Lotus Pottery was made in the small village of Stoke Gabriel in Devon situated on the river Dart by
Michael and Elizabeth Skipworth. The couple made pottery there for around 25 years. Although they made pottery in a range of colours their signature was a dark green glaze with a white daisy motif which is known as 'petal on sage'.
This deep green was one of the interior design colours of the 70s when all things 'natural' were in vogue. People were interested in the romantic idea of growing their own vegetables, living as naturally as possible and being close to the earth at the time - similar to the current resurgence in these ideas. Lotus ware was often purchased by holiday makers, and it was sold in the more top end gift shops.
Although other potteries were making bull ornaments (such as Trentham), the Lotus Pottery version to my mind is far superior - smooth, glossy and with attractive simple lines it is a piece which is sure to become a long-lasting favourite in any discerning vintage collectors home.
Other animals appeared in the range including a cat, owl, horses head and bird. We recently had the cat in the shop and it sold very quickly.