As an Emma Bridgewater stockist we were kindly invited to the annual trade day. After travelling up from North Devon on Monday afternoon we got to Stoke on Trent and the potteries.
The next day we arrived to tea and toast on an array of Bridgewater china. It's just so gorgeous mixed and matched and piled high.
We were treated to a factory tour which certainly shows what skill goes into making a piece of Bridgewater. From the clay mix which comes from Cornwall, Devon and Staffordshire to the skilled workforce which takes years to achieve the skills they have. The bowl maker has a 7 year apprenticeship and the sponge ware staff take 2 years.
Being made in Britain it makes it so very special as each item feels unique.
Little Em got a go at throwing a plate.
Jane our lovely guide showing us the mugs in moulds.
All ready to go after firing
We got to see all the new AW17 ranges and there are some real beauties coming and some collectable pieces as well. I've got my eye on one or two pieces for next season.
Then we were treated to a fantastic lunch and dessert.
In between we did plenty of shopping and finally got to go to the pottery cafe where we all got to paint or stencil our very own 8.5" plate.