Ceramics

Figure – Christ on the Cross

April 9, 20203:39 pmLeave a Comment

The ceramics gallery at the Potteries Museum has over 5,000 pieces on display. Some of them are very flamboyant and impossible to miss. Others are much more unassuming but in many instances, just as intriguing. Among them is this little model of Christ on the cross. Made in white salt-glazed stoneware it is, despite being […]

Meet Leo

April 9, 20202:23 pmLeave a Comment

Hulloh! Our friend Ozzy has asked me to come and introduce myself. My name is Leo. I am a lion. It is my job to guard the Ceramics Gallery at night – I take great ‘pride’ in my work ho-ho! As you can see, I like to look smart and take care of my appearance. […]

Meet Ozzy & Friends

April 2, 202010:00 amApril 3, 2020 9:26 amLeave a Comment

Hello! Your good friend Ozzy here. I was so excited to be able to share my museum adventures with you in our film. We’re all thrilled you like it. My friends do like to stretch their legs (and wings) when everyone has gone home. We do get up to a bit of mischief but I […]

How to Explore the Museum from Home

It’s strange times we’re living in, and many of us are joining the working-from-home club or entering periods of social isolation. While our museum doors may be temporarily closed to the public, we’re fortunate enough that the wonders of the internet has made keeping everyone in touch easier than ever, and we’ll be using our […]

Changing Fashions; Drinking and Dining

January 2, 20194:24 pmJanuary 2, 2019 4:26 pmLeave a Comment

This blog post is the product of Molly Woodhouse, a third year Photojournalism student at Staffordshire University, who undertook her ‘Work placement and career development’ module here at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The research, interpretation, photography and delivery of this virtual exhibition was undertaken by Molly over the course of three months. All of […]

This path one time long time ago

August 24, 20182:54 pmAugust 24, 2018 2:55 pmLeave a Comment

This exhibition comes from a collaboration between myself, the Natural History department of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery. It comes from a long term project that AirSpace has undertaken regarding the brownfield sites in and around Stoke-on-Trent. So the invitation was to think about the brownfield sites and the Natural History […]

Rafaelle Monti ‘The Mother’

March 9, 20184:08 pmJanuary 29, 2019 10:21 am

In the 1840s a number of leading factories in Stoke-on-Trent were experimenting with a fine, unglazed porcelain body of brilliant whiteness. The marble-like texture of the porcelain surface was seen as ideal for reproducing both antique and modern sculptures. In 1845 the firm of Copeland & Garrett was able to exhibit its ‘Statuary Porcelain’ which […]

Museum Treasures: Ozzy the Owl

February 2, 201811:15 amFebruary 2, 2018 2:22 pmLeave a Comment

Our Spitfire may have flown the nest for a little while but our favourite ceramic owl has stayed put. Ozzy first came to the world’s attention on an episode of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in March 1990. He was acquired shortly afterwards by the museum to join the significant slipware collection and is one of the museum’s […]

Museum Treasures; Joseph Grimaldi Figure

January 5, 20183:37 pmJanuary 5, 2018 3:39 pmLeave a Comment

Staffordshire potters have been making figures since the mid 18th century. While most were purely decorative, in the 19th century they began making figures showing the celebrities of the day. Many figures depicted royalty or politicians but some of the most popular showed the stars of the stage. One was Joseph Grimaldi (1779-1837). The original […]

Potted Histories – The Thomas Edward Vase

September 18, 20179:06 amNovember 27, 2017 2:17 pmLeave a Comment

In 2016  the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery acquired this fine lustre vase painted with the coat of arms of Burslem town Council and a procession of winged pottery workers beneath bottle ovens. It is inscribed on one side ‘Thomas Edwards, Mayor 1908-09’, and under the base ‘To Thomas Edwards from William Burton 1908’. Thomas Edwards […]