Summerbank Pottery


Location and period of operation:

Summerbank Pottery





Earthenware manufacturers at Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • In 1946 William Henry Bailey operated as a pottery wholesaler in the High Street, Tunstall.

  • Manufacturing was started in 1952 at nearby Sandyford and then at Paradise Street, Tunstall.

  • William H. Bailey died in 1955 and the business was continued by his wife Irene P. Bailey. 

  • In 1958 the business was moved to larger works on Butterfield Place, Tunstall. The directors were Irene P. Cooper (ne้ Bailey) and Frank E. Cooper. 

  • It is recorded that in 1968 the pottery was taken over by Mr. J. M. Sadler (son of the late Mr. John Sadler) - [A Handbook of British Pottery Manufacturers 1900-2010; Michael Perry]

  • The business got into financial difficulties and in September 1971 it was voluntarily wound up and the assets sold. It was able to continue as Summerbank Pottery (1970) Ltd.

  • From 1991 the directors are listed as being from the Savage family. 

  • In February 2001 the business was again voluntarily wound up and continued as Summerbank Pottery (2001) Ltd.

  • By 2004 the business was again in financial difficulties and in April 2004 it was voluntarily wound up and remained closed. 




advert for Summerbank Pottery Ltd
Pottery Gazette Reference Book 1960 


the entry in this gazette lists "...animal figures, figurines, plaques, vases, wall vases."




The London Gazette
21 September 1971

notice of voluntary winding up under a liquidator 



The London Gazette
2 March 2001

notice of voluntary winding up under a liquidator 

The London Gazette
7 May 2004

notice of voluntary winding up under a liquidator 



Shoveler Duck 

American Baldpate 

American Teal 


"In 1954, Mr Bailey approached Mr Peter Scott of the Wildfowl Trust to participate in production of a series of exclusive models of the wildfowl in the keeping of the Trust. 

Unfortunately William Bailey died in October 1955 in the midst of the production process and completion of the project fell to the new proprietor, his wife Mrs Irene Bailey. The models, made to exacting standards, were released in February 1956 and were an immediate success.

Summerbank Pottery, however, had limited production capacity and production of the models was soon suspended in favour of less intricate ornamental wares."

[A Handbook of British Pottery Manufacturers 1900-2010; Michael Perry]

advert for Wild Fowl by Peter Scott
Summerbank Pottery 
Pottery Gazette Reference Book 1956 





flying duck wall plaques
Summerbank Pottery
Staffs. England

much simpler design & less detail than those designed by Peter Scott 




animal models with movable heads were introduced in 1959



small wall plaque - Scottie dog

Summerbank Pottery 
Made in England 


Examples of Coopercraft figures - 
over 140 animals were produced, especially dogs


Made in England

name sticker which was often used on the animals


Coopercraft trade name was derived from the surname of the owners -
 Irene P. Cooper (ne้ Bailey) and Frank E. Cooper. 

figure of a deer  
Cooper Craft - Summerbank Pottery (1970) Ltd



Coopercraft Catalogue showing 138 figures of Cattle, Dogs, Cats, Sheep, Cattle, Farm Animals and Wildlife. 
Printed by "Desmond Cooper & Co." of Squirrel Works, Birmingham. 


same 4 page catalogue - this time printed by "Summerbank Pottery (1970) Ltd." 



A selection of Coopercraft dogs

a small selection from the collection of David Aynsley, who has the 
world's largest collection of Coopercraft animals

- YouTube video of part of David's collection -



VW Beetle teapot 

Morris Traveller money box 

E-Type Jaguar teapot 


Thomas Dean & Sons, Black Works
The Dean business operated here as an earthenware manufacturer from 1880-1952
after the moved this became Summerbank House

1951 map ( 


Summerbank House, High Street, Tunstall

Google Street View 2008


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