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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Potteries

We had a few days staying on the edge of the Peak district and visited the Moorcroft Pottery in Stoke.

Here's factory in the 1930's

and as it is now.

It was started in 1897 by William Moorcroft  and was sold in places such as Harrods, Liberty and Tiffanys. Its still a family business.

We were lucky enough to get on a guided tour of parts of the factory and they take you through the whole process from making the molds to the final firing.

Once the pot comes out of the mould its trimmed and tidied up.
The apprenticeship for these jobs is about 5 years and they have to make all their own specialist tools.

After the first firing the pattern is etched on and then outlined
before painting.

Next its hand painted.

and finally dipped in glaze ready for the final firing.

Some pots after coming out of the kiln.

This  one shows all the stages of production.

There is a showroom and museum.  I was warned to be careful as those large pots are £10000 plus.