“The Potteries”

English Royal Doulton Hand-Painted Ceramic Bowl (LEO Design)

Stoke, Hanley, Burslem, Tunstall, Langton, Fenton—these are all town names familiar to collectors of English Art Pottery.  On this day in 1910, these six Staffordshire towns unified into a single “conurbation” now known as “Stoke-on-Trent” or “The Potteries.”  A “conurbation” is a region composed of a number of smaller towns forming one, continuous urban-industrial area.

Since the Seventeenth Century, this region of England was known for its industrial ceramics production.  It had abundant raw clay and plenty of coal to fire the kilns—the two materials required to make pottery.  Minton, Wedgwood, Spode and Royal Doulton were some of the potteries to be found here.

The hand-painted bowl above, made by Royal Doulton in the 1930's, was made in Stoke-on-Trent, so well-known for its centuries of pottery production.  Please click on the photo to learn more about it.


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