History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The origins of Dartington Pottery lie in the early 1930's when Bernard Leach and, later, his son David set up the first pottery at Shinners Bridge.
    These inspirational beginnings were expanded upon when Sam Haile and his wife Marianne de Trey arrived in 1947 with Sam building two new kilns. Sadly Sam, a dynamic and innovative ceramic artist, died in a car crash in 1948. His wife Marianne, alone and pregnant, carried on. Miraculously she not only created a pottery producing desirable ware but also established an apprenticeship scheme which both echoed the earlier Leach initiative and anticipated Dartington's world-renowned training ethos of today. In 1983 the Dartington Pottery Training Workshop took over the premises and sold the enterprise to a triumvirate of potters

including Stephen Course, who is an internationally acknowledged expert on glazes.
   The 1980's saw tremendous success utilising groundbreaking new designs from Janice Tchalenko who is currently leading a further design renaissance at Dartington. Their determination to remain a cutting edge art pottery and a centre of training excellence remains the vital motivation at Dartington and has attracted such talented designers as Petra Tilly, Avis Murray, Roger Law and Alexandra Copeland as well as developing considerable talent through the training programme.

Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Dartington Pottery is eagerly sought both in its standard designs, in limited editions and individual artist's 'one-off' pieces.

   In 2005 the pottery started a new chapter in its history. After 25 years at Dartington, Stephen Course moved the production to Grayshott Pottery in Surrey. Run as an employees benefit trust, Grayshott shared a similar ethos as Dartington and agreed to continue both to support the production and development of the Dartington Designs, and to re-establish the skills associated with the pottery.