April 1914: Exhibition of Pottery and Jewellery at the Grand Hotel, in Glasgow – Miss Dorothy Carleton Smyth; Miss Isabel S. Wright; and Miss Olive Carleton Smyth

An article on page 639 (page 49, in The British Newspaper Archive), of The Queen, on the 4th April, 1914, reads:


Exhibition of Pottery and Jewellery in Glasgow.


Miss Dorothy Carleton Smyth’s pottery is already well known, and the show which she, Miss Isabel S. Wright, and

Miss Olive Carleton Smyth held on Thursday and Friday last week in the Grand Hotel, Glasgow, was visited by many

people interested in artistic pottery and jewellery. Perhaps the most striking example of Miss Carleton Smyth’s art

was a vintage jar in under-glaze, over-glaze, and lustres. The design was quaint, and the colourings were soft, yet rich.

The popular ‘Dodo’ ware was shown in various attractive forms. One under-glaze bowl had an effective design of puffins

(birds frequently seen on Ailsa Craig, and therefore of a certain local interest). An original invention of Miss Carleton

Smyth’s is ‘black lustre,’ which has a dark blue ground and subtle indefinite design in dull grey. Deep fruit dishes,

having dull rose outside and under-glaze floral design inside, were also much admired. Miss Wright’s jewellery collection

included much that was of exceptional interest. Some of the daintiest work had large, clear crystals set in delicately

wrought silver. Pendants and brooches of this clear, liquid, finely cut crystal were most effective, and the setting was so

delicate that it in no way detracted from the beauty of the stones. A pendant of enamel in rich greens and blues was set with

moonstones and Scotch pearls, and a beautiful cross of agate was also relieved with moonstones. A striking feature of Miss

Wright’s work is her use of enamel, a medium which she applies with great skill and fine taste. Tiny bits of bright enamal [sic]

are introduced so skilfully that they look almost like precious stones. This original method was noticeable in several pendants,

brooches, rings. and other articles of jewellery on view at last week’s exhibition.”



The British Newspaper Archive.



George Fairfull-Smith, February 2024.