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For pottery Ken was known best for the designs seen on the Hornsea 'Love Mugs' (a series of 12), but four of his designs also appear on Weatherby dishes and mugs.

There are also a two figures done for Iden Pottery and some personal sculptures.
Iden and Others

Hornsea Pottery

Hornsea Love Mugs

Square & round mug handlesKen designed the patterns for the Hornsea Love Mugs, a set of 12, each featuring a month of the year. The design is different to his normal style, but this may been a criteria to emulate John Clappison's style. The design probably dates to 1975, but the mugs were definitely marketed from 1976 to 1981.

<p >Thanks to Jim Bishop, we now know there are two different handle styles: a round and a rectangular one (see right).

Sold as 'Love Mugs' in the UK, they were also distributed in the USA by Kosta Boda under the name 'Young Lovers Mugs'.

There are numerous backstamps on the Hornsea mugs. Only two dates are known at present (1977 & 1978), but there are many that show a series of dots, either with a date, or on their own.

Three Hornsea Love Mugs backstamps

With thanks to Pauline Coyle (author of Gone to Pot, The Life and Work of John Clappison) and visit Pauline's site, Hornsea Pottery for more details of this excellent book. Other source: Hornsea Pottery 1949-89 by Brian Heckford

The complete set of Hornsea Love Mugs are shown below.

Weatherby Pottery

Weatherby backstampWeatherby Pottery

The pottery company, Weatherby in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, created a small range of dishes and mugs from the Menagerie range.

Cockerel mugTankard/Mug

Only the Cockerel has been found decorating the tankard/mug, but it is assumed the other three animals favoured by Weatherby (Cheshire Cat, Hedgehog and Pig) will also feature.


The difference between the application of the patterns on these dishes and the tiles produced by Ken is quite marked. The Cheshire Cat, for example, does look more primitive and blotchy, almost as though the enamels have worn. This is also particularly noticeable on the Cockerel mug.

Three Weatherby plates; Cheshire Cat, Hedgehog & Pig plus group shot showing difference in sizes

Iden Pottery

A single example of
a pair of moneyboxes
(or cruet set?)
Iden Pottery

Ken's brother, Dennis, formed and ran Iden Pottery from 1959, only retiring in 2002.

The cruet set shown (it is believed the girl figurine was also intended to be used as a moneybox) is backstamped Iden Pottery, but is believed to be the sole collaboration between Dennis and Ken.



Ken also produced many figurines, which are featured here. An Owl features twice - this was Ken's favourite animal...