Blue/green Sharp pot
Blue/green Sharp pot (mark)
Cinque Port dish
Cinque Port dish (mark)
David Sharp Ayrshire cow
David Sharp Ayrshire cow (mark)
David Sharp banana split dish
David Sharp banana split dish (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer I a
David Sharp Buccaneer I a (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer I b
David Sharp Buccaneer I b (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer II a
David Sharp Buccaneer II a (back)
David Sharp Buccaneer II a (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer II b
David Sharp Buccaneer II b (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer III a
David Sharp Buccaneer III a (back)
David Sharp Buccaneer III a (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer III b
David Sharp Buccaneer III b (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer IV
David Sharp Buccaneer IV (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer IV (side)
David Sharp Buccaneer V a
David Sharp Buccaneer V a (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer V a (side)
David Sharp Buccaneer V b
David Sharp Buccaneer V b (back)
David Sharp Buccaneer V b (mark)
David Sharp Buccaneer VI
David Sharp Buccaneer VI (back)
David Sharp Buccaneer VI (mark)
David Sharp covered pot
David Sharp covered pot (mark)
David Sharp dove
David Sharp dove (mark)
David Sharp flamingo
David Sharp flamingo (mark)
David Sharp Friesian cow
David Sharp Friesian cow (mark)
David Sharp hedgehog moneybox
David Sharp horse
David Sharp horse (mark)
David Sharp house plaque
David Sharp house plaque - 2
David Sharp jug
David Sharp lion cub money box
David Sharp lion cub money box (mark)
David Sharp Mermaid dish
David Sharp Mermaid dish (mark)
David Sharp money-frog
David Sharp money-frog (mark)
David Sharp pendant
David Sharp pendant (mark)
David Sharp plate
David Sharp plate (mark)
David Sharp rabbit
David Sharp rabbit (mark)
David Sharp rabbit II
David Sharp rabbit II (mark)
David Sharp rabbit moneybox
David Sharp rabbit moneybox (mark)
David Sharp Scottish ewe
David Sharp Scottish ewe (mark)
David Sharp squirrel moneybox
David Sharp squirrel moneybox (mark)
David Sharp topless plaque
Elliptical Rye vase
Elliptical Rye vase (mark)
Floral Sharp jug
Floral Sharp jug (mark)
Frog money box
Huge Sharp rhino
Large David Sharp owl
Large David Sharp owl (mark)
Rye jug by Sharp
Rye jug by Sharp (mark)
Rye Pottery jug
Rye Pottery mosaic vase
Rye Pottery mosaic vase (marks)
Sharp Bayer elephant
Sharp Bayer elephant (mark)
Sharp lifeboatman
Sharp lifeboatman (mark)
Sharp mouse on cheese
Sharp mouse on cheese (mark)
Sharp mug
Sharp mug (mark)
Sharp owl moneybox
Sharp owl moneybox (base)
Sharp owl moneybox II
Sharp owl moneybox II (mark)
Sharp ram's head plaque
Sharp ram's head plaque (mark)
Sharp squirrel

David Sharp

David Sharp was born in 1932 in Hackney, East London. The product of a broken home, he was taken in charge of the church and when he was eight was sent to foster parents in Sutton Valence, Kent. They were caring parents, who noticed his talent for art and decided that he should go to art school when his conventional education was finished. Duly he enrolled in a two-year foundation course at Maidstone School of Art.

During a summer holiday he visited the charming little town of Rye, just over the Kent border in Sussex. He saw the Rye Pottery and his interest in ceramics was born. In 1947 he became Rye Pottery's first apprentice. He worked for them for six years, learning the necessary skills for a potter, before being called up to serve his country in the army. During his National Service his talents as a boxer and as a musician came to the fore.

When he returned to the pottery two things had changed - the pottery and him. Rye Pottery had grown and become more commercial, concentrating less on studio pottery and more on commercial runs, and David had seen a lot more of the world. He had itchy feet and in 1956 left to form Rye Art Pottery, which later became Cinque Port Pottery, (note singular 'Port'), with his friend George Gray.

When the partnership dissolved, David stayed at the existing Cinque Ports Pottery (which had now become plural) premises at The Mint. David's new company was named the David Sharp Pottery.


Further Reading:
  The Potteries of Rye, 1793 onwards by Carol Cashmore


 
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