Ceramics

The Shelley display: Talking Exhibitions

27/06/202110:3629/06/2021 10:40Leave a Comment

An introduction to the Shelley display at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery by Assistant Curator of Ceramics Ben Miller.

Stoke-on-Trent School of Art and Apprentice Ceramics: Talking Treasures

06/06/202111:5825/06/2021 12:02Leave a Comment

Did you know that once upon a time each of Stoke-on-Trent’s six towns boasted its own school of art? Assistant Curator of Ceramics Ben Miller introduces us to those schools with a selection of student and apprentice pieces.

The William Brammer Jug: Talking Treasures

09/05/202113:5514/06/2021 11:37Leave a Comment

Join Assistant Curator of Ceramics Ben Miller for a tale of research and reinterpretation, in ‘The William Brammer Jug’.

Talking Treasures: Stoke-on-Trent Hospitality Wares

26/04/202108:50Leave a Comment

Join Assistant Curator of Ceramics Ben Miller for an insight into hospitality wares made in Stoke-on-Trent.

Talking Treasures: An Early Acquisition

06/04/202114:25Leave a Comment

Grab a cuppa and join Senior Curator of ceramics Miranda Goodby for ‘An Early Acquisition’.

Talking Treasures: New Hall Tea Service

15/03/202113:55Leave a Comment

Join Miranda Goody, our Senior Curator of Ceramics, for the fifth in our series of Talking Treasures films – New Hall Tea Service.

Stories on the Mantlepiece: New Testament Staffordshire figures from the Duckworth Collection

08/03/202114:0908/03/2021 16:01Leave a Comment

In the 19th century the Staffordshire potters produced a multitude of colourful, sometimes naïve, figures of religious subjects. Some were depictions of biblical scenes drawn from the Old and New Testaments, others were figures of popular preachers or reflected contemporary concerns, such as the Temperance movement. They sold in their thousands and were displayed in […]

“Conjugal Felicity”, a mother’s love, and Mr Fletcher

02/03/202110:0208/03/2021 09:08Leave a Comment

The phrase ‘Conjugal Felicity’ is not one that is widely used today but its meaning – A Happy Marriage – is still relevant. The engraving on this creamware jug of c.1798 shows an idealised happy marriage with a fashionably-dressed husband and wife surrounded by their three children: a young boy holding his hoop while his […]

Tragic lovers in pottery

08/02/202116:1511/02/2021 11:08Leave a Comment

Tragic love, where one or both lovers die, has been a popular theme in literature and art. Traditionally, if the female partner survived they were supposed to be inconsolable, forever mourning their lost love, and giving artists the opportunity to depict grieving young women in a variety of ways. Many tragic lovers were drawn from […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …a Partridge. You are very unlikely to see a partridge in any sort of tree, let alone a pear tree, as they are definitely short grass ground loving birds. On the 2nd day of Christmas, the museum showed to me… …Turtle Doves Sadly Turtle […]