Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Stoke-on-Trent ceramics: Burleigh Ware

These are pix from a couple years ago taken in Stoke-on-Trent, long established pottery town in Staffordshire, England.

Pattern and logo mark on printing sheet before it's cut and pasted in places.
Pattern from old design books are still used.
Shelves full of company's records in the office. Pattern books, accounts, correspondences.

In a shop. Even light quality is English, softly defused.

The mold storage room. A entire floor is filled with shelves like this. Row after row, century's worth.
Discontinued pudding molds. We don't see such elaborate design pudding molds nowadays. Very Victorian. Puddings made in these molds would adorn the centre of a table decadently.

Ceramic oven. I heard the company was facing a liquidation last year. Hopefully they recovered from it, as it's too sad to see this oven gone cool forever.