Middleport Pottery 

Well! A few weeks ago   I ticked an item off my bucket list – a trip to Middleport Pottery! The home of Burleigh ware.

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Sadly, it was supposed to be for a porcelain class but a mix up meant that I did not attend (we were fully refunded and the staff were very apologetic – giving me a beautiful book to compensate!) but rather than waste the journey we went for a walk around the estate. Again unfortunately it was a weekend and so their official tours were not running but we were nonetheless able to walk around most of the exhibits and grounds and the representative Liz was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

The beautiful Burleigh transfers

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The three stages of a teapot!

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Middleport has been producing wares since the mid 1800s non stop to present day. This is an incredible feat in of itself! The factory was the first to consider the different stages of creating ceramics and accordingly planned the building and layout to create a production line with seven bottle kilns and their own seggars on site. The site is perfectly placed next to a canal for transport of the products.

We also stopped for a spot of lunch in the cafe which was very reasonable and absolutely delicious. And then even more time taking in the beautiful show rooms!

I’d highly recommend a visit to the pottery, particularly if you are a Throw Down fan as they have a current exhibition displaying some of the most memorable pieces from the show!

P Stratford xx

 

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Lesley Risby demonstration

Today The Barnet Collection hosted a demonstration with Lesley Risby, a ceramicist who has recently been featured in Ceramic Review.

Lesly demonstrated her techniques of using wire, cotton and porcelain to create nature inspired shapes. Her work resembles shells and seed pods and she said the skeletal effect was in order to show the fragility of nature. She also casts shapes and objects and uses these casts to create repeated forms. Her most recent inspiration has been from natural distribution, in particular the seeds of the sycamore tree.

It was a really lovely afternoon seeing an expert at work! I’m looking forward to future Barnet Collection events.

PS x