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Studio Poole

Studio Poole


We are the largest Poole Pottery Outlet in the World with a working studio! Find us on Poole Quay, next to Pavers Shoe shop.

Why not have a go at painting your own masterpiece from our wide selection of bisque animals and fantasy creatures?

Paint a pot open 7 days a week Monday to Saturday 9.30am till 5.00pm Sunday 10.30am till 4.30pm last entry 4.00pm weekdays and Saturday 3.00pm Sundays

We also host Birthday parties, (from £12.99 per child inc buffet), School parties, (30 children from £4.99) and Mates evening parties by appointment, (minimum 15 people at £14.99).

Suzanne Smith, (General Store Manager) and the Team welcome you for a great experience!

Personal Shopping:
Ask for our knowledgeable Sales Curator, Bill Pluck, Thursdays and Sundays - and he will gladly assist you.

Our store is wheelchair accessible and dog-friendly.


Poole Pottery itself, has seen many changes over the years and today the majority of production is carried out by slip casting, (liquid clay poured into a mould), or jolleying production, (a shape is formed with a tool by pushing and turning). The finished goods are always hand crafted - with the painting being carried out by the skilled painters - with hundreds of years experience between them.

Potters and designers with such great names as - Harold and Phoebe Stabler, Truda Carter, John Adams, Alfred Read, Guy Sydenham, to name but a few - have all shown direction and innovation in Poole's own case. Today, hand throwing is still carried out for the studio pieces with the master potter, Alan White, making all trials and samples, for the later slip cast production models.

Dolphins have been the mascot emblems of Poole for many years; and as if to celebrate this - Delphis, or in Greek – Dolphin, shows us the fluid grace and memory of this mammals movement. The later themes then took on other inspirations from nature, always finding the essence of movement and freedom. The very earliest Delphis pieces were all hand produced with the most intricate of carved patterns: notably, early Delphis can fetch hundreds of pounds today.

As time moved on for Delphis – a standard range of shapes were produced by slip castingor press moulding, which became the mainstay of output: but the skill of the potter was not forgotten and many of the tall (sometimes referred to as umbrella stand), vases were still made by the potters on the wheel, exhibiting the expertise required to produce exacting standards of height and width.

Whatever period of the potteries history we look at good design combined with Poole commitment to both traditional skill and modern innovation has held it in good stead and we hope for many years to come.

Today Studio Poole on the Quay has the same potter and artists who have worked here for over 100 yrs between them and producing pottery with the same care and dedication that put Poole on the map; and still, with this quality - the vases and plates of today and yesterday will be the heirlooms of tomorrow.



Opening Times

Opening Times (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 17:00
Sunday10:30 - 16:30
Unit D2-D5, Dolphin Quays
The Quay
BH15 1HU
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Call direct on:

Tel01202 497492


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Car Parking is found nearby at The Quay Visitors, Old Orchard Multistorey Carpark, BH15 1SB (only £1 an hour).

Coaches: parking is available nearby for coaches and Drivers can gain assistance from our General Store Manager.

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