Hornsea Pottery

Hornsea Pottery was founded in 1949 by brothers Colin Rawson and Desmond Rawson with funding from a local business man, Philip Clappison. The factory is not only well known for its traditional character jugs and ‘Fauna’ posy vases with attached animal figures but also for being at the vanguard of modern design, employing renowned artists and designers such as Marion Campbell, John Clappison, Alan Luckham,  Martin Hunt and Robin Pavitt.

Hornsea Deer Jug
Hornsea Deer Jug

In the mid 1950s the Rawson brothers started to recognise the potential of Philip’s son, John Clappison. He was asked to produce the stylish, contemporary wares which are much in demand with collectors today.

Tricorn Vases 1957
Tricorn Vases 1957

In 1967, the factory started to produce full ranges of tableware the first being the John Clappison-designed Heirloom, followed by his Saffron and Bronte patterns. In the 1970s notable designs included the popular Concept range by Martin Hunt and Muramics by John Clappison. The company continued to produce design led pottery as well as traditional lines through the 1980s and 1990s including work by Colin Rawson, Robin Pavitt and Steve Webster.

Heirloom Pattern
Hornsea Pottery featuring Heirloom Pattern

Hornsea Pottery went into receivership in 2000 but during their 50 years of production they produced a diverse range of lines with many of the design led pieces becoming increasingly popular especially those by designer John Clappison.

Pebble Vase by Colin Rawson
Colin Rawson Pebble Vase 1982

Relevant Features
Designer John Clappison
Hornsea Muramics Wall Plaques information and price guide