Ceramics

Changing Fashions; Drinking and Dining

02/01/201916:2402/01/2019 16:26Leave a Comment

This blog post is the product of Molly Woodhouse, a third year Photojournalism student at Staffordshire University, who undertook her ‘Work placement and career development’ module here at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. The research, interpretation, photography and delivery of this virtual exhibition was undertaken by Molly over the course of three months. All of […]

This path one time long time ago

24/08/201814:5424/08/2018 14:55Leave a Comment

This exhibition comes from a collaboration between myself, the Natural History department of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery. It comes from a long term project that AirSpace has undertaken regarding the brownfield sites in and around Stoke-on-Trent. So the invitation was to think about the brownfield sites and the Natural History […]

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 […]

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; 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 […]

Potted Histories – The Thomas Edward Vase

18/09/201709:0627/11/2017 14:17Leave a Comment

In 2016  the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery acquired this fine lustre vase painted with the coat of arms of Burslem town Council and a procession of winged pottery workers beneath bottle ovens. It is inscribed on one side ‘Thomas Edwards, Mayor 1908-09’, and under the base ‘To Thomas Edwards from William Burton 1908’. Thomas Edwards […]

New Acquisition from our Former Director

23/12/201614:0727/11/2017 14:17Leave a Comment

One of our most recent acquisitions is this slipware group of birds by Carole Glover. It is a joint gift to the Museum from Peter Vigurs and The Friends of The Potteries Museums & Art Gallery. Carole Glover is a locally-born and trained potter who works from her studio in Stafford. Her work is heavily […]