Unique Pottery Pieces – Simple Beauty
Owning unique pottery pieces brings to mind a feeling of serenity and tranquility that only something from nature can inspire.
Pottery is made all over the world and each piece is unique. Imagine the time, patience and artfulness it takes to create one piece of pottery! To take a lump of mud and turn it into a masterpiece fills me with awe. I wish I had just a tiny bit of that creativity in me!
The primary cause of the development of the pottery industry is the the abundant coal and clay in North Staffordshire. Long ago, pot makers were heavily reprimanded for getting clay from roads – an activity which coined the term “potholes.” High quality clays and coals can be obtained along the north-west up to south-east line which has a suitable geographical area.
In Burslem on the other hand, small factories were constructed by clay makers in the towns of Tunstall, Cobridge, Shelton, Longton, Stoke, and Fenton. These towns are famously lined along the coal and clay belt areas, and had eventually became a city called Stoke-on Trent or the Potteries. The Potteries have accessible roads to and from the city center.
The City of Stoke-on-Trent
The pottery industry had started to rise around 1740 and by this time, the potters had learned to minimize clay usage. This is primarily because the clay makers wanted to produce the quality pottery made in China. The clay they used turn into red when placed in the kiln. As a result, white burning clays are imported to North Staffordshire. It was only in 1796 when Cornish stone and clay came into the city.
By this time, pottery business was now becoming very popular. In the Stoke-on-Trent city, more than half of the total population was now engaged in the making of clay pots. Because they had an abundance of coal, the materials from Cornwall and Devon are brought to the Potteries. To heat up one ton of earthenware, seven to ten tons of coal were required, and only the Potteries town had coal availability.
The clays were first transported via boats, ponies, or manually carried by people. The roads to the potteries were only improved during the 18th century. In 1967, a canal was made which made transportation of raw resources and finished potteries very easy. In 1848, a railway was made which added to the many transportation possibilities going and coming from town.
As time goes by, pottery making is constantly innovated, and new concepts were gradually developed. The pottery companies which were headed by old pottery masters that still continue to operate until today are Spode and Wedgewood.
Ceramics today has become more developed. Now, potteries from England are distributed around the world and the craftsmanship manifested in pottery making has improved more and more.
Everyone should have at least one piece of pottery in their home but having some unique pottery pieces throughout your home could be wonderful! I know you will appreciate the beauty and creativity that is put into each and every piece!
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