History of the Potteries
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the discovery of clay, in 1869, and for over ninety years thereafter, the
Torquay factories produced a vast range of pottery with a wide variety of
decoration styles. They employed, in its manufacture, nationally known
artists and designers, as well as local craftsmen and women.
Society was founded in 1976, by Ian M
Green, to stimulate interest in the history of the old South Devon potteries
and to bring together the collectors of Torquay in a common aim of research.
national meetings are held each year, at venues across the country. At these
meetings, talks and mystery sessions (with the aim of identifying members'
pots) provide members with information. Specialist dealers, an auction and a
members' sales table provide the opportunity to buy and sell. The national
meetings are supplemented by various local events, providing similar agendas
but on a slightly smaller scale.
Society publishes SCANDY,
a colourful illustrated quarterly magazine, which provides various
information about the potteries, their products and their employees; in
addition to notifying members of forthcoming events. Various books and
booklets have also been produced and may be purchased, by members, from the
Shop Manager, either at the regular meetings or by post.
annual subscription covers four issues of SCANDY and admission to all
Society meetings. In this friendly Society, you will meet people from all
over Britain and abroad, who share a love of Torquay pottery and like
nothing better than to talk about it. We have some 1,500 members in Britain,
Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
with a serious interest in Torquay pottery will want to join us and benefit
from all the advantages that membership brings. So send your subscription to
our Membership Secretary today and become part of this friendly, forward
looking international organisation.
Click here to go to our application form.
For those of you who
reside in the US, you may be interested in seeing the North American Torquay
Society's (NATS) website -
TPCS Committee Members and their responsibilities who can be
contacted with any related queries by email
Mr Lewis Bond, Email:
Christine Carter, Email:
Mr Peter Taylor, Email:
Mr Andy Violet, Email:
Pauline Bowles, Email:
Vacant, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Griffiths, Email: email@example.com
Fred Nichols is the keeper and
Rosemary Firch is available to show the archives.
They can be contacted at The Torquay Museum on
Tel: No. 01803 293975