We are all no doubt familiar with the archetypical image of an old couple living out their time together quite contentedly and of course that is where the label ‘Darby and Joan’ originates. Royal Doulton’s great modeller Leslie Harradine will certainly have been familiar with the many paintings and images of this famous pair including […]
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An early colourway of Pierette The 1920s and 1930s were the age of the Pierrot. In 1923 Gertrude Lawrence sang Parisian Pierrot in Noël Coward’s revue ‘London Calling’, during the same era JB Priestly wrote a popular book about a Pierrot concert party called The Good Companions with the late Sir John Gielgud as the […]
Following on from my latest post on the Potteries, I thought I would do another post of a few more places to visit if you are in the area! Potteries Museum and Art Gallery Whilst living in this area for most of my life, I don’t think I have […]
The city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire became the centre of ceramic production during the 17th century. Due to the availability of clay and other required materials, large numbers of potteries opened up in the area and started producing high quality ceramic wear that was exported all over the world.
There are a number of potteries to visit, some showcasing modern working factories, others offering historical tours and traditional methods, and a number of others allowing you to get stuck in and learn about ceramics whilst creating your own. All equally have their charms but depending on your taste, here are some recommendations.
For Instagrammers – World of Wedgwood
Wedgwood is an iconic English brand. Able to count Royal Families and celebrities as fans, Wedgwood has stood the test of time with over 250 years of history. World of Wedgwood allows the visitor to learn about the craft and the story of…
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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.
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.
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.