Treasured Fremington pottery

Harvest jug

We are lucky enough to have an original engraved Harvest Jug made by Fremington pottery for Miss Parminter in 1829. Many of these Harvest Jugs are still in the possession of the families who commissioned them so many years ago.

A potter by the name of George Fishley started to develop his Fremington pottery in the early 19th century and his sons, grandson and great-great-grandson continued the family tradition well into the middle of the 20th century. The family pottery produced everyday ware and ornamental goods during that period and most of it was sold locally.  However, many of the items found their way down the coast to Cornwall and some went across to South Wales by way of returning coal boats. Interestingly enough there also appeared to be a small export trade to the United States from some of the major ports of England and Wales.

Although much of the pottery was manufactured for everyday use, Fremington pottery made specially ordered pieces for individual customers, amongst whom must have been Mary Parminter, whose Harvest Jug we are fortunate enough to have, complete with date (1829) and a detailed inscription.

In the production of these pieces, the local clay was mixed with china clay from Mid Devon, and this mixture could produce a range of colours, ranging from browns and yellows to whites. When the jug had been thrown it would have been decorated and any personal details could have been added as required. After it was glazed the autumnal shades become more apparent and are warm and welcoming.

These Harvest Jugs are sought after and are hard to find, probably because they are still in the possession of the families who commissioned them so many years ago.

The inscription reads:-

“None with the potter can compare, we make our pots with what potters are.  Our great Creator formed us from dust and to the same return we surely must.

Miss Parminter   A la Ronde    February 1829