Monthly Archives: August 2018
You are welcome to come and have a cup of tea at the Brown Betty Teapot exhibition between 12noon and 2.00pm on Thursday, 30th August at Cherished Chimneys, 34 Station Street, Longport, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4NA
The exhibition introduces visitors to Brown Betty Teapots which “have the perfect pour”.
They will learn about the factories where Brown Betty Teapots were made and enjoy drinking a cup of loose leaf tea like Grandma used to make.
On Saturday, 25 August the Gladstone Pottery Museum is running the Little Longton Bottle Oven Bus Tour.
The tour through the town on a 1978 PMT double-decker bus is part of the museum’s Festival of Bottle Ovens.
Passengers on the bus will be taken to see most of the remaining bottle ovens in Longton and other historic buildings in the town.
Tours start at the Gladstone Pottery Museum and passengers can join the bus at 10.30am, 12noon, 2.00pm and 3.30pm. The tours are free although there will be a conductor on board who will act as your tour guide and introduce you to Longton’s heritage.
This years theme for Halloween in Tunstall Market will be based on MGM’s popular, evergreen film the “Wizard Of Oz”.
Lots of characters from this classic 1930s movie are coming to visit the market, and today’s children will meet Dorothy and her friends whose activities delighted their parents, their grandparents and their great-grandparents.
When writing my travel recommendations, I also wanted to shine some light on my local area of Staffordshire Moorlands, Stoke-on-Trent and the beautiful Peak District which can often be overlooked. So without further ado, let’s start with my favourite places in the city of Stoke-on-Trent!
Stoke-on-Trent (known as ‘The Potteries’) is rooted in creative history and craftsmanship. Made up of six towns, Stoke-on-Trent is known for its production of ceramics, and particularly its quality and beauty of fine bone china and earthenware pottery.
My favourite spot without a doubt is Middleport Pottery, located in the town of Burslem. With its picturesque buildings set next to the canal with passing barges, it really is a beautiful spot and one I always take our friends to.
Walking through the entrance leads you into a beautiful shop selling Burleigh pottery where you can also buy tickets for the factory tour. You are able…
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In 2007 I did a series of murals in The Leopard Hotel, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
One image was based on a story of a woman in the 18th or 19th century who had been murdered in the back rooms of the hotel. Stabbed to death, in one of the small “snug” rooms which the back room was divided into.
In the painting the woman is slumped in an old high backed arm chair, her glass of red wine lying on its side on the floor. At first she just looks like she is asleep, but the pool of wine is slowly mingling with another red liquid. The woman sits in front of a raging fire. But her skin is pale. Almost white. She wears a mob cap and a low cut blue dress. Is she a maid in the hotel, a pottery worker, or a lady of the night plying her…
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Paul Cummins’ ceramic poppies were first seen as part of Tom Piper’s installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014. This comprised of over 800,000 poppies. Since then, they have toured around the country from Southend on Sea to Orkney and many places in between. For some reason I had not managed to coincide with them at any point so when I heard that The Weeping Window would be nearer home, we decided to visit. The car park is on the site of a demolished factory and nearby there are derelict buildings along the Trent & Mersey Canal.
You can also get your supply of Staffordshire oatcakes at a nearby narrow boat.
Walking along the path to Middleport Pottery where the installation was sited, we passed a wall with ceramic mosaics.
Middleport is still a working pottery, making Burleigh ware and glimpses of…
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Spode site in Stoke is continuing to change, the area up by the new hotel and visitor centre remain the same and work is almost completed on the hotel itself which is housed in one of the old Spode buildings.
Half of the site has been sold to a developer, this is the side closest to the A500 road. You can see the civic centre in Stoke across the cleared land.
The other half which is nearest stoke town centre will soon have more (larger) units for artists and creative’s to rent from Acava and the City council. The China halls that have been used for putting on the British Ceramic Biennial and also performances of plays, is still there but some of the more modern ancillary buildings have been demolished. As a studio holder its a strange experience walking through the site. It’s a bit of an excuse not…
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Writing about toys from the 1960’s made me remember the TV from then and the following decades. I realised that young people would not have a clue about old fashioned tv, how expensive TV sets were, how rare they were, how big they were…. I remember us getting a tv, but I could not remember […]
To read more visit Tv nostalgia. — Art by Christine Mallaband-Brown
Looking at several photographs taken inside Tunstall Covered Market when it was closed for regeneration in the 1990s, we came across this photograph of the Refreshment Stall at the rear of the Market Hall. Although the colours have faded with time, we are sure the photograph will bring back memories of both the refreshment stall and the oatcake stall seen in the background.
At the moment Spotlight is trying to digitally enhance the photograph which is one of several photographs of The Potteries given to David when he was in Tunstall recently.