Meet Me at the Museum: The Artist Illustrator, a Personal History.

May 26, 20212:16 pmJuly 9, 2021 9:46 amLeave a Comment

Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences.  My name is Lyn James. I am an artist illustrator and I demonstrate freehand painting at Gladstone. From childhood I have always loved art, was always drawing and painting. Being an only child there was plenty of time […]

Meet Me at the Museum: Pottery and… Basketball – My Famous Ancestor

May 26, 20219:26 amJune 17, 2021 11:27 amLeave a Comment

Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences.  My name is Gary and I work at Gladstone Pottery Museum as a demonstration thrower, making pots on the wheel. Like most of the staff I am Potteries born and bred and my family has a long association […]

Meet Me at the Museum: An Unexpected New Perspective

May 19, 202110:35 amMay 25, 2021 2:54 pmLeave a Comment

Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences. Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m currently Gladstone Pottery Museum’s longest serving employee, the Visitor Services Manager, in my 27th year at the multi-award winning Museum. Over the years I’ve welcomed thousands of visitors to the Museum. […]

The Documentation Project: Digitising our Index Cards

March 30, 20219:55 amApril 2, 2021 7:48 amLeave a Comment

We were thrilled to be shortlisted and receive Highly Commended in the Collections Trust Award for our Documentation and Digitisation project. The Collections Trust Award celebrates recent collections-based work achieved in difficult circumstances, highlighting the often-unsung achievements of those who manage the collections that lie at the heart of all museums. The Trust helps museums […]

Staffordshire Flatback fragments

Museum Magpie: Figuring it Out, the Flatpack Flatbacks

February 23, 20212:34 pmFebruary 23, 2021 2:43 pmLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. During lockdown Gladstone staff have been assisting in sorting and cataloguing items in the collections store. Several boxes were discovered marked ‘mould shards’. The contents turned out to be nothing to do with moulds at […]

Museum Magpie: The Mystery of the Hidden Teapot

November 27, 202010:21 amNovember 27, 2020 10:52 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. When Gladstone Pottery Museum first started to collect objects there was no such thing as a computer catalogue and all the details of donated items were hand-written on index cards. By the time a computerised […]

Meet Me at the Museum: A Rum Do In the Mouldmakers

October 13, 20201:08 pmOctober 13, 2020 1:14 pmLeave a Comment

Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences. My name is Paula and I am the caster at Gladstone. Usually my job involves demonstrating the casting process, answering visitors questions and making items for have-a-go painting and to sell in the shop, but as a result […]

Wild flowers and bone china flowers

Meet Me at the Museum: A Flowermaker’s Walk with Maureen

June 2, 20206:05 amJune 2, 2020 9:45 amLeave a Comment

Meet Me at the Museum: Meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences. Our latest blog was written by Maureen, one of our talented flowermakers, who you may have seen demonstrating her skills at the museum. The lovely May weather during the coronavirus lockdown has drawn our […]

A Brief History of Gladstone China

May 15, 20201:14 pmMay 18, 2020 9:29 amLeave a Comment

Browsing in an antique or charity shop, the stalls at a flea market or a car boot sale you might come across wares with the backstamp Gladstone China. These items would have been made at the Gladstone China Works, in the buildings that are now Gladstone Pottery Museum. The factory produced good quality bone china tablewares. They didn’t […]

Museum Magpie: Surprises from the saggar maker’s workshop

April 30, 20207:27 amMay 14, 2020 10:39 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie blog. Essential maintenance at Gladstone meant that recently we had to completely empty the saggar maker’s workshop. It seemed like a good opportunity to check the museum objects on display in there, make sure the computer records were […]