Errington Reay & Co Ltd
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Summer: 9am - 5pm
Winter: 10am - 4pm
Errington Reay salt glazed pottery is a home-grown and highly respected brand of British made pottery established in 1878. As the UK’s most popular brand for garden planters, our aim is to provide exceptional garden pottery of outstanding quality and building long lasting relationships with all of our customers. We maintain a passionate commitment to our heritage and are proud of the strong bonds developed with our customers, both old and new.
What We Do
Errington Reay is unique in being the last commercial pottery in Britain licensed to produce salt glaze. Today, we are proud that it is still a traditional family run pottery sought after for the individual salt glaze and quality craftsmanship. Each Errington Reay pot is created by hand and fired at the highest temperatures, which mean our pots, can withstand the rigours of the often harsh British winters. You can tell immediately if a pot is from one of our outstanding ranges - as each pot has the Errington Reay potter’s signature stamp emblazoned on the front - so you can be sure of no imitation! Errington Reay has a range of products that is unbeatable in design, and full of irresistible English charm, guaranteed to add style and elegance to any garden.
How it all began…
Errington Reay was established in 1878 by the original founders, Robert Errington and William Reay in Bardon Mill, which was originally a water-powered woollen mill since the late seventeenth century. We have remained a family business since the
Victorian times when our pottery earned its nationwide reputation for high quality sanitary ware, drainage pipes and ornamental pottery. Today, the factory manufactures a wide range of the finest salt glazed stoneware planters.
The Pottery at Bardon Mill
Errington Reay is a supplier to major retailers and the pottery today remains at its original location at Bardon Mill. Using traditional ways of hand-throwing combined with specialist glazing and firing techniques, this old fashioned formula gives Errington Reay pottery it’s truly unique style. Hand throwing requires a great deal of skill and apprentices can take up to two years learning. Several of our master potters have been with the company for over 25 years.
The unique Errington Reay salt glaze finish is produced from our two brick kilns. Both these kilns were completely refurbished in 2001. The “Newcastle” kiln dates back to 1925 and the “Beehive” Kiln to 1932. Once the kilns are filled, the door is bricked up. The kilns then take two days and nights to reach the full firing temperature of 1250 degrees centigrade at which point, the salt is added. This forms a glaze which results in the glossy sheen, enhancing the natural colour of the pot. The salt can also be used as a decorative element on pots, and with specialist handling it can be used to create salted patterns. When the salting process is complete, the kilns are left for three days to gradually cool before being emptied.
Every Errington Reay product carries our 10-year frost proof guarantee, the signature stamp of the potter’s initial and year of creation.
Pots, containers and planters add style and vitality to any part of a garden or outdoor space.
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Bardon Mill is situated adjacent to the A69 Trunk Road on the edge of Northumberland National Park, with the most popular length of Hadrians Wall, Vindolanda and Housesteads nearby and the lovely town of Hexham only a few miles away.