I’ve been collecting mugs and plates from the designer Emma Bridgewater for quite a few years. Once a year, about this time we have what is now our mother/daughter visit to the pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
Emma adorns the iconic pottery with designs inspired by her love of sponge techniques, is married to co-owner and artist Matthew Rice, a lover of wildlife and architecture.
Their pottery is made from cream-coloured earthenware – a traditional Staffordshire product which they make in their own factory in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British pottery. Most of the production work is still done by hand, and all the pieces are individually hand-decorated, so every one is very slightly different – and their sponge ware is always signed by the person who painted it.
There is an area in one of the old factory buildings, set up with mugs, paints, sponges and brushes to make your own Emma mugs to remember your visit by. After painting the mugs, the factory fire them and then post to you.
Emma mugs, glasses and teapots are the kind of thing you save for, or get as a gift on your birthday.
But this visit was a good opportunity to buy in their seconds shop, and their gift shop, after lunch in the café of course.
What is your favourite design?
I love my mug….
and this tea towel which says it all!