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The Silent Enemy 2020

06/05/202011:15

Submitted by Linda Perry, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s an enemy we can’t see or hearWe only know it’s getting nearWe thought it was a world awayBut it’s coming closer every day A stowaway on planes and shipsFrom land to land it quietly skipsAnd now it’s reached our UK shoresIt’s knocking, knocking at […]

The Potteries: The Clue is in the Crest.

01/05/202012:3201/05/2020 12:33Leave a Comment

Stoke-on-Trent is known far and wide as the ceramics capital of the world earning itself the title of ‘The Potteries’. To this day the name remains in use despite the huge changes in both the economy and landscape of the six towns that make up the City of Stoke-on-Trent.  Few obvious signs of the locality’s […]

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 […]

Designing a gallery fit for warrior treasure…

26/04/202009:0023/04/2020 11:23Leave a Comment

‘Some earl forgotten, in ancient years, left the last of his lofty race, heedfully there had hidden away dearest treasure’ Beowulf How do you begin to design an immersive, atmospheric gallery fit for the wonderful treasures of the Staffordshire Hoard – and on a limited budget? Well, the colour scheme, an easy choice, taking inspiration […]

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 […]

Museum Treasures

13/04/202010:0514/04/2020 08:23Leave a Comment

Eternal Spring by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Eternal Spring by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin is mounted on a metre-high plinth inside the entrance of the Art gallery. The bronze sculpture measures almost a metre in length and stands at just over half a metre high. It depicts the naked figures of a man and a […]

Hot off the Scanner

26/04/201910:1522/10/2019 09:57Leave a Comment

Digitisation is an important part of the core work of the collections team at the museum. Digital images of objects are vital for our collections database (helping us find and count objects in stores!), and allow us to share our collections more widely with the public across a variety of digital platforms which include social […]

Ceramic Information Sheets

01/03/201916:27

The information sheets below have been compiled by the Ceramics Section of the museum and provide useful information on a variety of topics: Art Pottery and Industry Clarice and Her Contemporaries Composition of Sets Cow creamers Digging for early porcelain Guides to dating pottery from backstamps Reading List Staffordshire Portrait Figures

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; 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 […]