55 pm

Not sure if its related to yours, but I'm currently trying to find some details on a pottery in Sarisbury for which I have a partial label, but no luck yet.

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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by gareth-h on May 8th 2013, 10:18 pm

Overstone Pottery I believe

Relocated 1966 from Northampton by Sheila Willison. Closed 1998 I think, although there seems to be a Ceramic Tile manufacturer listed of same name


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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by skipposal on May 8th 2013, 10:23 pm

I was going to say that! I have or had stuff from them when they were still in Northants. Didn't realize they'd moved
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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by NaomiM on May 8th 2013, 10:47 pm

Could you post a pic of the front, oldmagpie?

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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by Oldmagpie on May 9th 2013, 4:15 pm

gareth-h wrote:Overstone Pottery I believe

Relocated 1966 from Northampton by Sheila Willison. Closed 1998 I think, although there seems to be a Ceramic Tile manufacturer listed of same name



Thanks Gareth, I've been in touch with a local museum down near Sarisbury as part of my search as I didn't have a complete name and they have no reference to there ever being a pottery at the address on the label. Having the full name let me do some digging and found a reference to it on the BBC's doomsday reloaded website. I will have to get in touch with the museum again and let them know.  Cheeky

The pottery is called Overstone. Mrs.
Willison has been a potter for          
thirty-five years and has been at    
Overstone for nineteen years.She buys
her clay from Stoke on Trent and a    
kind dentist has given her some dental
tools for using in the pottery.Pottery
is made of earth shaped with the aid  
of water,dried in air and made hard by
fire. All the colours and other things
she needs come from the ground.She has
a small shop where she sells her      
pottery.She uses a machine to make the
clay into a sausage shape.Her pottery
wheel runs by its self so she doesn't
have to use her feet.Her sister draws
the pictures on some of the plates.  
About forty pieces are made every day.
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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by NaomiM on July 7th 2013, 9:44 pm

Pin dish.




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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by dantheman on August 21st 2014, 9:38 pm

the potter Sheila Willison is still alive and doing Ok considering she is in her 90's. Her pieces are all marked 'Overstone Pottery'. Sheila still continues in the creative vein - one day she decided she had simply 'had enough' of potting, and instead she turned her hands to designing and creating beautiful tapestries, many based on Sheherazade. These have been exhibited in the past but now adorn her lovely home.

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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by studio-pots on August 21st 2014, 10:27 pm

I bet she's amused that some of her old pots have been offered on Ebay.  Cheeky

I remember selling one myself many years ago.

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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by denbydump on June 19th 2015, 1:31 pm

A 4.3 in pot with a different label.





Maybe worth adding "Sheila Willison" to the thread title?
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Re: Sheila Willison, Overstone Pottery, Sarisbury

Post by NaomiM on March 13th 2017, 12:00 am

Coffee set





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