Prinknash tankard with gun metal glaze

Prinknash Pottery (Andrew Huckett) Collection

In 1928 Benedictine monks from Caldey Island, South Wales, founded an abbey at Prinknash, near Cranham.
In 1942, while digging foundations for a new building, they found a bed of clay and began making and selling pottery to support their community.
Both monks and lay people worked in the pottery. It was housed in wooden huts until 1974, when a purpose-built pottery was constructed.
In 1997 the pottery sold to the Welsh Pottery Company and later closed down.


Prinknash pottery made a wide range of decorative, table and commemorative wares, using several different methods:

• Stoneware - thrown on a potter’s wheel.
• Earthenware - made by pressing clay into moulds
• Slipware - made by pouring liquid clay into plaster moulds.

Prinknash pottery is best known for a metallic ‘pewter’ glaze, but blue, green, russet and other colours were also used.
All the pottery was fired before and after glazing. Some designs were hand painted or decorated with transfer prints. These were fired for a third time.
In our off-site stores, the Museum has a large collection of more than 400 pieces of Prinknash pottery donated by the Reverend Andrew Huckett.


Close up of detail on Prinknash Coronation Tankard


Did you know?

The museum's decorative art collections are extremely varied: from Majolica vases to locally produced pottery; from souvenir wares to Wedgwood


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