The Whitby Pancheon

This is the pot that inspired our love of the Country Pottery of Britain. We bought it in a market in Whitby. Christine wondered why Sean was so excited by it...

This pancheon (a straight sided bowl) is handsome and direct. It's a working pot, so it's generous rim protects it from knocks.

The potter made it quickly and with great confidence, while the marks he left behind on this pot tell us something about how it was made. Looking closely and you can see the imprint of the potters arms as the pot was lifted off the wheel head onto a ware board. As the pancheon was slipped with the interior white clay (imagine sloshing around a couple of pints of cream on the inside) and the finger run around the edge, the potter got white slip over his hands - and then picked the pot up and put it onto a drying board. A few days later honey glaze is sloshed on the inside and around the rim. All this displays a need to make things quickly, as these pots were relatively cheap, the equivalent of the plastic or metal bowls of the day. The potter also knew his pot wasn't going to get shown off on a sideboard...