A POTTERY-MAD family are celebrating their 50th year in business.

Eeles Family Pottery are celebrating their 50th year working from the same shop in Mosterton, near Beaminster.

The family business includes David and Patricia Eeles and their sons Benjamin and Simon.

David Eeles began potting in 1949 after training as an artist.

He had a workshop in Hampstead, North London, from 1955 to 1961 when he and his wife Patricia, who is also an artist, moved to Dorset to begin Shepherds Well Pottery in 1962.

Their sons Benjamin and Simon joined them in the family business in 1975 and 1979 respectively. The family celebrated by becoming partners in Eeles Family Pottery in 1990.

The stoneware and porcelain is made from clay mostly found near Wareham and is then hand thrown and decorated.

Benjamin said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been here for 50 years. It is an incredible achievement for my parents and family and my father still works seven days a week in the pottery at the age of 79.”

He added: “Both my brother and I have been inspired by our parents and our father’s decoration and style, which often has the influence of the local natural landscapes and habitats.”

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