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Post by denbydump on March 2nd 2015, 7:42 pm

Ha Ha so have I!
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Post by NaomiM on March 15th 2015, 1:22 am

Had a lovely time Thursday afternoon at Farnham Pottery which is currently undergoing restoration (didn't realize its not yet open to the public; oops). Shown around by the owner who'd stepped in at the 11th hour and saved it from developers who were going to turn it into offices. His wife is a potter with West Street Potters which occupies one wing of the building (first photo). He said most wives would have settled for a shed at the bottom of the garden  Laughter


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The old front entrance:

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The fancy chimney which acted as an advertisment for their tiles

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The old toilet block with green Farnham Pottery roofing tiles.

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Archway with a Farnham owl

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These tiles were the old floor of the kiln, where glaze has puddled round the base of pots during firing. The balustrade is made from old wooden batons used to carry pots/chimneys to the kiln.

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One of the back rooms where they've saved the old Farnham wall tiles

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Post by brin mcardle on March 15th 2015, 10:08 am

Like the Tiles...when does it open to public and is it near a station(i know i can google-but its nice to chat)
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Post by studio-pots on March 15th 2015, 12:49 pm

It is a walkable distance from Farnham station (trains from Waterloo every 30 minutes) or you could get a cab. Despite its name the pottery is at Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham GU10 4QJ rather than in Farnham.

I suspect that it would be some time before it is open to the public, as when I went around a couple of years ago there is loads of costly work to be done and lack of money. There were also loads of pots, mostly damaged, that had been left since the pottery originally closed in places that weren't really accessible due to the floors being rotten or missing altogether.

You might keep an eye on the website below regarding events and there are some good images there also: -

http://www.318ceramics.co.uk/

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Post by brin mcardle on March 15th 2015, 1:09 pm

Thanks
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Post by NaomiM on March 15th 2015, 1:45 pm

Also check out West Street Potters page on Facebook. They hold regular pottery courses.
The new owner has done a huge amount of work and is aiming to open by Easter. There are plans for a gallery and thryve converted the internal kiln into a bread oven and plan to sell artisan foods. Also plans to move some of the Farnham pottery from the local museum and from store. Theyd also like to hear from anyone prepared to loan their Farnham Pottery to their display.


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Post by NaomiM on March 15th 2015, 1:48 pm

They're also planning more exhibitions.
Its a bit of a walk from the station and you'll need a map as it's currently unsignposted.

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Post by brin mcardle on March 15th 2015, 2:02 pm

thanks naomi....i will google it
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 3:19 pm

Is this a Farnham Pottery (Surrey) - Page 3 234527 or a : Flogging Dead Horse

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Post by NaomiM on May 3rd 2015, 4:00 pm

Congratulations, you have a Farnham owl. Farnham Pottery (Surrey) - Page 3 910958

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Post by NaomiM on May 3rd 2015, 4:01 pm

...two Farnham Owls.

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Post by Guest on May 3rd 2015, 4:04 pm

Great find Crawford : )
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 4:07 pm

My first owl! I'm so proud!
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 4:23 pm

Twins!
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Post by big ed on May 3rd 2015, 5:17 pm

really good find Excellent what size are they?
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 5:20 pm

Big, the washbowl is 400mm and jug 300mm.
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Post by big ed on May 3rd 2015, 5:28 pm

that's a good size wash bowl and looks in good nick , when can you post them to me ? Laughter
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 5:47 pm

LOL - It was from a dealer and a risky punt. No the bowl has a six inch by two chunk out the back but the front face is good. Been glued so the bits are there - I suspect that this is one worth the repair. Jug has small old chip.

http://www.farnhampottery.info/lev3bed.htm

This was interesting and the dealer did mention this. Not true.

Oddly, I was pissed off today as my donkey did not run yesterday (ground too hard) and to add insult to injury it rained today and i got cold and wet. But went with the Irish and winnings on the 1000 paid for the Farnham - hope luck comes in threes and there is one more to come.


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Post by big ed on May 3rd 2015, 6:05 pm

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they are worth getting repaired this large wash bowl has a crack that has been stapled sometime in the past , PS I had a good week on the Gee gee's also , first in a while though Laughter
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Post by big ed on May 3rd 2015, 6:06 pm

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 3rd 2015, 6:19 pm

Well I'm no Farnham collector. I can well understand how these big bowls get damaged. Wet fingers, half awake. I'm surprised the jug still has a handle as it must hold x8 pints? more? It's too 19th C for my collection.

(Had £4 last October on Elm Park for the 2000 at 260:1...and no ff-ing rain)
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Post by big ed on May 3rd 2015, 7:02 pm

Well if u want to sell , you probably would do better on ebay , u can pm me how much your looking for if u like .
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 20th 2015, 12:21 am

Well say NM friends MEGA owl go well on EB. Blue seems to be popular. I 'll post better photos. tThis jug alone holds 8+ pints surprised the handle is still on!
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Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2015, 12:28 am

The big blue Farnham owl did very well; better than expected.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 24th 2015, 10:54 pm

Yes it flew away!

Mine has found a place in the kitchen after a good clean.

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