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Hot off the Scanner

April 26, 201910:15 amOctober 22, 2019 9:57 amLeave a Comment

Digitisation is an important part of the core work of the collections team at the museum. Digital images of objects are vital for our collections database (helping us find and count objects in stores!), and allow us to share our collections more widely with the public across a variety of digital platforms which include social […]

Ceramic Information Sheets

March 1, 20194:27 pm

The information sheets below have been compiled by the Ceramics Section of the museum and provide useful information on a variety of topics: Art Pottery and Industry Clarice and Her Contemporaries Composition of Sets Cow creamers Digging for early porcelain Guides to dating pottery from backstamps Reading List Staffordshire Portrait Figures

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; 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 […]

The Staffordshire Hoard

December 8, 20173:28 pmNovember 19, 2019 10:44 am

The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, comprising over 4,000 items. Archaeologists believe the Hoard was buried during the 7th Century (600-699AD), at a time when the region was part of the Kingdom of Mercia. The Hoard was jointly acquired by the Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Birmingham […]

Ceramics

September 29, 201711:07 amOctober 12, 2018 3:49 pm

Our ceramic collections include the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics anywhere in the world, reflecting the City’s heritage as the centre of the English ceramics industry. It also includes the most comprehensive collection of British 20th century studio ceramics. As well as British ceramics, we have significant collections of ceramics from all over the world […]

New Acquisition from our Former Director

December 23, 20162:07 pmNovember 27, 2017 2:17 pmLeave a Comment

One of our most recent acquisitions is this slipware group of birds by Carole Glover. It is a joint gift to the Museum from Peter Vigurs and The Friends of The Potteries Museums & Art Gallery. Carole Glover is a locally-born and trained potter who works from her studio in Stafford. Her work is heavily […]