Ceramic Beauty

In the depths of Somerset sits Dennis Chinaworks, producing exquisite designs that are world famous collectors pieces. On the 7th of July they are holding an open day and talk.

The pottery was established by husband and wife team, Richard Dennis and Sally Tuffin, Sally originally established Foale & Tuffin, with her college friend Marion Foale in the 1960s. Their innovative design for young people captured the mood of the time and in the USA they were marketed as ‘Youth Quake’! Sally then ventured into the ceramic world as Design Director of the Moorcroft Pottery and as a designer of Poole Pottery.

Richard Dennis, has published innumerable books and catalogues for ceramic collectors. He is most passionate about the pottery of William de Morgan and for the last 50 years he has been instrumental in the research and appreciation of this very important potter.

Decorating the thrown form is a priority of the Dennis Chinaworks team in the tradition of Art Pottery. Inspiration comes from the Arts & Crafts Movement, fashion, flora and fauna and the ideas of customers. Sally’s son, Buchan, also brings new ideas, geometric patterns and new shapes to the mix. 

At 2.30pm on the open day Richard will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘My Life with the Victorian Potter, William de Morgan’ which will take us back to one of his first experiences in Honiton in 1966.  There will also be demonstrations, sales, you can throw a pot and there will be a treasure hunt. The Pottery Tearoom will be open for delicious homemade lunches too.

Tickets for the talk are £5 each with all proceeds going to the NSPCC. You can reserve your seat by calling 01460 240622 or contacting them via the website.


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Woo Gilchrist