Museum Magpie: Frank Bradbury, gilder and greengrocer
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He clearly had considerable artistic talent and whilst working as a gilder he also painted for his own interest and pleasure, creating these two plates in 1890…
… and this plate with a raised-gilt border in 1892.
Frank got married in 1895 and by 1901 had three small children to provide for. He had left the pottery industry by then and for the rest of his life ran his own greengrocer’s business. Whether his change of career was by choice or for economic reasons we’ll probably never know, but it must have been successful as he stayed at his Trentham Road shop for over 10 years. Even if it was circumstances that meant Frank’s life took an unexpectedly different direction his story can still inspire people to follow their interests and develop their talents.
Sadly, Frank died in 1911 at the age of 38. When Gladstone Pottery Museum opened in the 1970s his son kindly donated Frank’s lovely plates and the paintbrushes that he used to create them to the museum’s collection so that they could be looked after for future generations to enjoy.