Ceramics

Tourists to the Potteries 1698-1933

25/05/202010:0026/05/2020 07:01Leave a Comment

We think of tourism as something that developed in the 20th century with the widespread adoption of rail, motor and air travel but for from the 17th century onward, those that had the money and leisure to do so, travelled around Britain, often keeping journals of where they visited and what they saw. Unlike other […]

Wartime Pottery

06/05/202015:0106/05/2020 15:05Leave a Comment

At the outbreak of war in September 1939 pottery production was being scaled back. Many pottery workers were being called up into the forces, or had volunteered, while others left to do war work at the local munition factories and engineering works. While export orders declined rapidly, the British government was placing large orders to […]

The Thomas Twyford Bequest of Ceramics

29/04/202010:05Leave a Comment

We are often asked what the stories are behind some of the ceramic pieces in our collections, but few people ask about who generously gave or bequeathed them to the museum. People donate items to us for all sorts of reasons, and most people only give one or two pieces, but we do have some […]

Meet Pierre

22/04/202009:0022/04/2020 09:34Leave a Comment

Bonjour! My name is Pierre, Pierre Peacock. I am also known as the Minton Peacock because I was made at the Minton pottery factory. I have a French name because the man who created me was from France. He was very talented, don’t you think? Look at the beautiful, bright colours in my feathers. The […]

Meet Felicity

16/04/202010:4421/04/2020 14:09Leave a Comment

Hello everyone. Have you seen Ozzy fly by? He asked me to hop over to meet some of his friends – he must mean you. I’m Felicity Frog and it’s a pleasure to meet you. I belong to a large family of frogs. They live in Russia now but I stayed here to tell our […]

Vlog: Meet Miranda Goodby, Ceramics Curator

15/04/202012:3019/05/2020 13:52Leave a Comment

What is your name and job title? I’m Miranda Goodby and I am the Senior Curator of Ceramics. What is in the Ceramics Collection and What do you do as a Curator? Here at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery the Ceramics Collection includes pottery and porcelain from around the world, and it ranges in […]

Figure – Christ on the Cross

09/04/202015:39Leave a Comment

The ceramics gallery at the Potteries Museum has over 5,000 pieces on display. Some of them are very flamboyant and impossible to miss. Others are much more unassuming but in many instances, just as intriguing. Among them is this little model of Christ on the cross. Made in white salt-glazed stoneware it is, despite being […]

Meet Leo

09/04/202014:2321/04/2020 14:10Leave a Comment

Hulloh! Our friend Ozzy has asked me to come and introduce myself. My name is Leo. I am a lion. It is my job to guard the Ceramics Gallery at night – I take great ‘pride’ in my work ho-ho! As you can see, I like to look smart and take care of my appearance. […]

Meet Ozzy & Friends

02/04/202010:0021/04/2020 14:10Leave a Comment

Hello! Your good friend Ozzy here. I was so excited to be able to share my museum adventures with you in our film. We’re all thrilled you like it. My friends do like to stretch their legs (and wings) when everyone has gone home. We do get up to a bit of mischief but I […]

How to Explore the Museum from Home

It’s strange times we’re living in, and many of us are joining the working-from-home club or entering periods of social isolation. While our museum doors may be temporarily closed to the public, we’re fortunate enough that the wonders of the internet has made keeping everyone in touch easier than ever, and we’ll be using our […]