Canterbury Pottery is located in the Buttermarket area of the city opposite to the entrance to the Cathedral. They are one of the most established businesses found in The Cathedral Quarter and is a shining example of what it has to offer. Canterbury Pottery is an independent, family run business that sells unique, beautifully handcrafted product that is created on site in the rear of their showroom.
The business was established in 1963 and is run by Richard and Jan Chapman. The couple have been together since 1984 and first met when Jan visited the store to place an order and made a real impression on Richard. The pot she required seemed to take a surprisingly long time to be finished and led to numerous visits back to the Buttermarket and eventually a romance blossomed. The couple now run the business together along with their daughter who assists with running the social media and the website.
Richard is a master of his craft and has developed his own set of glazes over the past four decades and if you visit the store you will normally find him working on his Potter’s wheel at the rear of the showroom. His manufacturing process involves glazing each pot by dripping and pouring the glaze in random patterns, which when fired produce the unique effect which makes Canterbury Pottery pieces so instantly recognisable. All their product is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe as well as being fantastic value for money. This has given their bespoke pieces an incredibly broad appeal which has led to continued success with both the local and visitor markets.
In a society where the majority of product is mass produced and our High Streets all appear to look the same it’s great to see an independent store selling handmade product going from strength to strength. This is just one of a number of stores offering something very different to the High Street in the Cathedral Quarter, next time you are in Canterbury why not take the short walk to find us and see what we have to offer.