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Anvil Pottery

  Hand thrown, traditional Welsh and Celtic Pottery.

We make a range of pots in stoneware, earthenware, and terracotta.
A proper pottery in the picturesque village of Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh, North Wales.



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Anvil Pottery:

The Pottery occupies what was until the late 1960's the village smithy. Since the village of Llanrhaeadr (which means the holy place by the waterfall) is thought to have been an occupied site since the 6th century A.D., it can be assumed that the smithy had existed as such for hundreds of years, though the present building may only be two to three hundred years old.

The restoration of the smithy, largely completed in 1981, was undertaken so as to intrude as little as possible on the former use of the workshop. The Pottery workshop occupies what was the smith's workshop. Both the remaining forges, the workbench and toolrack and the housing for the forge bellows are intact and left as they were when used by the smith.

The pottery kiln and glazing area are housed in the former shoeing bay where some twenty horses were shod in a day within living memory. Coincidentally, the last smith to live and work here, and his forefathers, had the fine name of Hughes.
Anvil Pottery started trading in April 1981 by Allan Hughes and John Hughes (no relation) in partnership. Both potters share equally in the range of activities which go to make a pot. The clays used are slightly grogged stoneware and earthenware bodies and are ready for use when delivered. All the pots are thrown on the potters wheel and the full range of domestic ware is produced, the emphasis being on use rather than ornament. The decorating techniques used are sgraffito, incising, and slip trailing and the inspiration for the design of decorations comes from naturally occuring shape and line and from things celtic paying homage to the Welsh connection.

The finished stoneware pots are bisque fired and then glazed with feldspathic glazes using iron oxide as the main colouring agent. The pots are then given a further firing in an oxidising atmosphere and are then whole and complete.

A smaller range of earthenware pots are made using clear glazes for the kitchen and from oven to table. Some pots are for the garden and are also made in unglazed earthenware.

The potters also make a selection of reproductions. These pots are virtual copies of historically interesting pots which were made in country workshops during the last two centuries; such as wassail bowls, milk cups and money boxes.

Some Pictures:

celtic pottery, north wales


The tall jugs at either side are about 18" in height.


celtic art and crafts, Wales


Welsh pottery


traditional British pottery from Wales


Contact us at:

Anvil Pottery
The Old Smithy
Llanrhaeadr, Denbigh, North Wales. LL16 4NL

Tel: 01492 530423

From outside of UK Tel: 00 44 1492 530423

We are just off the A525 between Denbigh and Ruthin in the village of Llanrhaeadr, next to the beautiful Old Church and Holy Well of St Dyfnog.


The Pottery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Visitors are welcome to call during these hours. Evening visits by parties for workshop demonstrations can be accommodated by arrangement. tel 01745 890533

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