to the more significant sites featuring Carlton Ware
Note - Many sites are in desperate need of updating and contain inaccurate information. This page was updated December 2012. Google, the most popular search engine, returns nearly 800,000 web pages containing the words Carlton Ware. Most of these are related to auction houses or eBay. Use our eBay searches page to access these.
The most significant remaining entries are listed below.
We separate non-commercial and commercial sites.
In addition, at the bottom of this page, we list websites for other pottery collectors websites. To go directly to this list click_here.
- last reviewed Dec 2012This is a website on the local history of Stoke-on-Trent. The page shown when clicking the link is based on an article on Carlton Ware published 1999 in the now defunct magazine Antiques World. Inevitably there are some inaccuracies, but for the time surprisingly few. The author is quizzical about 20th century pottery selling for larger amounts than some 18th century examples.
Another page from this site gives an early history of Stoke and includes a map showing Copeland Street. To view this page click here.
The Match Striker Gallery - last reviewed Dec 2012
An excellent site mostly dedicated to ceramic Match Strikers made by British Potters.
It seems that Wiltshaw & Robinson, made considerably more than any other pottery.
Tobacco jars with integral match strikers are also shown. The link above takes you plain match strikers but there is another page on crested match strikers. We recommend this informative site, which at the time of review is kept up to date.❑
The Piggy Bank Page. - last reviewed Dec 2012 A site devoted to 20th century British and European Piggy Banks, with some background history about their manufacture and the potteries that made them. Carlton Ware is represented with some of its splendid money boxes from the 1970s. We recommend this attractive site, which at the time of review is kept up to date. Wikipedia - last reviewed Dec 2012 This well-known free encyclopædia is sometimes criticised, but the entry for Carlton Ware is better than many other Internet sources, though still has inaccuracies. World Collectors Net - last reviewed Dec 2012 A collectors resource and portal for collectors of items ranging from Elvis Memorabilia to William De Morgan!
This link will take you to the page on Carlton Ware. The text is somewhat speculative and imaginative! It was written some years ago.
Facebook based group - last reviewed Dec 2012 Created by Clive Birch for enthusiasts of Carlton Ware from the 1930s with an emphasis on some of the fine floral embossed ranges from this period.
Carlton Ware World makes no judgement about pricing on any commercial sites and leaves this to the viewer.
nicholnack.com.au - reviewed Dec 2012
A well presented site run by pottery enthusiast and dealer Bruce Nichol.
Here, you can find useful information about Carlton Ware and many good quality images. Nicholnack Art in Pottery is Australia's leading on-line knowledge repository on Royal Doulton, Royal Winton, Carlton Ware, Clarice Cliff, Art Deco Ceramics and Australian Pottery. As a large site, it is not the easiest to navigate but it is well worth those few extra clicks of the your mouse to reach its content. The site is frequently updated.
Helen Martin's site - reviewed Dec 2012
A site run by founder member of Carlton Ware World, Helen Martin, offering for sale a range of Carlton Ware. Helen now organises a large number of Antiques, Collectors and a Flea fairs all over the UK under the name of B2Bevents.
carltonchina.info -reviewed Dec 2012 Informative site primarily devoted to china made by Carlton Ware after Wiltshaw & Robinson took over the Vine Pottery of Birks Rawlins in 1928. Run by founder members of Carlton Ware World, Derek & Jane Towns, who also offer china for sale. Updated when new patterns or shapes are found. carltonware.com reviewed Dec 2012
A promotional site by ckyk publishing with useful information on pattern and shape numbers, though entries are not error free. Some pattern names adopted on the site are not those in general use, which can be confusing. To gain full access to this site it is necessary to buy two books.
The Guinness Collectors Club - reviewed Dec 2012 Membership is needed to view the Guinness collectors club Carlton Ware Gallery, but the page link here will take you to their open access page on Carlton Ware fakes. The page shows images of original Carlton Ware but not the fakes of them.
The Guinness Collectors Club site also has a page titled "Fake Pottery" swoop, which reports on the prosecution of the "pottery pirate", Robert Snow in 1997. You can only access this from the link to the page above via the internal link called forgers demise.
Walking Ware Pottery.co.uk - reviewed Dec 2012 A very well presented site selling Walking Ware made by Carlton Ware, Rising Hawk and Lustre Pottery. In December 2012 the site was in the process of being updated.
Run by Peter and Lisa who have been collecting Walking Ware for over 20 years.
As of April 2012 the site was undergoing changes so stock list was unavailable.
Roger Michell - reviewed Dec 2012
Roger Michell and Danka Napiorkoska were responsible for the delightfully quirky Walking Ware made by Carlton Ware. The link here takes you to the Carlton Ware/Lustre pottery made at Copeland Street. The extensive range is shown with many beautiful images.
Retroselect reviewed Dec 2012 One of the better presented sites, primarily specialising post war European, but mostly British, pottery. Five pages are devoted to Post War Carlton Ware. We recommend that you view this site because of the way in which it is presented and because of the wide range of wares shown. Antique 67 - reviewed Dec 2012A Canadian website with information on Canadian antiques and collectables markets.
The link here leads to an article on Carlton Ware by Founder member of Carlton Ware World, Helen Martin.
Zeichen - reviewed Dec 2012 Specialists in 19th & 20th century ceramics - several pages devoted to Carlton Ware offering a good range of items. Collectics A US based Collecting & Design Directory covering a wide range of Antiques and Collectables. Carlton Ware World is listed and you can rate our site. Currently we have 9.15 points out of 10 an excellent result. Invaluable This is a subscription auction database service costing from £20 per month, depending on requirements. It is possible, however, to freely view a list of auctions that include Carlton Ware, although payment is needed to receive full details of lots - click here to see a short free list of Carlton Ware presently for sale.
Invaluable offers a a free one months trial but you have to provide them with card detail first - to see of this click here.
Art Ware Collectables A West Yorkshire based company primarily selling recently and newly made Carlton Ware, as well as other Staffordshire pottery still in production. In July 2011 the company became the licensed manufacturer of Carlton Ware figurines.
Other Pottery Collectors & Enthusiasts websites
Listed alphabetically by make or type of pottery
The Fieldings Crown Devon Collectors Club Founded in 1999, by Peter & Brenda Aspinall, but now relinquished to Alan Roberts.
In November 2011 the club's website was re-launched when a decision was made to become solely web based because of the high cost of printing the Argos, the clubs magazine. Membership is a modest £5 for five years to cover the cost of web hosting.
Gray's Pottery WebsiteStarted by Paul & Kathy Niblett in 2007. A site for researchers of the history and products of Gray's Pottery, as well as for anyone with a general interest in Stoke-on-Trent, its industry and its history. Rob's Poole Pottery Collection Started in 2008; site has photos of Rob's own collection of Poole Pottery, together with some reference material, which includes a timeline and a list of Poole Pottery marks.
Sites run by Commercial Potteries
The Carlton Ware trade mark was bought by Francis Salmon in 1997. Since then Mr Salmon has commissioned various Staffordshire potteries to make new Carlton Ware.
For some time, the new pottery was sold via Mr. Salmons website carltonwaredirect.com. In 2011 this was replaced by carltonware.co.uk.
(updated November 2011)
Moorcroft PotteryThe Edwards family have controlled Moorcroft since 1993. The Moorcroft pottery is one of the last remaining independent British art potteries operating from its original factory, which is in Stoke-on-Trent. It continues to employ tubelined decorations, which were pioneered by William Moorcroft at the end of the 19th century. The pottery runs a collectors club, primarily for new Moorcroft. £30 per year. Poole Pottery Collectors Club Poole Pottery went into administration in 2007 and its assets were bought by Lifestyle group, who also own Royal Stafford in Stoke on Trent, where Poole pottery is now made. Lifestyle group created their Poole Pottery Collectors Club in 2008 primarily for new Poole. £30 per year.