- Mohan IyengarCabinet Member for Economy, Culture and Community Engagement, Poole Council
Keep Poole Pottery Studio in Poole
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The owners of Poole Pottery Retail outlet and Studio have been seeking new premises, and unless something is found urgently, on 15th October 2017 Poole Pottery's base in Poole will close.We urge the council to do everything in its power to help the company to secure new premises in conjunction with the owners of the pottery.
Poole Pottery has been a major part of Poole since 1873 and plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the town. Poole Pottery are an integral part of the towns heritage and have been an important cultural and economic part of the town for 144 years. Although the Pottery is much smaller than at it's height it still proves a draw to locals and visitors alike. Winning, in 2015, silver in the Small visitor Attractions in the Dorset Tourism Awards. It attracts coach trips to the area that provide much needed customers to the other businesses in the town.
The town is already suffering like so many others in the closure of other retail outlets and if the Pottery closes Poole will lose that which makes it unique from any other seaside town. To lose something that is known worldwide would be a blow that the town would forever regret. There are collectors of the Pottery worldwide. The collectors club has active members in Australia, Canada, U.S.A and in Europe.Whilst the Poole brand is safe it will continue in Middleport the unique one off Studio pieces which are purchased as gifts as well as collectors are hand thrown and decorated in Poole. It is these pieces that take forward the Poole name to the future.
Please try your best to save what remains of a once larger industry. After all thoughout the town their are building and parts of the factory preserved, it seems stupid to lose the pottery and its very skilled workers, that are still producing such works of art. Once gone it will be lost forever.
- Cabinet Member for Economy, Culture and Community Engagement, Poole Council
Please help keep Poole Pottery Studio in Poole, it is vital to the local economy as it brings in lots of tourists. Including coach trips. Not only that but it has been in Poole since 1873 and is recognised and collected worldwide. The council has always shared a commitment to keep Poole in the town and it is a viable business just looking for a new home. Please continue to work with the owners to find a suitable premises so pottery is continued to be made and decorated in the town of it's birth.
We selected you to help us after looking at your profile on site and deciding that like us you would be keen to keep Poole's heart and heritage intact.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
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