I discovered Pots & Pithoi in Turner's Hill several years ago whilst en route to Nyman's which is just a few miles up the road and it has now become one of my go to places whenever I am on the hunt for pretty pottage for friends, clients and also our own garden. Prince Charles gave the pots his seal of approval by granting Pots & Pithoi a royal warrant and uses them throughout the gardens at Highgrove. I love the gentle, buff tones of the Cretan ceramics and how they sit so harmoniously in the garden.
They have a huge range of over 120 designs of pot in 240 different sizes which are all made using ancient traditional Cretan techniques. Each pot is hand thrown and fired using olive pits and grapes seeds to fuel the kilns; a traditional method that harks back to the Byzantine era when these styles of urn and pot were used to store and transport precious oils, ointments and grain.
It was here that I first encountered and fell in love with one of my favourite roses. On my very first visit, early one summer, Rosa Claire Jacquier was clambering over the barn emitting the most beautiful fragrance that filled the courtyard, stirred up by the flitting wings of overhead swallows that nest in the neighbouring pot-filled barns. Such was the experience that I planted the very same rose in our garden that summer.
If you are looking for a something really unique with a history to it, owner Tara Bowles also stocks the most beautiful antique pots and ancient storage vessels from all around the Mediterranean and is on hand to offer inspiration and advice and often provides excellent tea and delicious homemade cakes which are served in a charming room overlooking the courtyard.
Pots & Pithoi
The Barns, East Street
Turner's Hill, West Sussex