to the more significant websites featuring Carlton Ware
Note - Many sites are in desperate need of updating and contain inaccurate information. This page was updated in March 2017 and all links were then working. Those that were not were deleted. Google, the most popular search engine, returns more than 1.2 million 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 April 2018This 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 March 2017
This was an excellent site mostly dedicated to ceramic match strikers made by British potters. Alas, when the author's website host, Blueyonder, was bought by Virgin, it appears that the site was not reinstated. Not all is lost - read on.
It appears that Wiltshaw & Robinson made considerably more than any other pottery. Tobacco jars with integral match strikers were also shown. The site devoted two web pages to W&R, one on plain match strikers and the other on crested match strikers. In 2010, with some foresight, we saved the W&R pages, which you can view here.
The Piggy Bank Page. - last reviewed April 2018 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 was last updated in May 2012. Wikipedia - last reviewed April 2018This well-known free encyclopædia is sometimes criticized, but the entry for Carlton Ware is better than many other Internet sources, though still has inaccuracies. At the time of this review, the last modification to this Wikipedia entry was made in July 2017, though this and former contributors are unknown to us. World Collectors Net - last reviewed April 2018 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 March 2017 Created by Clive Birch some years ago for enthusiasts of 1920s and 30s Carlton Ware. Called Art Deco Carlton Ware, the Public group includes some of the fine floral embossed ranges from this period and beyond.
Carlton Ware World makes no judgement about pricing on any commercial sites and leaves this to the viewer.
nicholnack.com.au - reviewed March 2017
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.
carltonchina.info -reviewed March 2017Informative 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. carltonware.com reviewed March 2017
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.
carltonworks.co.uk reviewed March 2017
This website/blog is run by Barry and Elaine Girling, authors of Cast Aside the Shadows, Violet Elmer & the Carlton Works. The site places Carlton Ware into the general context of The Potteries. New articles are posted from time to time.
The Guinness Collectors Club - reviewed March 2017 Membership, £11 per annum, 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.
Retroselect reviewed March 2017 One of the better presented sites, primarily specializing 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. Also the site appears not to have been updated for some time it is still a useful resource. Antique 67 - reviewed March 2017A Canadian website with information on Canadian antiques and collectables markets.
The link here leads to a 2005 article on Carlton Ware by Founder member of Carlton Ware World, Helen Martin.
Zeichen - reviewed March 2017Specialists in 19th & 20th century ceramics - several pages devoted to Carlton Ware offering a good range of items. Pristine Antiques & Collectibles - reviewed March 2018An Australian based on-seller of Beswick Birds, Carlton Ware, Clarice Cliff, Crown Devon, Hollinshead & Kirkham (H & K Tunstall), Paragon, Royal Doulton, Royal Winton, Royal Worcester and Shelley China. Art Ware Collectables - reviewed March 2017 Based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, this company has recently expanded its stock to offer a wide range of new and old china, porcelain and earthenware products, sourced mainly in the UK. This includes old and recently made Carlton Ware.
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 club's 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. The Myott Collectors Club Web based club formed in 2002 as an online source of information and meeting point for collectors and admirers of Myott ceramics. From £15 per year. As of December 2014 membership is suspended whilst the website is revamped. Rob's Poole Pottery Collection Started in 2008; site has excellent images of Rob's own collection of Poole Pottery, together with some reference material, which includes a timeline and a list of Poole Pottery marks.