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, 23 January 2012

Poole Freeform bowl by Alfred Read

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


  1. I do love Poole freeform..wish I could afford it though! Did I tell you I did my work experience in the factory?

  2. Thanks for the comment. You're lucky to have been part of a pottery with such a history of outstanding design. Freeform is one of my favorites too.