Monthly Archives: August 2018

Diary Date – Burslem Unites Festival

There will be fun for all the family tomorrow (August 27th) at the Burslem Unites Festival which takes place between 12.00 and 18.00 in St John’s Square, Queen Street and Swan Square.

Admission is free. There will be live music and market stalls in St John’s Square, a small funfair and Ikon Bodyz Car display in Queens Street, and children’s activities in Swan Square. Children will enjoy visiting the bouncy castle and families can watch the urban sketchers at work seeing how they view the town.

Diary Date – Longton Heritage Walk

Longton Heritage Walk – Friday 7th September

Join Jane Corfield and Jon Goodwin of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Heritage Team for a walking tour of Longton Conservation Area on Friday, 7th September.

The tour will take in the key elements of the conservation area and outline its history and development.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Phoenix Works and CoRE facility to see first-hand the results of heritage-led regeneration. The tour starts from the Gladstone Pottery Museum Shop at 2.00pm. This event is free. Call 01782 237777 to book your place.

Diary Date: Brown Betty Teapot Exhibition

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HAVE A CUP OF TEA AT THE BROWN BETTY TEAPOT EXHIBITION

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.

Admission Free

Diary Date: Little Longton Bottle Oven Bus Tour

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ONE OF LONGTON’S REMAINING BOTTLE OVENS

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.

Market News – Halloween in Tunstall Market

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HALLOWEEN IN TUNSTALL MARKET

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.

Pottering in the Potteries

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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The murdered woman….

Art by Christine Mallaband-Brown

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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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The Weeping Window comes to Stoke on Trent

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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 progress?

Art by Christine Mallaband-Brown

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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