Bideford Pottery: A Legacy of Tradition and Craftsmanship

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Bideford Pottery has been a hub of exceptional craftsmanship and unique designs since its establishment in 1983. The workshop’s pieces draw inspiration from the 17th-century North Devon potters who produced elaborately decorated harvest wares using the sgraffito technique.

Today, the workshop is well-renowned for its commemorative harvest ware, which is produced using the same techniques and materials as its 17th-century predecessors.

KEY TAKEAWAYS
Bideford Pottery draws inspiration from 17th-century North Devon potters.
The workshop is well-renowned for its commemorative harvest ware, produced using traditional techniques and materials.
The Juniper family runs the workshop with a shared passion for ceramics and traditional craftsmanship.
Workshop pieces are made using local red earthenware clay and coated with a warm yellow lead glaze, resulting in a distinctive look.
Bideford Pottery has created commemorative pieces for significant events and has been exhibited in numerous art galleries and museums.
The workshop has expanded its reach by opening a small unit in Butchers Row in the town’s pannier market, where visitors can purchase items and try their hand at the potter’s wheel.

The Juniper Family

The Juniper family, consisting of Harry, Nick, and Susan, run the workshop with a shared passion for ceramics and traditional craftsmanship. 

Harry, the patriarch of the family, has been potting for an impressive 67 years, while Susan specialises in ceramics and glass, and Nick brings his expertise gained from working with various local potters to the family business.

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Workshop Pieces

The workshop’s pieces are made using the local, rich, red earthenware clay and coated with a warm yellow lead glaze, creating a distinctive and recognisable look. 

The sgraffito technique involves carving through a layer of coloured slip to reveal the contrasting clay underneath, resulting in intricate and unique designs.

Through the years, Bideford Pottery has created commemorative pieces for significant events such as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and the launch of great ships like the Nonsuch, the Mayflower, and the Kathleen & May

The workshop’s exquisite pieces have been exhibited in numerous art galleries and museums, both locally and internationally. Many of Bideford Pottery’s works have been acquired or gifted to royalty and famous personalities, further cementing the workshop’s reputation for exceptional craftsmanship and unique designs.

Bideford Pottery Expansion

In recent months, Bideford Pottery has expanded its reach by opening a small unit in Butchers Row, located in the town’s thriving pannier market. Visitors can view and purchase items, as well as have a go on the potter’s wheel, giving them a firsthand experience of Bideford Pottery’s craftsmanship.

Located just a stone’s throw from the town’s busy quay, Bideford Pottery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and at other times by appointment. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich history and traditions of North Devon pottery and witness the Juniper family’s exceptional skills in action.

And Finally

Bideford Pottery is a must-visit for anyone with an appreciation for traditional ceramics and unique designs. The workshop’s commitment to continuing the legacy of North Devon pottery, combined with its innovative approach to expanding its reach.

This ensures that Bideford Pottery will remain a prominent name in the ceramics world for years to come.

Author Matt Ogborne
Matt Ogborne
About the Author

Welcome to Bideford.com! I’m Matt, a seasoned explorer and avid fan of Bideford and the broader North Devon area. With over a decade of consistent family visits, virtually every weekend, I’ve immersed myself in the rich history and vibrant culture Bideford & North Devon.

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