Out and about today visiting the Open Studios of Surrey Artists, a very special place was discovered… Farnham Pottery (Wrecclesham Pottery). Tucked away in a residential area and accessed down a narrow lane this incredible place is now the home of 318 Ceramics.
Sympathetically restored buildings at Farnham Pottery
Once a thriving Victorian pottery business owned by Absalom Harris it produced utility ware such as drainpipes and tiles.
Wall of Farnham (Wrecclesham Pottery) Tiles
After being asked to copy a French vase, Harris managed to make a satisfactory copy using a green glaze of his own recipe from a lead glaze with the addition of copper oxide to make it green. This was a turning point for the pottery which began making more Art Pottery and Farnham Greenware was born. Pottery from this site was sold at prestige stores such as Liberty and Heal’s and it was particularly famous for it’s owl jugs which were produced right up until the 1950’s.
Drawing table and adjustable chair – could Terence Conran have sat here learning his trade?
Purchased in 2011 by Mr & Mrs Hains the pottery site has undergone considerable sympathetic restoration and is now the home of arts collective 318 Pottery who make contemporary ceramics using traditional techniques.
Outside of the pottery showing the last remaining bottle kiln (right)
The 318 Artists were showing their work as part of the 2015 Open Studios event and some very interesting and beautiful work was on show.
Tea set and door plaque
Even the conveniences have been restored sympathetically
A lucky find, some beautiful ceramics on show in the most stunning and awe-inspiring building.