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Our Annual Get-together in The Potteries 2012.
Angela Wood reports on another enjoyable event.

Speakers Will Farmer & Harvey Pettit

On the eve of this event I did ask myself why, when we only live an hour away from Stoke, were we spending 2 nights in a hotel. The expense! My husband (the collector) would usually prefer to spend the money on his beloved ‘pots’.

Well I am glad we did, what a great weekend!
We did book early for this event and managed to secure a ‘good deal’ from the hotel. Our weekend began at about 4ish in the bar at the hotel where we met up with several die hard collectors and friends.

After dinner we decided that an early night was needed for the events of the next day.

On the Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast, the main event that day was a small but fantastic collector’s fair offering many ‘bargains’ (according to my husband) and for all collectors a ‘feast for the eyes'.

My husband took no time at all purchasing items he had earlier drooled over. Somewhat poorer in the wallet he was however much richer in his beloved Carlton Ware. Oh well, it takes all sorts. He insists I tell you that he bagged a pair of cups and saucers in
Summer Flowers, an 8” cylindrical vase in Mandarins Chatting (black and green) for restoration, a 10” floating bowl in Gum Flower, a 6” vase in Prickly Pansy (matt pale brown) and a candle holder in Egyptian Fan (ruby). He claims that he spent less than £50...... hmmmm, a likely story.

As a non-collector I enjoyed the friendship, the laughter and meeting new people. The Carlton Ware World Collector Club members are a lovely bunch of people.

The day proceeded at a leisurely pace until it was time for drinks then dinner. The whole group enjoyed a delicious dinner sharing many anecdotes and experiences. What a lovely evening.
The main event started at about 11.00 a.m. with Will Farmer auctioneer from Fielding’s and Antiques Roadshow fame. He shared with us his journey into antique collecting and especially his great love of Clarice Cliff. His story began with his early childhood memories of going to auctions with his mother in his Silver Cross pram. He went on to tell us stories about some of the wonderful, if a little eccentric, characters he has met during his career. He also offered an amusing insight into what it is like to be one of the experts on the Antiques Roadshow programme. Everyone enjoyed his talk. I personally could listen to him all day.

Former employees of Carlton Ware joined us for lunch, after which we were treated to a very interesting presentation by Harvey Pettit about 1960s Carlton Ware and how the designs were influenced by the culture, music and famous people of the day. Harvey’s talk and presentation was so very ‘clever’ that ‘utterances’ such as ‘Oh yes’ and ‘Wow look at the similarities in design’ from the audience, could be heard. Harvey never disappoints when giving a presentation or a talk about Carlton Ware and the other great ‘Pot’ makers.

I am sure many Carlton Ware collectors enjoy ‘picking’ Harvey’s brain as he has a wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Another great AGM is over. Can’t wait for next year! I hear the venue is already booked.


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