Art Deco Potteries
Overlapping and then following on from the Art Nouveau movement came the Art Deco style of the nineteen twenties and thirties. With a more geometric and streamlined approach, Art Deco forged an era with many manufactured goods emulating the styles developed by the artists of the time. Architecture, cinema and music were all affected during this heady age of jazz, not to mention vast outputs of decorative ceramic goods from the numerous Art Deco Potteries that sprang up during the time.
Ashtead Potters 'Prometheus' model for Hope's Heating & Lighting Ltd. by Percy Metcalfe (left) and a Myott Beaky Jug (right)
At this time there was a massive increase in the output of ornate ceramics, especially from the potteries of the Staffordshire area of Stoke-on-Trent. The Art Deco Potteries website concentrates of those factories outputting art wares which have since become indicative of the era and which encapsulate the Art Deco movement.
Royal Doulton Art Deco vases
Though difficult to set a particular start for this 'modern' trend as it became known, by around 1910 significant advances had been made by major contributors to the new crisp appearance of Art Deco.
Though the actual coining of the phrase Art Deco didn't happen until 1966 the consensus is that is derived from the Paris exhibition of 1925, L'exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels. Like Nouveau, Art Deco has its roots in France.
Clarice Cliff vase in the Cafe Pattern - circa 1930