Wayside Pottery, St Agnes, Cornwall - Bulkley sisters, 1920s-30s

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Post by NaomiM May 22nd 2021, 11:11 pm

Anyone know who made pottery stamped Wayside Pottery, St Agnes, Cornwall?

John Vasey's bio says he took over Wayside when the owners decided to emigrate. The first recorded potters at St Agnes in the Digital Museum of Cornish Ceramics were Arthur and Nancy Homer who were potting there in the 1950s, (long before Vasey arrived in 1978). After that it was John & Sue Sneddon, so Vasey must have bought them out. Vasey soon moved to Vicarage Road, on the main street of St Agnes. But which of the three used the Wayside stamp? Vasey seems unlikely because he called it St Agnes Pottery, not Wayside.


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Post by NaomiM May 24th 2021, 4:49 am

I’ve since come across an entry on the St Agnes Museum website about the Bulkley sisters who occupied the Wayside premises in the 1920s-50s, before the Homers moved in:



“The Bulkley sisters, Annette (b.1868) and Helen (b.1870), had moved permanently to St Agnes in about 1922, making pottery and founding their studio at Wayside, which continued until at least 1937. The Museum has several examples of Helen’s work, in its characteristic chunky style and vibrant turquoise colour (obtained from local copper which she sought out herself) but had no examples of Annette’s work until now. Possibly her output was less as she became very involved in caring for the countryside around St Agnes. She was a Committee Member of the St Agnes Countryside Protection and the Old Cornwall Society, and in 1934 was one of the honorary secretaries when the Council for the Preservation of Rural England fought to prevent housing being built on open spaces nearby, including at the iconic St Agnes Head. Annette died in 1944 and Helen in 1955. They gave Wayside and their two cottages to the National Trust who continues to own them to this day.”

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Post by Lizpick August 15th 2021, 8:16 am

Nancy Lanyon Homer was my art and pottery teacher at Newquay Grammar back in the sixties….. the picture of a bowl is definitely hers
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Post by trevellas August 26th 2021, 3:15 pm

I've had a good look at the pieces that St. Agnes Museum holds and I'm fairly sure the Bulkleys never used the word 'Wayside' in their marks. They also didn't use a stamp, but usually made a painted mark – 'St. Agnes' with an arrangement of their initials - HMB or AMB. This is a very characteristic example of Helen Bulkley's work, with the mark included:
https://pin.it/3JRqC1s
https://pin.it/5MDnN4Q
The jug seems a too finely made to be theirs and out of their usual glaze colours as well. Hope that is helpful!
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Post by NaomiM August 26th 2021, 4:35 pm

Certainly a conundrum.
This one also has the Wayside stamp with the D (according to the description; unfortunately the stamp photo isn't shown),
https://pin.it/5PA9QIL
And is more like the Bulkley's pottery than the later occupants of Wayside. There were 2 sisters, and one seems to have been far more proficient than the other. Their website says "Annette’s vase shares the same turquoise lustre as seen in her sister’s work but is finer and more delicate."
I think the museum website attributes the Wayside stamp to the Bulkley sisters, but I'll have to chase that up.

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