Over the long Bank Holiday weekend we pootled out in the trusty camper van for a days ‘thrifting’ in our favourite haunt of St Leonards and Hastings in Sussex. Rain stopped play, we got thoroughly soaked when the heavens opened, and our day only resulted in a couple of Hornsea mugs but they are special and we are delighted.
We began collecting Hornsea pottery back in the 90’s and have always loved the mugs designed by John Clappison in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I have an affection for Hornsea Pottery (which was on the Yorkshire coast between Hull and Scarborough and is now closed) as a trip to the ‘seconds’ shop was always a treat with my Grandparents and resulted in a gift of one of the mugs that are now so collectable. In fact I re-bought one of my childhood mugs when Clappisons work was still unknown a few years ago, a lovely design of paper chain men in Thames green and blue.
One of our mugs, an early carboot or junk shop find still has the price on the bottom, 50p. Now prices even in the junk shops of St Leonards are 10 times this and I see there is a Hornsea Pottery museum which we must go to next time we are up to our Yorkshire family. Somehow there is something very satisfying seeing things that you started to collect when people considered them worthless now celebrated and in a museum!
Anyway here are a few close-ups of the three Hornsea star sign mugs for your enjoyment.. Leo, Libra and Aries.