Rye Pottery is a contemporary design-led company in Sussex, England. Originally established in the late 1700’s, we’re a family-owned business producing unique hand-made homewares & decorative accessories.
We’re a classic craft production business – a fusion of high art and expert craftsmanship. All our Collections are conceived, designed and modelled by an expert team of sculptors and ceramicists, with a clutch of Design Awards and MBEs behind them. Once a design enters production, pieces are reproduced individually by our highly-skilled team here in Sussex.
Rye Pottery is one of just of a handful of production potteries left in the world that continues to produce everything by hand, using a 17th Century decorating technique, known variously as Faience, Majolica or Delft. In our Sussex studios, each piece undergoes a minimum of 10 hand processes before reaching the finished state. At the heart of this process is the freehand brushwork demonstrated by our painting team.
This increasingly rare production style, combined with our beautiful colour palette and sculptural shapes create a look that is quintessentially Rye Pottery.
Our timeless technique lends itself to everything from our modern tableware and homewares, to the elegance of our 18th century figures and animals and the medieval feel of the Canterbury Tales or The Bayeux Tapestry 1066 collections. Our celebrated Mid-Century Modern collections are still much sought-after today but past pieces are also part of the Ceramics Collections of the V&A and the Geffrye Museum.
Run by just three families for over 200 years, our own family Cole re-opened Rye Pottery in the beautiful medieval town of Rye after WW2 in 1947. Currently run by the third generation of Coles – Josh & Tabby – classic style, timeless design and a demand for quality are at the heart of every piece produced.
If you visit our showroom in the centre of Rye, England, you’ll discover the entire Collection alongside occasional “seconds”, samples and a variety of one-off studio pieces.
We sell direct and ship worldwide so our mail-order skills are finely honed – we don’t bat an eyelid at sending any of our delicate pieces to our collectors across the globe!
So, do please call us on +44 (0)1797 223038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries or would like to buy a piece.