We are delighted to announce a range of hand painted pottery inspired by illustrations of The Potteries by famous artist and ceramicist who was head of The Burslem School of Art, Reginald Haggar. Barewall discovered the illustrations in a book titled "The Football Year" which was published in 1958.
Barewall were delighted to find the illustrations which appear to have been long forgotten. We loved the idea of Haggar drawing the scenes for a national book club which included some of the scenes of the Potteries complete with bottle ovens and back street football fields, in play being watched by the locals. It is also very emotive of the local connections to Lads and Dads and we think this could definitely by an illustration of the time. We wanted to draw attention to the illustration work for publishers which Haggar clearly did at the time and hope that further information on this may come forward over time.
The range is completely made in Stoke on Trent, by on-glaze free-hand artist Lyn James who has been a favourite painter of narrative scenes of the Potteries for many years in the area. Originally trained at Coalport with some of the best free painters of the 20th century. Each piece is individual and one off. The painting is presented on a collection of shapes made by modeller Nathan Smallman at his Longton studio near to the Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Please take a look at the full range on website or why not pop into the gallery to take a look. Launched today we hope that these may make a perfect Christmas present for any football fan.