On Monday me and my boyfriend took a trip to the Emma Bridgewater Factory here in the heart of our hometown Stoke-on-Trent. The Factory is situated alongside the Caldon canal and is located on the outskirts of the Stoke-on-Trent City Center.
We booked onto a free factory tour which showed us how every piece of pottery is made and the stages it goes through. The pottery touches 30 pairs of hands before it’s sold which I think is amazing! The tour was led by a woman who had so much inside knowledge on the manufacturing of pottery and the history of the factory itself.
The tour lasted for around an hour and we got to see the factory in all its glory, we were allowed to take photos which was great as I can now share them with you all.
We also booked in to decorate our own piece of pottery and we chose a milk bottle (we thought it would make a nice vase for a faux flower). There were around 17 different paint colours to choose from as well as sponges cut into shapes. I don’t really know what I painted, I had bumblebees around the base of the bottle with twigs/leaves in the centre. I’m sure I’ll post a photo over on my Instagram when I pick it up in a couple of weeks so we can all have a giggle.
Emma Bridgewater also offers a Factory Experience Day where you start with the factory tour before enjoying an afternoon tea in their lovely cafe and then finishing up in the decorating studio painting a piece of pottery. You also receive a 10% shopping discount on purchases from the gift shop.
have you ever been to the Emma Bridgewater Factory? Let me know down below in the comments!
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