Key Figures

Hornsea Pottery - Chapter 1

The remarkable story of Hornsea Pottery has many characters who played their part, perhaps too many to mention in such a brief exhibition.

Obviously, company founders (and brothers) Colin and Desmond Rawson were the linchpins of the company but local businessman and friend of the brothers, Philip Clappison, provided crucial initial funding, as did Charles Wright, a retired Morecambe hotelier whose son, Michael Wright worked on early products with Desmond Rawson.

It was also Desmond's father-in-law, Henry Knowles, a Morecambe solicitor, who provided further cash injection and legal services for the rest of his life. The family connection continued with Desmond's brother-in-law, Bob Hindle, who joined the company in its early days, adding to the share-funding and supplying the business with a straight-dealing policy that served the company with effective sales directorship for over 20 years.

On the design front, in the 1950s, John Clappison, son of early investor Philip, began to gain recognition for his potential, and his patterns became some of the most popular in the company's history. The designer Dorothy Marion Campbell, and modeller Alan Luckham, also produced significant designs.

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DDPH-9-1-1 1 John Clappison, main designer for the Pottery, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-1 2 John Clappison, assessing pottery with prototype photographs behind him, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-1 4 Alan Luckham, designer and modeller, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-1 5 John Clappison sculpting prototype (Colour), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-2 129 John Clappison, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-2 130 Robert Hindle, Financial Director during the Rawson Era, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-2 131 Colin Rawson, brother of Desmond, and co-founder of the company, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-1 133 Philip and Enith Clappison, parents of John. (Philip was with the Rawson brothers almost from the start giving both help with the making of the Pottery. He also gave much financial support over the years), nd. [1960s]