There's something reassuringly sturdy about the shape of this small bowl by Poole. It has a curved flattened disc shape that seems to work well. But it's the intricacy of the delicate hand-painting that makes the bowl something extra special.
The bowl is from the Freeform range by Poole Pottery. The criss-cross pattern is in green, blue, white and red was designed by Alfred Read in 1954, I think the pattern is known as PKT. I'm not sure who actually painted this bowl but I do know that Gwen Haskins painted items for Poole in this design during the mid to late 1950s.
There's a good picture of a group of vases in the PKT design at the Virtual Museum of Poole Pottery: Poole PKT vases