Small Dunster Pottery vase
Small vase made at Dunster Pottery in Somerset. The vase has an attractive decoration where bands of wet glazes have been dragged or combed to form a striped pattern of blended colours.
The decoration is not typical of the Fishley Holland style developed at Clevedon and continued at Dunster by George Tonkin Holland, most of which are in two colours with slip decoration. This may be and experimental early piece of Dunster (an agate swirled pottery called Protean ware was also developed) or could be a piece by one of the younger generation who joined George at Dunster.
Dunster Pottery was one of serveral potteries run by the Fishley and Holland families in the South West over several generations. The earlier potteries were at Fremington and Braunton in North Devon before William Fishley Holland (1889-1969) senior moved to Clevedon, Somerset in 1921 at first taking over an existing pottery and subsequently setting up his own. Both of his sons, William Fishley Holland (1915-2001) junior and George Tonkin Holland (1912-2005) and one of his daughters, Isabel Annie Holland (1914-1986) worked at the pottery with their father, but George set up his own pottery in 1959 at Dunster.
- Height approx. 8cm
- Diameter at rim approx. 4.5cm
- Diameter approx. 9cm