1926 February 15 - 26
11th British Industries Fair
White City, Shepherds Bush, London
P&GR 3.26 p576 (Fair review):
Nobody could avoid being struck by the stand of Messrs AE Gray & Co Ltd, which was certainly designed and arranged by an artist. The lower part of the walls was of simple brown hessian cloth; and the frieze above was decorated with bright posters of a futuristic kind. There was also some very striking plaques on the walls, including one in mauve, blue, yellow and red, it being Mr Gray's idea to give a strong note of colour in the decoration of the stand. Different types of tea sets, etc, were displayed on half a dozen separate oak tables; and, on a handsome dresser at the back, some rich green and platinum vases, with a fish decoration inspired by a Chinese pattern, as well as some ware with a matt finish, in which the toning of the colours gave an appearance of natural stone. On some of the tables were new patterns in Gloria lustre. A new and [dainty treatment of silver and green], looking specially pretty on a beautifully shaped coffee pot, was much admired by the Queen. Another table showed some of the old copper lustres. On one of the artistically arranged shelves which ornamented the corners was a very popular hand-painted design in orange and black, which is applied to all table sundries. Then there were early morning tea sets, in gold lustre and hand-painted colours, and a variety of other bright and refined patterns.
PG 4.26 pp602-603 (Fair review):
AE Gray & Co Ltd, Glebe Works, Mayer Street, Hanley, had a large and impressive display at Stand G9 of high-class treatments in dinner, tea, toilet, and ornamental wares, hand-painting and lustring being a strong feature. Many of the patterns exhibited a tendency towards the futurist, if only in a mild form. The strong point in ornamental wares was the series of hand-painted Gloria lustres. A very charming effect was to be seen in the No 7082 pattern - a celadon-lustred ground with a multi-coloured fruit border (illustration p.603). In this particular pattern the range extended from ornamental wares to useful table sundries. There was another new line introducing [green and a silver lustre]. An interesting range of pieces in the old Gubbio style of lustring was also on show, and there was a new line of orange and blue in a broad decorative treatment which was worthy of a close and detailed inspection. The aim of AE Gray & Co Ltd is to produce pottery that is useful and at the same time decorative, and that they are succeeding in doing this was clearly exemplified in their very attractive exhibit, which, we understand, called forth the congratulations of the King, who visited the stand in the course of his journey through the pottery and glass section.