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Torquay Pottery Collectors Society

 

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Following the discovery of clay, in 1869, and for over ninety years thereafter, the Torquay factories produced a vast range of pottery with a wide variety of decoration styles. They employed, in its manufacture, nationally known artists and designers, as well as local craftsmen and women.

The Society was founded in 1976, by Ian M Green, to stimulate interest in the history of the old South Devon potteries and to bring together the collectors of Torquay in a common aim of research.

Four national meetings are held each year, at venues across the country. At these meetings, talks and mystery sessions (with the aim of identifying members' pots) provide members with information. Specialist dealers, an auction and a members' sales table provide the opportunity to buy and sell.  The national meetings are supplemented by various local events, providing similar agendas but on a slightly smaller scale.

The Society publishes SCANDY, a colourful illustrated quarterly magazine, which provides various information about the potteries, their products and their employees; in addition to notifying members of forthcoming events.  Various books and booklets have also been produced and may be purchased, by members, from the Society's Shop Manager, either at the regular meetings or by post.

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The annual subscription covers four issues of SCANDY and admission to all Society meetings. In this friendly Society, you will meet people from all over Britain and abroad, who share a love of Torquay pottery and like nothing better than to talk about it. We have some 1,500 members in Britain, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Anyone with a serious interest in Torquay pottery will want to join us and benefit from all the advantages that membership brings. So send your subscription to our Membership Secretary today and become part of this friendly, forward looking international organisation.  Click here to go to our application form.

For those of you who reside in the US, you may be interested in seeing the North American Torquay Society's (NATS) website - www.torquayus.org.

 

TPCS Committee Members and their responsibilities who can be contacted with any related queries by email

CHAIRMAN:
      Mr Lewis Bond
, Email: chairman@torquaypottery.com

SECRETARY:
     
Lesley Taylor, Email: secretary@torquaypottery.com

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY:
      Christine Carter
, Email: membership@torquaypottery.com

TREASURER:
      Mr Peter Taylor
, Email: treasurer@torquaypottery.com

MAGAZINE EDITOR:
      Mr Andy Violet
, Email:
editor@torquaypottery.com

PRODUCTS MANAGER:
      Email: products@torquaypottery.com

PRESS AND PUBLICITY:
      Vacant
, Email: Vacant

MEETINGS CO-ORDINATOR:
      Pauline Bowles
, Email: meetings@torquaypottery.com

S.W. AREA CO-ORDINATOR:
      Vacant,
Email: southwest@torquaypottery.com

Committee Member:
      Joy Griffiths,
Email: cm1@torquaypottery.com

SOCIETY ARCHIVIST:
     
Fred Nichols is the keeper and Rosemary Firch is available to show the archives.  
They can be contacted at The Torquay Museum on Tel: No. 01803 293975

Updated 1st November 2011