Rafaelle Monti ‘The Mother’

09/03/201816:0829/01/2019 10:21

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 […]

Mad March Hares

02/03/201813:0009/03/2018 16:11Leave a Comment

Spring is a good time to see Brown hares in the countryside. Although normally nocturnal and cautious of daytime predators, the warmer weather makes them more active and they can be seen chasing each other in fields and meadows alongside the edges of woods and hedgerows. The famous ‘boxing’ activity is between a male and […]

Phillip Connard, The Lilac Dress

23/02/201811:1521/02/2018 17:41Leave a Comment

This rather enigmatic portrait of a lady, known as The Lilac Dress, is one of the earliest paintings purchased for the museum’s fine art collection in 1926. The Lancashire-born artist Phillip Connard RA (1875-1958), first worked as a house painter and studied art part-time until he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. […]

Museum Treasures: Roman Sarcophagus

16/02/201815:46Leave a Comment

The precise origins of this stone sarcophagus or coffin (currently held in our museum stores) are unknown. It is likely to have been produced in mainland Europe, perhaps in Rome itself, but had found its way into the collections now held by The Potteries Museum by the late 19th century. The sarcophagus is decorated along […]

Museum Treasures: A Burslem Boy

09/02/201814:3412/02/2018 13:55Leave a Comment

  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a long tradition of exhibiting and supporting local artists. One such artist is John Shelton (1923-1993), two of his paintings are held in the museum’s permanent fine art collection. Shelton studied at the Burslem School of Art along with fellow students, Arthur Berry and Norman Cope. In 1944 […]

Museum Treasures: Ozzy the Owl

02/02/201811:1502/02/2018 14:22Leave 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: Brown long-eared bat

26/01/201814:2326/01/2018 14:25Leave a Comment

Eleven species of bat have been recorded in Staffordshire and four of these – the common pipistrelle, the brown long-eared bat, the noctule and natterer’s bat – can be seen in the habitat displays in the natural history gallery. This is located on the ground floor of The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in a […]

Museum Treasures: Sopwith Camel propeller

19/01/201811:26Leave a Comment

The designer of the iconic Spitfire, Reginald J. Mitchell (1895 – 1937), attended Hanley High School from September 1909 to November 1911. He retained a great affection for the school and in subsequent years was a contributor to the school magazine. Mining subsidence caused the closure of Hanley High School in 1940. It was replaced […]

Museum Treasures: The Dolls House

12/01/201810:36Leave a Comment

One of the most popular exhibits on display in the museum is the dolls house, which can be seen in the Design Gallery. This house was completed in 1982 by local craftsman Peter Hall.  In addition to the house, he also made several other pieces contained within it. The house was donated to the museum […]

Museum Treasures; Joseph Grimaldi Figure

05/01/201815:3705/01/2018 15:39Leave 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 […]