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Jug - Hunslet


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    1997-1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartley, Greens & Co. (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Slip cast with applied handle, turned banding and rouletted decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hartley Greens & Co.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This jug is from the 'Hunslet' range, named for the area of Leeds where the original Leeds Pottery stood. It was made in 1997-1998 in Stoke-on-Trent but is faithful to the earlier factory's designs of about 1790-1810.
Founded in 1770, Leeds Pottery quickly gained a reputation for elegant cream-coloured earthenware in the neo-classical style. During the nineteenth century, the pottery's export markets shrank considerably when factories in Europe and Russia copied its wares. Changing tableware fashions were another factor in the pottery's closure in 1881. Leeds Pottery was re-started in new premises in 1888 by a former employee of the original factory and this time it lasted until 1957. The enterprise recommenced in 1983 when Leeds City Council set up a workshop for reproductions copying pieces from museum collection. This was subsequently sold to the private sector and production moved to Stoke-on-Trent. There a re-incarnated Hartley Greens & Co. produced creamware from the original moulds and pattern book designs from 1992. The company became a subsidiary of Denby Holdings Ltd. in 2011 and while some processes are now fully modernised, many aspects of production are carried out skillfully by hand in the same manner that the original wares were made and decorated.

Physical description

Jug, cream-coloured earthenware, simple, neo-classical form, large size (described by factory as 17cms); there are turned slightly raised bands above the foot and a band of rouletted chevrons sits just below the mouth of the jug; the loop handle has stylised foliate terminals.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)


1997-1998 (made)


Hartley, Greens & Co. (made)

Materials and Techniques

Slip cast with applied handle, turned banding and rouletted decoration

Marks and inscriptions

* '
Printed underneath.


Height: 17.3 cm highest point is partway along spout maximum, Width: 21.5 cm spout to handle maximum, Depth: 14 cm maximum, Diameter: 12 cm mouth

Object history note

Made about 1997-1998 to a traditional Leeds Pottery design from a pattern book of about 1790-1810.

Leeds Pottery was founded in 1770 by business partners Richard Humble, Joshua and John Green, the latter a master potter, Henry Ackroyd and John Barwick. The factory at Jack Lane, Hunslet, Leeds, quickly gained a reputation for its fine neo-classical style creamware, much of which was embossed and pierced. William Hartley joined the partnership in 1776. For many years, the business thrived despite competition from Wedgwood, and exported to Europe and Russia. During the 19th century, though, it became a victim of its own success in that its designs were then copied by Continental creamware factories, causing its markets to shrink. With changing fashions in tableware, the factory closed in 1881 and was subsequently demolished.

James Wraith, who had worked for the pottery in his youth, re-started the Leeds Pottery in 1888, using the old designs. This second incarnation of the factory closed in 1957. In 1983, Leeds City Council founded a workshop for the disabled where reproductions from museum collections were made. When funding faltered, the Council sold the workshop to the private sector and production moved to Stoke-on-Trent. From 1992, the businessman John Croft ran the company as Hartley Greens & Co., using original moulds and patterns. Following liquidation, the company became a subsidiary of Denby Holdings Limited in 2011. It continues to produce creamware to traditional Leeds Pottery patterns. While some techniques and processes are modernised, many aspects of production are still carried out skillfully by hand.

Descriptive line

Jug, cream-coloured earthenware, 'Hunslet' range, large size, made by Hartley, Greens & Co., Leeds Pottery, ca. 1997-1998

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

John D. Griffin, 'The Leeds Pottery 1770-1881', Leeds Art Collections Fund, 2005 (2 vols.)




Slip cast; Turned


Ceramics; Creamware & Pearlware

Production Type

Mass produced


Ceramics Collection

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