We offer several ranges of stoneware pots which are attractive and
functional. Our original kitchen pots are strong and reliable in a
brown glaze with a finish like salt glaze. The more decorated pots are
made with a white clay and have a smooth finish in green, white, cream
and blue. The items we make include Teapots, jugs, cups and mugs, lots
of bowls and colanders, plates and dishes, juice squeezers and utensil
jars. The pots are very reasonably priced from a mug at £10 to a big
garden pot at £150.
Work generally available from:
David Mellors Kitchen Shop, Sloane Square, London
Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk
Our pots are thrown and some are reshaped afterwards. They are fired only once ( the raw pot is glazed when dry ) in a large gas fired truck kiln at about 1320 degrees centigrade. All the clays and glazes are mixed from dry materials at the workshop. At present we have one part time assistant who also makes flatware on a jolley machine.
1971 - Joanna and Andrew met at Farnham Art School on the BA Ceramics course
1972&73 - Went to France to work for Australian potter Gwyn Hanssen for a few months. She had taught at Farnham and seeing her workshop running was an invaluable experience.
1973 - Andrew made some gargoyles for Farnham Town Council. A further commission needed salt glazing. Peter Starkey in Norfolk fired this in his salt kiln. He offered us work and in 1975 we took over his workshop when he went to run the Dartington Training Workshop.
1975 - Got married. Worked for six years developing pots in the ‘Functional Studio Pottery' tradition made popular by Leach, Cardew, Ray Finch etc.
1976 - Started selling at The Crafstmen Potters Association in London after meeting David Canter of the Cranks Wholefood shops. Other orders followed; D H Evans,Heals, Liberties. There are a few of our pots in the V & A collection of modern studio Ceramics.
1981 - Bought a property near Cromer with house and barns. Moved kiln etc. Trained three students over following few years.
1989 - Did some designs for Next Interiors.
1989 - Took a sabbatical to South America
1990 - Re-fitted workshops, new kiln, better workspace.
1991 - Had a daughter.
1993 - Featured in Delia Smith's Summer cooking programme & book.
1993 - Had a son.
1994 - Started making more decorative pots using white stoneware clay and dark green glaze. Sold through shows such as Country Living. Liked direct selling.
1994&95 - Developed techniques of roulettes and stamps to decorate pots.
2000 - Did up our little shop at Common Farm.
2001 - Expanded shop and smartened it up. Decided to cut down on wholesaling and concentrate more on selling from home.