Hello. We like to collect well-designed vintage pottery (and lots of other stuff) from the 1950s,
'60s and '70s. Here are some pictures and info of a selection of the things we've found.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Retro Denby Langley vases. Is this the hand of Glyn Colledge?

Charity shops, car boot sales and flea markets are great places to find some excellent retro pottery from the 1960s and 1970s. This is a range of pottery that caught my eye a couple of years back and I've been picking it up here and there ever since. The main reason is that I like it.

At this point, I would normally go on to tell you what I've found out about this pottery. On this occasion, I must confess that I don't know a lot about these vases.

I do know they are by Langley Pottery, which was, at the time I think they were made, owned by Denby Pottery. I would guess they were made at the end of the 1960s or the beginning of the 1970s. I also know that Glyn Colledge was busy producing some wonderful work for Denby and Langley around this time. I wondered if this could be a range designed and/or painted by him. Unfortunately, I haven't got a range name either so researching these pots has been unproductive, so far.

The vases are quite heavy, the glaze is silky matt, and the abstract, hand painted decoration in dark greens and oranges looks really stylish. 

If anyone does know any more about this range, I'm always grateful for info.

A bit more here on Glyn Colledge 
PS (20th April) Contacted the Langley Pottery Collectors Society (thanks cowcups) and got this reply (thanks Jenifer) "Your vases are from the Sycamore range of vases and bowls. It was designed by Glyn Colledge and was in production at the Langley Mill Pottery from 1963 – 1965"

Ah, the power of the internet.


  1. Love the two in the first photo. Very envious...

  2. There is, or was, a Langley Pottery Society which can be found at www.langleypotterysociety.co.uk, perhaps they can help with the vases.
    A great blog, I shall be coming back.

  3. Thanks to Janne for the kind comments.

    And thanks to cowcups for the information. I'll try that.

  4. So, I'm browsing this site to get my pottery 'fix' and I see a pot that I own. The one in the second pic is a pot that was passed down to me from my grandmother, and it's the piece that started my love for pottery. Would love to find the two in the photo above it as well.

  5. Thanks for the comment, Stella. I was lucky enough to pick up another vase in this range a couple of weeks ago. It's a simpe cylinder shape vase but it goes well with the others. So, you see, they are out there so keep looking, you never know...

  6. Hi Folks I have inherited a large collection ( 40 pieces )of Glyn college vases signed These are large items all around 20inches My family knew him and collected them 1960 onwards I will keep and use maybe 10 at most How do I go about selling the others Is there a specialist auction rooms I am in Scotland JJ

  7. Well JJ in Scotland, you're very lucky to have such a collecton of Glyn College's work. I don't know of a specialist auction house for Denby pottery, I would think that Ebay would reach quite a few collectors. Would love to see a photo of the collection before it's split up. Thanks for the message.