Welcome to the Gray's Pottery website. It is intended to be a site for researchers of the history and products of Gray's Pottery, as well as for anyone with a general interest in Stoke-on-Trent, its industry and its history.
The site, launched in the centenary year of the company being established (1907), has grown to explore Gray's Pottery in detail, to describe and illustrate its products and to expand its database of patterns.
We welcome enquiries and contributions in order to develop a much wider and accurate understanding of what was an important, successful and innovative 20th century English pottery.
The N Clipper backstamp used on all wares between 1931 and 1961 with minor variations.
Pattern 1581 of 1918. This particular example was selected by Queen Mary for the Red Cross Bazaar in Hanley.
Pattern A2999 of 1935. Almost certainly a Sam Talbot design, it is typical of Gray's floral patterns of the late 1920s and the 1930s.
Pattern D1401 of the late 1950s.
This is not a commercial site and will not be trading in Gray's ware, nor will there be any discussions of market prices of such ware.
The 64-page book Hand-painted, Gray's Pottery, originally produced for an exhibition of Gray's Pottery at The Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, England in 1982, was last updated and enhanced in 1992 (ISBN 1 874414 00 9). This regularly updated website has been created with the book as its foundation: it supplants the backstamp details and the pattern references in the book.
P & K Niblett respectfully request that anyone using material from this site acknowledges its provenance, especially in the use of contemporary periodical reports (eg Pottery Gazette) now owned by Lema Publishing Ltd. Note that this site has no connection with, and does not relate to, Grays pottery products of either Aldridge or Shenstone in south Staffordshire.
August 2018: Pattern table updates, updated named patterns, Saffron, Sunnydale, Sports China. New named Pattern London Prints.Two new back stamps B4 (1929), N10 (1930)More information about designers John Guildford and Susie Cooper. Update to Paintress designers.Updates to Prints and verses and New verse 22V.
Updated information on BIIA 1920 Exhibition and 1922 BIIA exhibition.1923 BIIA exhibition pdf is now text, as is 1923.New exhibition found 1920 British Institute of Industrial art Adverts: Updates to 1922 and 1929Additional detail in Retailers.