Shorter & Boulton


Location and period of operation:

Shorter & Boulton


Nov 1878



Earthenware and Majolica manufacturer at Copeland Street, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent

  • The partners were Arthur Shorter and James Boulton

  • Shorter and Boulton did a large business in majolica in the USA. Their work is almost always unmarked 

  • In 1891 Arthur Shorter left the running of the business to James Boulton and Shorter managed the company established by his brother-in-law A. J. Wilkinson following the latter’s accidental death. 

  • In 1897 Bolton's son, William, took over the running of the business.

  • In 1900 Arthur Shorter’s younger son John Guy Shorter became manager and by 1905 the company had become Shorter & Son. 


Previously: Shorter, Bettelley, Millward & Co

Subsequently: Shorter & Son



Shorter & Boulton

 The Pottery Gazette, American and Canadian Edition, January 1st 1880


Majolica Plate in the Hummingbird & Fan pattern


Majolica Plate in the Hummingbird & Fan pattern


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