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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 […]

Lisa's first pot

Meet Me at the Museum: Lisa’s First Pot

March 6, 202010:25 amApril 16, 2020 8:20 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 Lisa who runs our Toddler Thursday sessions and clay holiday activities. I still remember making my first pot. I was about four years old at infant school. […]

Frank Bradbury Cup Backstamp

Museum Magpie: Frank Bradbury, gilder and greengrocer

January 15, 20203:34 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

Read about the fascinating stories behind some of the objects in Gladstone Pottery Museum’s collection in the Museum Magpie Blog     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 […]

Meet Me at the Museum: In our new blog meet some of the people who work at Gladstone Pottery Museum through their personal stories and experiences.

December 17, 20191:56 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

The Festive Flower Making Workshop Saturday 30th November 2019 by Rita Floyd As I travel down to Gladstone Pottery Museum on my bus I take exactly the same route down Uttoxeter Road towards Longton as I did at fifteen years old as a trainee bone china flower maker on my first day at Royal Adderley […]

Plate with holes

Museum Magpie: The plate with the holes

November 26, 201912:57 pmApril 16, 2020 8:20 amLeave a Comment

At Gladstone the flower-makers are highly skilled at producing beautiful ceramic blooms but in the museum’s collection we have very few tools that relate to their very specialised trade. One reason for this could be that traditionally flower-makers often improvised, making their own tools out of everyday objects. They came up with inventive ways of […]

Stoke Museums launches new Website

December 14, 20174:33 pmDecember 14, 2017 4:35 pmLeave a Comment

Noticed a few changes around here? Stoke-on-Trent Museums has just launched its new and improved website. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Gladstone Pottery Museum each has a new dedicated site in which you can find information about all of our upcoming events, exhibitions and blog stories from Behind-the-Scenes. Please take the time to […]

Recognition for Gladstone Pottery Museum at the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards

July 7, 20179:06 amNovember 27, 2017 2:25 pmLeave a Comment

Last night representatives from Gladstone Pottery Museum attended the Staffordshire Chambers Business Awards. The museum were finalists in the fiercely competitive category for the Retail, Leisure, Culture and Tourism Award. The other finalists were Tillington Hall and the winners were Nelson’s Gin. We were absolutely thrilled to be chosen as one of only three finalists in […]

Marquetry Exhibition Coming Soon to Gladstone Pottery Museum

May 20, 20172:07 pmNovember 27, 2017 2:29 pmLeave a Comment

We’re pleased to announce that the Marquetry Society’s Annual Exhibition will be held at Gladstone Pottery Museum this month. Marquetry is the art of creating pictures and decorating items with thin veneers of wood and the exhibition will show off some of its finest examples. Hundreds of pieces of contemporary marquetry from the UK and […]