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Post by marie anne on May 24th 2011, 10:38 am

Hi, I've recently bought several pieces of great pottery which I think are from Polperro pottery.  There seems to be very little about this pottery on the web and a comment on Ceramike saying 'Do not look in BSPM as not listed properly'.  The BSPM book certainly doesn't show the impressed P in a square which is on my pieces.  If fellow members of this site can confirm that this is a Polperro mark then I'll upload this image to the labels, signatures and backstamps section as a reference.  I'm pretty convinced from the picture on ceramike and the comment by Christian Robinson on it, but being a cautious soul I'd like to get confirmation for the example below.  
This is my first post on this site so apologies if I'm not doing it right!
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Marie.

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Post by dantheman on May 2nd 2012, 5:19 pm

the digital museum of Cornish ceramics has no pic of the mark

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Post by marie anne on May 2nd 2012, 5:33 pm

Thanks for the welcome message Skay Happy . Hi Dantheman. The digital museum of Cornish Ceramics has quite a few empty spaces in their image column from what I recall. They are welcome to use my image if it's helpful. I wondered if anyone on this forum knew the Polperro mark?
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Post by NaomiM on August 19th 2012, 12:17 am

Small lidded mustard/jam studio pot.
The P mark looks familiar but can't find it. Anyone recognise it?

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Post by NaomiM on September 8th 2012, 10:23 pm

Found another piece with the same stamped P mark - this time a weird stoneware tractor-thingy.
I picked it up thinking it was Temar Pottery, but maybe it's not?

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Post by brin mcardle on September 9th 2012, 6:35 pm

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Is this the same mark ?
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Post by NaomiM on September 9th 2012, 6:41 pm

Is this the same mark ?

Hmm, looks like an incomplete P so I'd say no.
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Post by NaomiM on September 9th 2012, 6:48 pm

Aha, it is Polpero Pottery:

http://www.ceramike.com/ReplyToUFOPot.asp?pot=153

In that example:-
Christian Robinson - I can confirm that this was made by my father Frank Robinson of Polperro Pottery. It would have been made around 1972 as he was not really well enough after that, dying in March 1974 aged 42.

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Post by marie anne on September 9th 2012, 7:01 pm

Hi Naomi,
Thank you for the confirmation and the link to your thread. I hadn't seen it - I should browse this forum more frequently! I particularly like your tractor thingy Happy
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Post by skay on December 6th 2012, 8:58 pm

Message from Christian, who has now joined the forum:

Hello
My name is Christian Robinson, Frank Robinson's son, and I may be able to clear up a couple of queries regarding the thread (https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t9657-polperro-pottery) about Polperro Pottery. We moved to Polperro in 1966 and Dad set up a pottery and a small shop at the top end of Polperro called Crumplehorn. He potted there until March 1974 when he died of cancer aged 42.

The P mark is definitely that of Polperro Pottery. We had a large collection of pots around the house and Bernard Leach would have been an influence. After he died his wife, Angie Robinson, keep the shop and other potters came and used the pottery. The P mark continued to be used by Roberta Norris, Dad's long-time assistant, until the late 70s. Colin Jacobs and Steve Harland came and potted there from '74 to the early '80s. She then sold up and it became a gift shop.

Regarding Marie Ann's pot: the photographs are small, but I would definitely say that my Dad made this somewhere around '68-71.

The owl moneybox is indeed Paula Humphris, She lived further down the village. Her pottery was called The Paula Humphris Pottery; we were Polperro Pottery.

Regarding Naomi's jam pot: Hmmm. This was possibly made by Frank Robinson, but it could have been Roberta. I can't remember if she worked on a wheel, but she did continue to use the P stamp. The lid looks like the correct one as I remember the pattern.

The 'trains' were slip cast after 1975. I think there was an attempt to 'mass produce' a few items to boost a declining business (Polperro began to attract more coach parties and people less interested in sudio pottery). Why trains? Good question. The 'potter' was an American called Chris Hay who liked trains. I don't think they were a great success.

The little pig is possibly from the pottery. I need to see an in focus shot of the mark. It may have been another slip cast venture.

I hope this is of some use, and am heartened to know that bits of Dad's pottery are still around and being appreciated.

Should you have any further questions, I am more than willing to try and answer them.

Kind regards
Christian Robinson


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Post by dantheman on December 6th 2012, 9:09 pm

welcome Christian Most Excellent

You certainly made short work of out unanswered questions!
Do you have any pottery or photographs that might improve our puny Polperro thread?

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Post by denbydump on July 5th 2014, 4:46 pm

7 in high. Thought it was Briglin when I got it, but then found the little mark?
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Post by denbydump on July 8th 2014, 5:18 pm

Hmmm think I found it while looking for something else in the book.
Frank & Angie Robinson, seems pretty close anyway.
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Post by NaomiM on July 8th 2014, 5:33 pm

Could well be. Yates-Owen has an f.r. mark for Frank Robinson, which looks like your mark, above. And the sgrafito is vrey like this tankard, which bears the P for Polperro Pottery -

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/175077504237661716/

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Post by denbydump on July 8th 2014, 5:38 pm

Thanks Naomi, I spotted it quite by accident. When the letters are stylised like that
it can be a real struggle to get a starting point.
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Post by NaomiM on July 8th 2014, 5:51 pm

Yes, I kept thinking it was a face  Happy

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Post by ClaraIreland2 on September 13th 2015, 1:51 pm

Hello, just viewed the thread on Polperro Pottery. I have a few pieces which a kind ebayer identified as Polperro Pottery. Superb artistry in my humble opinion.

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Post by NaomiM on September 13th 2015, 2:49 pm

It was an excellent and very underrated pottery.

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Post by Essenjay on June 8th 2017, 11:25 pm

I bought a job lot of mainly post-Robinson Polperro at auction last week. Here are some photos including the derided train which I don't think is actually that bad; well, it's okay if you're a Tremar fan!

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The Chris Hay designed train has the simple impressed 'P' on the underside of each piece.


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Teapot with Steve Harland's monogram.


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Steve Harland small vase.


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Two Harland side plates.


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Harland vase.


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Unmarked vase which I'm assuming is Polperro - certainly looks the same colours and glaze next to a marked piece.


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Nicely potted small vase with wide rim.


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The glaze has run into the impressed name but it looks to be Polperro.


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The impressed mark can be deciphered as Polperro in the right light.


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Unmarked but, again, right colours and glaze. That also goes for the following three owls...


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And finally the Steve Harland monogram again but with a different pottery mark - for Atlow Mill Pottery, 1980s
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