Coming to the Pembrokeshire Antiques Fair organised by Towy Fairs at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest next weekend (June 7-8) are some 50 pieces of richly-glazed Ewenny pottery.
Ewenny Pottery has been run by the Jenkins
family for eight generations.
Since at least the 18th century the family
has been throwing pots at the village of Ewenny, near Bridgend in
Wales, and they have long produced vases, jugs, tankards, tygs
(multi-handled cups) and candlesticks in a wide variety of patterns
and shapes including cats, dogs and the famous wilds pigs or
The most celebrated Ewenny wares are those
linked to the Arts and Crafts designer Horace Elliott, who made
annual visits to the pottery between 1883 and 1913, guiding
production away from wholly utilitarian wares to the decorated
wares he could sell in his Bayswater showrooms. His fleur-de-lys
mark was often applied to Ewenny and other wares.
In his autobiography, Elliott said:
"My craving for the simple joys of peasant life dragged me down
there whenever my dear wife could carry on without me, all this
time I was living as a peasant potter in the cottages... I became
well known to all the countryside for many miles around so that I
became as practically Welsh as an English-born man can make
The 50 pieces for sale at Picton Castle come
from collectors Nikki and Tony Chadwick. Trading as Mitchwick
Memorabilia, they have been enthusiasts of Ewenny since Nikki found
two of the charming pottery pigs at a Towy antiques fair in
Carmarthen five years ago.
This started them on a trail of research
into the potteries at Ewenny (there were 15 at one time), their
arts and craftsmen, and the potters who worked there. The hunt
gained momentum and, before they knew it, the Chadwicks had built
up a sizeable collection of old Ewenny - a significant part of
which was loaned to Swansea Museum for an exhibition last year -
but they are now looking to scale down.
The pieces for sale cover a range of periods
and styles at prices from £10 to £1000.
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