Last year, I made a repeat visit to a hugely important site in Norfolk for cat lovers: the Cat Pottery in North Walsham. It’s just outside the centre of this beautiful little market town, I’m sure it was only a five minute walk. I went along there with family, and even my mum, who now uses a walking stick, found the walk easy enough. The entrance is entrancing, let’s say, as you can see in the pictures below. There’s love and thoughtfulness in the welcome – beautiful displays of plants and railway memorabilia, and a few cats peeping out too, hinting at the riches within.
And what riches! The finished products are on display – apparently about 30% of the business is now hares, but that still leaves cats with 70%, so that’s okay.
The detailing is exquisite … I took a close-up of this one, in a display cabinet, it’s a little different from their normal range.
The moulds, and some unpainted work just out of the kiln, are also to be seen – not just hares, but I could see a few meerkats as well, and a frog, and a dog, and … and … lots of things. I got very excited at the time, and I’m excited all over again now, it was such a beautiful atmosphere there.
Luckily for me, I came across Nick Allen, the son of the founders of the Pottery, Ken Allen and Jenny Winstanley, and he was happy to have his photo taken by me.
I love this place. It’s world famous, and deservedly so. I mentioned the Pottery’s “normal range” in the first part of this post, and it’s the eyes of the cats in that range that are most striking. They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen, deep, luminous and full of expression. The photo below, taken from one of the cats in the cabinet, is an attempt to show how beautiful they are.
The first time I went, years previously, I just had to buy a couple that were like my own cats, and I was able to find cats that were just right, already in stock, I didn’t even need to use their bespoke service. I’ll post again showing the comparison, and showing the luminosity of their eyes.
It was lovely to be in a place where little cat movements are captured so well, and where the markings of the cats are so finely distinguished. A blissful experience.