Was out and about on the weekend, and ventured to The World of Wedgwood. I’ve been meaning to go for sometime but just not got round to it. Well last weekend was a rainy day (nothing new there) so needed to go somewhere undercover and this was perfect. The factory site has been recently redeveloped and has a very contemporary look and feel and with blue sky would have looked even better.
I took a look around the museum, which led you on a journey from the first ceramic production at the Etruria works in 1759 right through to present day, follow the link if you want more history.
Being someone who likes to experiment it was fascinating to see all the original trial samples for achieving the colours and finishes. If you’re looking for design inspiration these kinds of collections are a must. It was interesting how some of the oldest pieces were more in line with today’s tastes than those of the early to mid-1900 when from my point of view design appears to have lost its way a little.
I was especially surprised by the contemporary look of the plain kitchen everyday ware, off-white in colour it wouldn’t look out of place in any modern apartment – I looked for a picture on the online collection, but can’t find it, hmmm. Note to self…. take more notes!
Of course there was the opportunity to make purchases in their flagship store, which as you can see above was a visual feast. And if tea is your thing, then in amongst the wares is a tea bar (they call it the Tea Emporium) where you can order from a vast array of speciality teas, all served in Wedgwood china of course. For something a bit more special there is a elegant modern tea room serving afternoon teas. Take a look below at the creature made of plates and cups, it was huge and very impressive.
We choose a bite to eat in the Dining Hall, which used to be the canteen for the hundreds of factory workers. Unlike the refined shopping and tea areas they had retained the industrial feel in the decor of Dining Hall. The food was delicious, a lot better than what the factory workers were given I think.
I did make a purchases from the pop up retail store on the site, some everyday dinner plates, only 6 – they were actually Royal Doulton, (Hemingway, Knotted) but as I learnt they are all part of the same group now (Fiskars) so didn’t feel too guilty and with 25% off it would have been rude not to.
Hope my little visit has whet your appetite, you can get all the details from the World of Wedgwood site.
In case you didn’t know Stoke-on-Trent is home to many British Ceramic factories so, if you are in the area you can tour factories from the likes of the Moorcroft, Emma Bridgewater and Middleport Pottery home of Burleigh, who incidentally are the makers of the dinner service bargain I picked up in Lancaster not so long ago 😍😍😍.