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 Directory: CERAMICS

 
     INDIVIDUAL MAKERS

::   Camila Prada - a Stoke-on-Trent ceramics designer with a fresh 'pop' sensibility.

::   Ieva Alksne Ceramics - based in Stoke-on-Trent, Ieva's work is mainly hand-built figurative sculptures, largely created in stoneware and porcelain, often combined with metal wire, which is implemented in sculptures after firing.

::   Anita Harris Art Pottery - vivid hand-painted pottery from Longton in Stoke-on-Trent.

::   Philip Eglin - ceramicist who lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme and teaches part-time in Stoke-on-Trent. He won the prestigious Jerwood Prize for Ceramics as the most promising young ceramic sculptor in Britain, and recently had a solo show at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

::   Nicholas Marsh - a maker of contemporary vessels and Sculptures with flame-painted surfaces. Nicholas has recently re-located to Newcastle-under-Lyme from Canada.

::  Denise O'Sullivan - Stoke-on-Trent ceramics designer-maker.

::  Tony Laverick - lustrous metal-sheened ceramics, from Leek.

::  Gillian Laverick - maker of porcelain and gold jewellery.

::  David Howson - a ceramics maker based in Leek.

::  Hannah Belfield - a ceramics maker based in Burslem, who hand throws ceramics and makes ceramic jewellery.

::  Shelton Pottery, based in Alsager, near Stoke-on-Trent. Ken and Valerie Shelton offer hand-painted bowls, jugs, plates and vases.

::  Joanna Dawidowska - ceramics designer-maker.

::  Denise Maloney - ceramics designer.

::  Anne Mychalkiw - a surface pattern designer and ceramics designer.

::  Quirky Bird - hand-maker of silver and lampwork glass jewellery.

::  Nicola Blaize Ceramics.

::  Alex Shimwell - a maker of ceramic Raku-type ware and based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  The Other Pottery | Gill McMillan - located at Barlaston.

::  Lynda Fox - an artist in ceramics who is based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Keramica - hand-made contemporary ceramic vases from Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Helen Billingsley - a studio potter living and working near Stafford.

::  Kevin Millward is a highly skilled hand-thrown potter, who lives at Brown Edge, Stoke-on-Trent. His work can be seen at Barewall in Burslem.

::  Rachel Dormor Ceramics - based in Stoke-on-Trent, Rachel designs and makes high-quality porcelain tableware.

::  Jacqueline Harold Designs - located in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, Jacqueline is a designer-maker of handmade tableware including automata, ceramic, resin, and silverware.

::  The Other Pottery, Gill McMillan - individually hand-made vases, dishes and jewellery in porcelain with lustre. Based at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Nicola Jane Hulme (Opus Tessellatum) - a specialist tile designer/maker based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Katy Potts.

::  Mark Dally Ceramics - based in Stone.

::  Monica Grohmann - a ceramist and artist, based at Knighton.

::  Consall Forge Pottery - hand-crafted teapots by Nick Williams.

::  The Potter's Barn - based near Alsager.

::  Alsager Pottery.

::  Jo Hearn.

::  Gailey Pottery and Peter Gooderham Ceramics.

 

     ART CERAMICS MANUFACTURERS

::  Moorcroft Pottery - based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. A highly successful local pottery, which is shortly to open a second new factory nearby.

::  Burslem Pottery - fine stoneware based on Burslem Pottery / Moorcroft classics, hand-painted by Tracy Bentley and her team.

::   Dimbleby Ceramics - handmade in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  The New English - a design-based ceramics firm located in Stoke-on-Trent. Their aim is to be "the Vivienne Westwood of the tableware world".

::  Nemesis Now - based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Nemesis make gothic / steampunk / pagan / fannish collectable figurines, and ceramic containers. Nemisis has a turnover of 3 million a year.

::  Scabetti contemporary ceramics - based in Leek. Disctinctive sculptural ceramics for the home.

::  Tiled Space - a Stoke-on-Trent manufacturer of bespoke ceramic tiles.

::  The Firing Line - a Stoke-on-Trent firm offering bespoke runs of white and coloured biscuit ceramic tiles.

H&E Smith - specialist tile manufacturers based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  item ceramics - ethereal ceramic sculptures & architectural installations. Based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Repeat Repeat - an innovative young ceramics-design company based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Heron Cross Pottery - of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Peakdale - based in nearby Macclesfield.

There are many more ceramics manufacturers in the Potteries, ranging from traditional commercial potteries that haven't changed a jot since the Victorian era, such as Burleigh, to Heron Fine China, to modern hi-tech producers such as Steelite. The Stoke-based Ceramic Industry Forum calculated in 2003 that there were then over 300 small potteries in the city.

 

     DESIGNERS / MODELLERS / SERVICES

::  Lynn Dumbleton - a freelance Surface Pattern Designer, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Lyne served a ten year apprenticeship with Spode, then moved to Minton and Royal Doulton. Lynn has also worked commercially with European companies.

::  Surf Ace Design - freelance pattern and shape designer for ceramics and glass.

::  Specialist Digital - ceramic transfer-printers based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. As well as traditional decorations, they are also able to put large hi-res photographic transfers onto ceramics.

::  Freeform Studios - computer modelling services for ceramics modelling.

::   Future Ceramic Operations - provides a product design & development facility for ceramic makers.

::   Daro Design, based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Daro is a product design consultancy, and can offer help with prototyping and visualisation services through to production.

::  Print Digital Ceramics - based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, can offer ceramic transfers for printing photos and designs onto ceramic items.

::  Sculpta Ceramics - product development and ceramic modelling service, based at the Roslyn Works in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

 

     SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT

::  Buttercup China, based in Stoke-on-Trent. They can apply your designs to short runs of fine bone china items.

::  Potters Connection - based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. Offering a large variety of supplies for ceramics makers.

::  Gladstone - a leading supplier of pottery equipment.

::  Pottery Crafts - based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Potclays - based in Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Kilncare - the UK's No.1 kiln manufacturer and servicer. Their site has a gallery of art ceramics and glassware made with their kilns.

::  James Kemp (Ceramic Materials) - located in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, James Kemp are suppliers of colours and pigments to cover a large range of applications, from ceramics to plastics, glass and enamels.

::  Cromartie Kilns and Hobbycraft - based in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Valentine Clays - based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

No web-site Click to e-mail  LALCO - based in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. "A one stop warehouse for pottery and craft supplies. Ceramic transfers made to your own design."

 

     SEEING & BUYING

::  Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, the main public gallery in the city. The free Museum features a all-year-round exhibition of the city's beautiful world-class ceramic heritage.

::  Potteries Museum & Art Gallery : ceramics collection online.

::  Stoke Tourist Board has a full list of the local factory shops. You may need to specifically ask these about their locally-made pottery, since some 'factory shops' appear to increasingly carry large amounts of Chinese and Indonesian items.

::  Creative Walls and Floors - a specialist in... "unique natural, handmade and ceramic tiles, featuring the largest variety of limestone, slate, terracotta, ceramic, porcelain, mosaic, glass, and feature tiles in Stoke-on-Trent."

::  Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, the main public gallery in the city. The free Museum features a all-year-round exhibition of the city's beautiful world-class ceramic heritage.

 

     STUDIOS & WORKSHOPS

  (See Creative Stoke's Studios & spaces page)

 

     ORGANISATIONS

::  British Ceramics Confederation - the main employer's organisation for the British ceramics industry, with over 250 member companies. Based near the railway station at Stoke-on-Trent.

::  CERAM - high-quality technical R&D services and technology transfer to the ceramics industry. Based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Ceramics Industry Forum - offers a host of support services to innovative firms within the industry, including valuable market intelligence on consumer trends.

::  The Hothouse Centre for Ceramic Design.  Stoke-on-Trent's hi-tech creative ceramics cluster, with 20 studios for.... "new and developing small design-related businesses", with access to 3D virtual modelling and rapid prototyping technology so you can visualise & refine your product before you start making it. It expanded in 2004, adding another 23 studio/offices in a neighbouring Grade-II listed building.



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