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Post by NaomiM December 11th 2012, 8:19 am

Jug with a W backstamp, also stamped WILLING DEVON
I can't find anything on Google about a pottery or potter called Willing, or a place in Devon by that name. Anyone heard of it?

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Post by denbydump August 14th 2014, 6:50 pm

Snap Naomi! Did you ever find out anything?

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Post by NaomiM August 14th 2014, 7:22 pm

No, but I have seen another vW mark recently. I'll try to find it.

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Post by benwilliams June 29th 2019, 5:48 pm

And here’s another WILLLING W DEVON piece, pot about 7” tall
This time it has a Devon Guild Of Craftsmen label on the inside of the lid.
- unusual storage jar.
I will try to find out from the guild next time I’m there if they have a record of selling work by Willing
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Post by benwilliams January 17th 2022, 2:00 pm

Just posting this as it has an impressed WILLING mark and label.
I was looking on the forum for an ID on a willing lidded jar a while back. Not sure where it is now. Since then I’ve seen a few blue and white vases with same mark. This is a different glaze. Stoneware.
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Post by benwilliams January 17th 2022, 2:06 pm

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Post by denbydump January 17th 2022, 3:54 pm

https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t10661-willing-devon

here is the thread, not sure why it's not showing up in a search
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Post by NaomiM January 17th 2022, 5:12 pm

I'm having that problem with various potteries too. I hope it's just a temporary glitch. At least it's still googlable

Edited to add, Aug.2022, 'Willing' is still not searchable via our search function. Must be a blocked search word on Forumotion



Found there's a new pottery at this location called Rattery Pottery, and run by The Wobbly Potter. She set up around 2013 so not the same potter.

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Post by StephanieBuddle March 5th 2023, 4:28 pm

Willing Pottery was run by my husband Paul Buddle ( who trained with Colin Kellam, Totnes ) and me (Stephanie Buddle) . Our workshop was on Willing Farm in Rattery Devon  ( hence the name). The pottery was run from early 1980s to late 1990s.

We made was a complete range of blue and cream domestic tableware and exhibition specials. Paul was a director of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen at that time,   and a large amount of work was sold in the shop at Bovey Tracey as well as galleries all over the UK.

The clay was mixed in a giant old flat belt dough mixer. This helped us  prepare a clay body to our own recipe and softness. We used mainly HYPLAS 71 - a ball clay from north Devon, with the addition of fine Molchite ( a high fired China clay frog from Cornwall.)  We mixed our own glazes and the blue pigment was brushed directly on to the dry glaze before firing.  All of the pottery was freezer to oven to tableware.

Paul was the thrower and decorator of the main pieces and very large exhibition pieces such as  large bowls jugs, lamps, and personalised pieces for weddings and anniversaries.  Stephanie  assembled teapots, put on 100s of handles  and decorated smaller pieces as well as selling from the workshop.

Willing Pottery came to an end after the workshop lease came to an end and no new premises  could be found.

We have a beautiful hand drawn catalogue and many happy pictures of our times at Willing. If you are interested in more info or images I'm happy to post more.

Thank you for researching  our work - we are honoured!

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Post by denbydump March 5th 2023, 5:00 pm

Thanks for taking the time to share this interesting history.
We had found almost nothing about the pottery thus far.
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Post by StephanieBuddle March 5th 2023, 5:27 pm

It is great to share the history,
I noticed you posted a picture of one of our little cream jugs.

We used to make a large number of these for "Cranks Restaurant " at the craft centre which was then called "The Cider Press Centre" in Dartington..
As soon as we had delivered the order for cream jugs, they were put out in the restaurant to go with coffees and desserts. Sadly people knicked them, and on the first day after delivery 50 jugs had disappeared. After that it happened again and again. So we were asked to supply undecorated brown jugs after that.
The jug in the picture looks like a Cranks cream jug!
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Post by NaomiM March 5th 2023, 5:35 pm

Many thanks for the info. Wonderful to have anecdotes from the potters themselves Most Excellent

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