A coach full of members from Market Harborough WI set off early on Friday morning, 18th May 2018 to visit the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

On arrival, we were taken on a very  interesting tour of this friendly and homely Victorian factory.  We were introduced to various traditional crafts people, such as the jiggers, the jolliers, the fettlers, the casters and the decorators as they transformed lumps of clay into the lovely designs that we have come to recognise as the hallmark of  Emma Bridgewater.


Emma Bridgewater - spotted pots2


Emma Bridgewater - WHITE AND YELLOW POTS


Emma Bridgewater - Man making dog


Emma Bridgewater -girl painting bowl

Some members eagerly got involved too!   READY, STEADY ………


Emma Bridgewater - Ready, Steady _




Emma Bridgewater - SPLAT!


Then we were treated to a delicious ‘afternoon tea’ style lunch!

Emma Bridgewater -room with union jack flags


We also got a chance to have a go in the Decorating Studio, selecting plain white pottery pieces and adorning them with our own choice of flowers, animals, birds and spots!


Emma Bridgewater - Decorating group Vicky W etc


Emma Bridgewater - Made by MHWI2


Many thanks to Diane Claridge for organising such a fabulous trip!