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.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Carn pottery. Growing up fast.

Troika pottery, from Cornwall, has had a spectacular rise to fame over the last decade or so. It's grown to become one of the most collectable, sought-after ranges of UK studio pottery. I must admit, I'm a big fan myself – as you can see here Troika on Potshots and here more Troika.

But Troika has a sort of little brother. Not really a poor relation, and not a poor man's Troika by any means. Carn pottery, also from Cornwall (Penzance), is growing up fast. It's not surprising that Carn pottery is becoming increasingly popular. there are some very nice items in the range.

Subdued colour schemes, textured surfaces and panels of abstract design all combine to give a sense that these attractive studio pots have a real hand-made, hand-crafted quality.

As Carn pottery is still quite reasonably priced, it may be a good time to pick up a couple of carefully chosen pieces. Who knows, one day it may enjoy some of the fame that Troika has had.

The vase shown here probably dates from the early 1970s.


  1. These Carn pieces are lovely. I actually prefer much of it to Troika! Emma :)

  2. Thanks for comment, Emma. I know what you mean. There are some nice Carn items that look every bit as good as Troika, if not better. I have a couple more interesting examples and will try to do another blogpost on them soon.

  3. I have been collecting Carn for about 15 years I have about 50 pieces, just love it being a Cornish girl.

  4. From a mad Carn collector.

    Love it, particularly the older high glazed stuff and borax vases.

    Also, does anyone know how many different ceramic hammers were made? Keen to acquire the full set.