The South Wales Pottery


Items from the Parc Howard Collection.

Public Collections of Llanelly Pottery.

The first port of call for anyone interested in finding out more about Llanelly pottery would be Parc Howard in Llanelli itself. It houses the Carmarthenshire County Council collection of Llanelly pottery, which is by far the most comprehensive covering as it does the complete spectrum of items manufactured during the pottery's lifetime.

The collection gives an historical overview to the pottery and has an excellent display of many hundreds of items, all presented in chronological order showing their changing styles.

his earthenware vase was made at the Llanelly Pottery between 1850 and 1860.
Carmarthen Museum holds a small but interesting collection in a dedicated cabinet upstairs as well as a number of other items around the museum itself. Swansea Museum has an excellent ceramic section, although principally directed towards the Cambrian and Glamorgan potteries. However, there are sections dedicated to Ynysmedw, Eweny and also Llanelly. The Llanelly section is notable for a superb pair of large vases in Amherst Japan pattern.


Llanelly Pottery, Earthenware bust of John Wesley, South Wales Pottery c. 1840-55
The National Museum houses the Morton Nance colection of Swansea pottery which is worth a visit in itself, but apart from this it also houses an interesting selection of Llanelly pottery including a bust of John Wesley and many more excellent items.