I felt very lucky to visit David and Kirsten’s cool house and see their Poole collection.  Poole pottery is beautiful!  The colours, the different shapes, I can see why it is a popular item to collect.  What I love so much about their collection is that they actually USE it everyday.  Yes, it isn’t saved for a special collection, it is used daily.  I guess it would be hard to go back to 3rd grade anything when you have premium sitting in your house.

Poole Pottery is a pottery manufacturer.  It was founded in 1873 by a Jesse Carter in….. Poole, Dorset in the England.  It wasn’t until 1999 that production was moved from the quay to a new site in Sopers Lane.  It closed in 2006.  Good news though, the pottery has recently restarted production at it’s new factory in Burslem, Staffordshire.

Since moving in with Kirsten, she has joined in the Poole collection hunt with gusto.  David and Kirsten can visit an op shop or antique store and, using their X-David started collecting Poole 25 years ago when he bought 60 pieces for 20 dollars on Ponsonby Road.  He was drawn to it as he loved the look of it. Because it wasn’t fashionable at that time, it was dirt cheap.  Flatmates and having nice crockery don’t really go together. Therefore the positioning of the Poole was dependent on the flatmates.  In some flats the Poole didn’t leave the positioning of “under the bed”. With other flatmates, the Poole got out and lovingly used in the kitchen.

ray Poole eyes” can scan the room to detect Poole.  Quite the skill to have when collecting. One thing they did find a few years ago, were spare lids for Poole dishes that they did already have.  They bought them just in case they should ever break one of theirs.  Great thinking, especially in a house with two boys under seven years of age.  Luckily though I have found another clever soul who started a business matching and replacing discontinued Poole pottery.  Got to love an entrepreneur. http://www.poole-pottery-replacements.co.uk/

Gifts of Poole also help Kirsten and David continue to grow their Poole passion.  Like the time a friend of a friend saw Kirsten’s collection and turned up with a divine Poole teapot that she “didn’t use anymore and knew Kirsten would appreciate it”.

A couple of years ago David and Kirsten renovated their kitchen.  I love what they did- especially as so much of their crockery is on display.  I think it adds a lot of personality and originality to a kitchen.  An open shelf of Poole cups sit below a window where you can see the tops of native trees. Beautiful!

When you open their wide, wonderful drawers what greets you?  Yes more Poole, side plate and bowl Poole. I’m pretty awestruck by this stage with all the Poole.  Kirsten does notice and informs me that she is taking better care of it now, it doesn’t go in the dishwasher anymore…… she hand washes it.  

I can’t end this piece without going on about the different colours in David and Kirstens collection.  Look at the two pieces below.

Both blue, both Poole but I love how they are a different shade.  I think this is what  makes Poole special.  In this mass produced time when everything looks the same, Poole has different shades and below, different sizes, but just by a fraction, not much at all.

I will finish by sharing Kirsten and David’s favourite pieces.  David is rather partial to the oval plates.  They are a great shape and different.  Kirsten however finds nothing better in her day than make a real coffee, and drink it out of a thin lipped Poole cup.  This is her morning tea ritual.  Nice.

Sarah Laing did the watercolour that hangs just off from the kitchen. An Auckland based writer and cartoonist she did a series on her favourite crockery and Kirsten asked her to do one of turquoise Poole for David.

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