Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Stoke-on-Trent ceramics: Moorland

Moorland's design are done by Jonathan Plant, he bought this factory in 1989 with a co-partner. Once this was Susie Cooper's studio, one of the first modern studio potters in 20's. 

 These are currant ranges with humorous phrases and local colloquialisms. They do Stokie (Stoke-on-Trent), Geordie (Newcastle), Yorkie (Yorkshire), Scouser (Liverpool), Pearly (London east end) and so on. Polly, put the kettle on!

 A retired bottle kiln. Soaring figures are seen high up in the sky still now, lots of them, disused. Some provides nest for pigeons. Incidentally, did you know that the officer of command of the RMS Titanic, Captain Edward John Smith,  was from Stoke-on-Trent?  His father was a potter.

Jonathan, a designer for Moorland ware.

His meticulous design works for mugs.