Ark pottery is a real cottage industry. The potters work in the former dairy building adjacent to their home, a thatched Devon longhouse. Established in the 1970s, it is one of the few working potteries in Devon where visitors can still see pots being made by traditional hand "throwing".
The name ‘Ark Pottery’ comes from Noah’s Ark and reflects the fact that the first things to be made by the potters were hand-modelled animals, which are still made today. Many of our thrown pots also incorporate animal decorations.
Angela Glanville, joint founder of Ark Pottery, trained at Hornsea College of Art, London, Exeter College of Art and Reading University. She spent several years teaching before becoming co-founder of Ark Pottery; she designs and makes the range of hand-modelled animals for which the pottery is renowned, as well as throwing a range of pots on the wheel.
Naome Glanville has recently joined the family business and throws pots on the wheel as well as designing and making our distinctive ceramic fairy doors.
Vaughan Glanville was the joint founder of Ark Pottery. He sadly passed away in 2015. Vaughan worked as a potter for 40 years. He trained at Exeter College of Art and Reading University. After several years as an art teacher, he became a full time potter/sculptor. He mainly “threw” pots in the traditional manner on the pottery wheel, but also created sculpted ceramic forms, sometimes in combination with thrown work. A display showing a selection of his work can be seen when you visit the pottery.