Originally situated in Devon, Dartington Pottery started an exciting new chapter in 2005 when it was acquired by Grayshott Pottery to continue the making of their well respected and collectable studio ceramics.
Passion and individuality define Dartington Pottery. Each hand painted piece is unique; a combination of original and timeless designs, signed and stamped by the artists with a pride of craftsmanship.
Our Dartington Collection is eagerly sought both in its standard tableware ranges and in special editions, limited editions and exclusive pieces. Available in our extensive Emporium and Gallery on the Surrey/Hampshire border and on our online shop, Dartington pieces make perfect gifts, collectables and add that unique touch to your home décor.
Our artists at Grayshott Pottery now benefit from the set of new skills using high fired reduction glazes to achieve stunning vibrant hand painted finishes, bringing modern and new additions to the Dartington Collection.
The origins of Dartington Pottery lie in the early 1930's when Bernard Leach, writer of “A Potter’s Book”, and his son David set up the first pottery at the Dartington Hall Estate, South Devon.
These beginnings were expanded upon after the war when Sam Haile, a dynamic and innovative ceramic artist, and his wife Marianne de Trey arrived in 1947, with Sam building two new kilns. Sadly, Sam died in a car accident in 1948 leaving his wife Marianne, to carry on running the pottery.
Marianne is not only famed for creating a pottery producing desirable ware, she also established an apprenticeship scheme which earned Dartington's world-renowned training ethos of today.
Janice Tchalenko became part of the team at Dartington as chief designer in the 1980s, when the pottery saw tremendous success, utilising groundbreaking new designs that are still sought after to this day.
The collection owes its design renaissance to Tchalenko, who created signature ranges in high fired reduction stoneware. From this she won the Manchester Prize for Art in Production during 1988.