About Brixton Pottery

Brixton Pottery Ltd
9 Harpers Lane
Presteigne
Powys
LD8 2AN

Tel: 01544 260577
Fax: 01544 260527

brixtonpottery@btinternet.com

The designers of Brixton Pottery

Brixton Pottery is designed by Alex and Tania Dufort from their rural retreat in Mid Wales and made in the EU. They started designing in 1987, and have so far accumulated a portfolio of about 500 spongeware designs, and 60 pottery shapes, making a total of 30,000 possible products. Tania and Alex will design to order, with a minimal setting up charge, any reasonable order of Brixton Pottery. This is usually a minimum of 50 pieces. Please contact Brixton Pottery for your wholesale and mail order requirements.

4,000 years of history

The technique of spongeware probably originated in Crete 4,000 years ago.

The museum in Heraklion has a wonderful display of Minoan ceramics, some of which are clearly decorated with sponge stippling. Much of the Delft pottery on display in the Victoria and Albert museum shows sponge decoration, but it was not till the 19th century that decoration using intricately cut sponges became at all widespread.

Traditional techniques

Fine root sponges were carefully cut into floral, leaf and geometric shapes, dipped in coloured oxides, and applied to the biscuit pottery. The effect produced was very similar to potato printing.Complex repeat patterns were easily achieved, and the spongeware technique developed throughout the nineteenth century. Apprentice workers were thus able to produce elaborate and highly decorative pottery. Sponge decoration could be applied to all sizes and shapes of pottery, and allowed factories to decorate individual pieces without having to have bespoke transfer engravings for each piece.

Brixton Pottery is made by techniques that have remained unchanged for the past 170 years. The liquid clay is poured into a plaster mould 11% larger than the finished piece. The liquid is left in the mould for 45 minutes, being topped up from time to time as the plaster absorbs water. At the end of the 45 minutes, the mould is tipped, and emptied, but for the film of clay adhering to the inside. This forms the piece of pottery, which is removed, dried, decorated and fired

This technique is also used by many potteries in the Staffordshire ceramics industry, including Bridgewater and Portmeirion.