Stoke-on-Trent has a rich history steeped in pottery and artistry. But it’s not just a historical tale; it’s a living, breathing canvas of talented local artists and potters who continue to shape the city’s vibrant arts scene.
Join us as we take a closer look at Stoke-on-Trent’s local artists and potters, where tradition meets innovation and creativity knows no bounds.
The Future of Stoke-on-Trent Potters
Let’s meet some of the incredible artists and potters who call Stoke-on-Trent home. As we celebrate the rich tradition of pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, we’re also witnessing an exciting wave of innovation.
Lot 717: Anita Harris Prestige Fireside American Boxer Dog, Sold July 2021, £180
In 1992, Anita embarked on a journey as the head designer at Poole Pottery, where her creative brilliance flourished. Over a decade, she crafted ranges for renowned establishments such as Liberty, Harrods, Bloomingdales, and even Tiffany’s in New York. Her artistic flair extended to Moorcroft’s Cobridge Stoneware and Black Ryden, where her deep understanding of reactive glazes showcased her extensive knowledge.
Lot 717: Rare Anita Harris Thumper the Rabbit, Sold July 2022, £150
Anita Harris’ pieces are a burst of vibrant colours, many of them adorned with scenes that capture the romantic essence of Mediterranean landscapes. However, her true muse remains nature, rooted in her childhood amidst the picturesque woodlands and blooming flowers of Dorset. It’s this deep connection with nature, the uplifting power of colours that shapes her art, creating works of beauty that have become timeless bestsellers.
Lot 832: Kevin Francis / Peggy Davies Limited Edition Beatles Character Jugs, Sold November 2022, £220
Kevin Francis Ceramics, founded by the visionary duo of Kevin Pearson and Francis Salmon, has etched its name in the world of figural art pottery, known for its unparalleled creativity.
The journey began with a focus on Toby Jugs, with designs meticulously crafted and inspired by the two partners. Initially, their work was commissioned by Royal Doulton. However, their first release led to an exclusive partnership with Peggy and Rhodri Davies, leveraging the expertise of Peggy Davies Ceramics to bring their designs to life.
Lot 240: Kevin Francis / Peggy Davies Artist Proof Figure Ooh La La, Sold July 2023, £140
The 1990s marked a period of evolution for the company, as it ventured into creating figurines, drawing inspiration from the Art Deco movement and the iconic works of artists like Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper. These captivating art ware releases have achieved remarkable success. Many editions quickly sell out, and certain pieces have already become highly collectible.
Lot 566: Lorna Bailey Prototype Guinness Turtle, Sold November 2022, £260
Born on February 10, 1978, Lorna Bailey, a native of Newcastle-under-Lyme, this Stoke-on-Trent Potter has carved a legendary reputation in the world of pottery. Her designs, heavily influenced by the town of Wolstanton where she spent her life, have captivated art enthusiasts, drawing parallels to the iconic Clarice Cliff.
Lot 119: Lorna Bailey Charlotte Art Deco tea pot. Limited edition 5/75, Sold July 2023, £170
Lot 286: Andrew Hull Burslem Pottery Grotesque Crocodile, Sold March 2022, £260
Located within the resurgent Middleport Pottery and steeped in history, the legacy of Burslem Pottery dates back to its inception in 1894 by C.F. Bailey at Scotia Works, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. The pottery thrived for decades, producing decorated earthenware for domestic use, until it eventually faded away by 1935. Today, this remarkable legacy is reignited and thriving once again under the passionate stewardship of skilled ceramic artist, Tracy Bentley.
Lot 287: Andrew Hull Burslem Pottery Grotesque Bird, Sold March 2022, £260
Owned by the accomplished ceramic artist, Tracy Bentley, and her dedicated team, Burslem Pottery proudly crafts fine quality ceramics in the heart of Staffordshire. Her experience, gained through her work with Cobridge Stoneware, Moorcroft and more brings a wealth of expertise to the endeavour. Via collaborations with experienced ceramist Dave Jones, the pottery creates sculpted birds and animals designed by Andrew Hull and Rob Tabbanor.
Supporting Local Art
Whether you’re a passionate art enthusiast, a collector, or someone looking to explore your creative side, there are plenty of ways to support Stoke-on-Trent Potters. Attend art fairs, workshops, and exhibitions, and consider adding a locally made pottery piece to your collection. By embracing the artistry of Stoke-on-Trent, you’re not just acquiring beautiful creations – you’re becoming a part of the city’s ongoing artistic journey.
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