1935        February 18 - March 1
20th British Industries Fair
Olympia, London
P&GR 3.35 p67 (Fair review):
Many new decorations and shapes were to be seen at the artistic stand of Messrs AE Gray & Co Ltd, a new line for this firm being garden ornaments, including rabbits, owls, toucans and penguins. Notable are the life-like eyes in the animals. There were also masks, with a suggestion of humour in them, including a fox, an Old salt, an owl and Sunny Boy. A very interesting novelty was a nut-holder with a slot through which birds can peck at the nuts, the holder having a modelled bird at the top. There were also several new bird baths in the same colours as the animals, one of them being a hexagon with a couple of modelled love birds. A very novel piece is a hollow ring, or hoop, to hold water, and with a groove round the top in which to place flowers.
PG 2.35 p231 (Fair preview):
Gray, AE & Co Ltd (Stands C11 & 22) - This firm will again show a very varied range of patterns for table use and ornamental purposes, many of the decorations being of the high-grade hand-painted type.
PG 4.35 p511 (Fair review):
AE Gray & Co Ltd, Whieldon Road, Stoke-on-Trent - domestic earthenware in a big range of articles, bearing for the most part hand-wrought decorations, was being shown here, and many new, pretty patterns, in the typical style of the firm, were on view. A very acceptable design was one painted in yellow and grey that was recently on view at the exhibition held at the Royal Academy, and of this a small service was purchased by the Queen, who once again re-visited the stand. There were some interesting jugs with hand-painted designs upon matt-surfaced glazes, and a set of these was also purchased by Her Majesty, together with a very charming table lamp of similar texture. A noble matt-surfaced vase in the centre of the stand, of a stoneware body rather than of an ordinary earthenware, bore an all-over ground of a unique green, bordering almost upon a turquoise. This is one of the Queen's favourite colours, and it was not surprising that it attracted Her Majesty's attention and was included amongst the Royal purchases. Numerous interesting lines in an unglazed stoneware pottery for garden use were also exhibited, and several pieces of this were purchased both by the Queen and the Princess Royal.